Thursday, August 11, 2011
Usually my day begins at nine-something. Today it started at 6:45. I really wasnít sure Iíd be able to force myself to get up and go swimming so early in the morning. Itís so much easier to just roll over and say, ďNahhhh, Iíll sleep in and work out later.Ē
Thought #1: This is why Iím really glad Iím doing this with a friend. Weíre accountable to each other, weíre motivated by each other, and we motivate each other.
It was a little chilly, being nearly eight in the morning, but the pool was, of course, heated. It was mercifully tepid from the moment we got in.
Thought #2: Vain, but the pool is shaded by trees in the morning, which means I wonít get dark.
The first few laps were a tiny bit of a struggle - not swimming them per se, but when I got from one side to the other, I would be short of breath. It reminded me of just how long it really had been since Iíd last gone swimming.
Thought #3: I wouldíve thought Iíd get more tired and sluggish and it would be tougher to swim the longer I swam, but it was actually the opposite. The recovery time decreased between each lap until I could just about instantly swim back and forth (although Iím still not quite there yet).
Thought #4: When I stepped out of the pool, I almost felt as if I hadnít even worked out. Itís not like doing the elliptical, obviously - there was no sweat, practically no soreness.
Thought #5: I was energized, but also starving. I forgot how hungry swimming makes you!
Iím so glad I went ahead and did this despite my past misgivings about it, despite how self-conscious I feel in a swimsuit. Iím super excited to go again tomorrow morning - and everyday after that. Iím excited to see results, not only in my physical appearance, but also in my strength, endurance, and stamina.