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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

I like to think of myself as a fairly adventurous sort of person. Not adventurous as in white-water rafting, shark-fishing and so on, but someone who's always willing to do something different. This is how I originally came to be hiking on my own - I wanted exercise and fresh air, and didn't know anyone else who wanted to go hiking, so I bought a map and the rest is history.

And mud.

At the weekend, though, I realised just how much a creature of habit I really am, when it became clear that whatever I've done to my right foot isn't going to go away in a hurry (I originally did something to it on my 16-mile hike, and then hiking nine miles with Stonecot on Good Friday annoyed it further). I'd planned another couple of hikes over the Easter weekend and I realised yesterday I wasn't going to get them. I tried the stationary bike at the gym on Saturday instead, but it was ow ow ow.

So, here I was today, wanting exercise but not wanting to upset this foot further. Ruminated on the issue all of yesterday evening and finally concluded I was going to have to go for a swim today.

This may not be a big deal to most of you, but apart from the odd dip in the Med, I haven't swum in about 14 years. I like swimming ok, but I don't like swimming pools.



Get swimsuit out, check the size and it's only one size too big so should be ok (turns out to be a bit baggy round the nether regions, but so am I, so I can blame any wrinkles on the swimsuit). Pick up bag of gym doings and add swimsuit to it, set off.

Get to the pool, change, avoid looking at self wearing swimsuit in mirror as if I do I will NEVER leave the changing room, emerge at poolside with plugs in my ears and no specs so let's say I have limited awareness of what's going on around me. Enter water, cautiously. Swoosh off.

I am not what you'd call flashy in the water. I swim breaststroke without ever getting my face wet. Still, I start to trundle up and down the length of the pool. It's in lanes and I'm in the slow lane (you'd guessed?). After a while I see another person come to the edge of the pool and get in. There's only me in the lane but I lose sight of him. That is until he swims underneath me.

I mean, what a jerk. This isn't a usual thing to do is it? He's not a slow swimmer, he's simply picked this lane because it's the emptiest and for the next 15 minutes he passes me regularly, clipping my feet a couple of times and causing me to make a rapid detour once because he's swimming backstroke right down the middle of the lane and can't see me. There's not much I can do about it because I can't hear or see very far. I'm sure he'd rather have the lane to himself, but I'm determined to stick to it.

Anyway, I tell myself I'll do 10 lengths, then 16, then 20 and at 20 I do stop. Not bad given it's so long since I hit the chlorine. Really enjoyed it too.

I'll be back.

On the way home I buy watercress and an orange pepper and make myself a sumptuous salade Nicoise for lunch. The first photo attached to this blog is of my toes, taken on a Mediterranean beach a couple of years ago. A great place for swimming, not a million miles from Nice where they invented salade Nicoise. The photo below is my salade Nicoise. Am quite proud of myself for eating a salad on a day when the temperature outside is 46F (8C).



The link between the photos and the blog is somewhat tenuous but it was that or the outside of a municipal swimming pool.
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CATNCAG 1/27/2014 4:41PM

    emoticon for swimming & your determination even though u had to deal with a rude swimmer! emoticon emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 8/2/2013 11:29AM

    I was in swimming for 4 years in high school and have never had someone swim under me like that. That's rude! People are suppose to wait their turn if their going to share lanes. I'm glad you stuck to the lane! I think he might have been trying to intimidate you out.

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LYNNIERN 5/6/2013 11:51PM

    Good for you!! That guy needs some pool etiquitte 101. Glad you got your 20 laps in even though you had to deal with that distraction.

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MAW_OH 4/27/2013 12:23PM

    Keep up the good work! My Y has a walking channel, and I like to do walking laps there and it can get crowded especially when a lot of kids are there, but I just go around and keep on. emoticon

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KAB7801 4/26/2013 6:09PM

    Great! emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 4/26/2013 9:27AM

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AMBER461 4/25/2013 7:56PM

  Good for you keep it up. You salad looks good.

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NEWTINK 4/9/2013 9:02AM

    You did great I am proud of you emoticon

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KALEWINE 4/7/2013 2:31PM

    Tweny laps! I'm impressed! emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 4/7/2013 6:47AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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MARIONJEANA 4/6/2013 6:03PM

    Your salad looks delicious!

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CLAYARTIST 4/5/2013 10:52PM

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FALLNTENN 4/5/2013 7:48PM

    Your salad looks delicious. The guy at the pool was a jerk.
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REALKIEKEY 4/5/2013 12:58PM

    emoticon It' always a good idea to shake up your routine anyway.

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FARIS71 4/5/2013 11:22AM

    Most awesome!! I am thinking I will be swimming soon too due to a hip malfunction. This was encouraging. Thank you as always!

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SWIMMAN 4/5/2013 10:40AM

    Way to go!
It was great you stuck it out at the pool because that guy seemed to have been trying to chase you out of the lane. Faster swimmers need to be the ones to use that extra speed they have to get around slower swimmers and such. To swim under someone is a no-no. The guy was a jerk! You didn't let it stop you and that was what was important - Woo hoo!!

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LAURIETAIT 4/5/2013 12:21AM

    He was a jerk. Absolutely no sense of pool etiquette there. Twenty laps is an impressive start. The salad looks lovely. Well done all around!


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MARITZA_TIRADO 4/4/2013 8:52PM

    You should be really proud of yourself!!!

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AJB121299 4/4/2013 7:34PM

    Nice Photos

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KOOSHKY 4/4/2013 4:07PM

    Lovely pics!

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BKNOCK 4/4/2013 3:50PM

    Wow, you are right! What a jerk! To bad you didn't step on him by mistake. Salad looks yummy!

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MURRAYGOLD 4/4/2013 10:52AM

    I just added swimming to my exercise routines as well...I'm thinking my body really really likes it so will try and go more often. Me too...leaving the eyeglasses in the locker makes getting to the pool and into my lane a bit fuzzy! :-)

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4KWALK 4/4/2013 10:08AM

    Very wise to pick the pool, I can totally understand the limited vision without the glasses. I have to get pretty close to anyone or anything to see them without the specs.
Miss your hiking blogs but enjoyed the word pictures on this one too.

No mud though. emoticon

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KAB7801 4/4/2013 8:43AM

    Great blog!

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SPARKBJOK 4/4/2013 8:08AM

    Good to get out of our comfort zones occasionally. Well done!

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CFMOSS 4/4/2013 7:27AM

    Continued thanks for your writing which takes us along your life journey in beautiful word pictures.

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BANNERMAN 4/4/2013 2:06AM

  Thanks for sharing

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/4/2013 12:36AM

    Good for you!! That dude was totally rude, but you were awesome! Salad looks yummy too. :)

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  good blog

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    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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    emoticon emoticon Way to hang in there!! I am sorry about the rude guy but I am glad you did not let him ruin your day! emoticon

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