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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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CAROLJ35 4/3/2013 9:27PM

    It is great to swim at our resort here in FL where all the residents are seniors and nobody worries about how they look in swimsuit!
But I am convinced that water aerobics is the best exercise for us older folks. It takes the aches out of my body and makes me feel so good.
Matter - of - fact, I just came from the pool - and we don't have to worry about any lanes here.
Love your blogs!!!

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NANADEE44 4/3/2013 8:54PM

    I so enjoyed reading your "out of the box" blog. I could just feel your apprehension when donning the swimsuit and avoiding the mirrors. I would be the same way. But you have given me reason to think seriously about a chlorine bath in the fitness pool.

Thanks for sharing.

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CHRISSYM30 4/3/2013 8:45PM

    Kudos to you for stepping out of your comfort zone and taking on a different exercise. As for rude guy, he probably thought that by acting like a total ahole (excuse my language) he could discourage you and get you to leave so that he could have the lane himself. Ran into some folks like that years ago when I had easier access to a local pool. Good on you that you stuck it out and showed him he wasn't going to kick you aside. Keep going back girlie :-) I wish I had someone to go on hikes with too. Don't have any friends that do the hike. You would think living in a small state like I do people wouldn't have a problem walking places, but its just the opposite. If its more than a mile away its too far to walk apparently. Love your blogs, they are always inspiring. Keep up the good work emoticon

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EABL81 4/3/2013 8:12PM

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/3/2013 8:09PM

  I'm impressed. Many would give up the exercise because of the foot thing. Good for you! You deserved that lovely lunch! emoticon emoticon

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MYSTERIOUS-LADY 4/3/2013 8:06PM

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ABUFFKIN 4/3/2013 7:52PM

    Kudos to you for getting out of your comfort zone. I am hoping that soon I will be able to ease out of mine. The salad looked great, even if it was a cold day. Hiking sounds like fun, hopefully I can try it one day.

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DGRIFFITH51 4/3/2013 7:09PM

    I too love to hike and struggle to find someone to join me. Wish we were on the same continent, then maybe we could adventure out together.

Hope your foot heals quickly. Don't let your foot go to long, you may need a little medical intervention.

Great job in finding another exercise....cross training!
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Blessings from California

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DANAPRIME 4/3/2013 6:23PM

    emoticon you stuck with your exercise even outside your comfort zone!!!!!!

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FRABBIT 4/3/2013 5:45PM

  Way to go! I am very impressed.

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MELROSE13 4/3/2013 5:20PM

    Nice looking salad..on the rude guy I would say he probably does that every day and was offended that someone else was in "his" lane..like he owns that pool and that lane. obviously had no gym etiquette AT ALL and GREAT JOB and not letting him kick you out...he should admire you for standing by your exercise!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEMT 4/3/2013 5:11PM

    Ohhhhhh! I want that salad! I enjoyed your swim! Hope the foot is getting better!

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DIANNEMT 4/3/2013 4:31PM

    Good for you to get out and swim!!

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ANDYLIN90 4/3/2013 3:22PM

    Good for you in doing something for exercise that is out of your normal activity!

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THOMS1 4/3/2013 3:11PM

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THOMS1 4/3/2013 3:06PM

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 4/3/2013 2:47PM

    Oh my goodness!! Do you know, just reading about that guy swimming under you gave me stress. That would freak me out completely.

Photos of salad are always welcomed!
Well done for sticking to your exercise plan even if it had to take a different form!

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RAINBOWMF 4/3/2013 2:43PM

    emoticon geshhh what's with the Rude Dude? what was wrong with the other lanes?

Anyway you did very well, be proud and happy.

Mary

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/3/2013 2:40PM

    I love the way you write! Fun blog! emoticon

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KACEYSW 4/3/2013 2:06PM

    Swimming has become my saving grace with my knee and hip issues. I can spend hours in the water and feel free as a bird. Reality sets back in as I leave the pool and gravity sets back in. It is always a blessing to have the freedom in the water!

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MAMAHEY 4/3/2013 1:39PM

  Love your blogs! They make me laugh and I can certainly relate. After an extraordinarily minor "surgery", I was grounded from any aerobic activity for several weeks. My first day back in the pool, I was rebuilding my endurance at a turtle's pace, carefully hugging the right side of the lane as instructed. Much to my spaced out surprise, I become the lead swimmer in a three swimmer pile up. I don't even want to think about where my feet connected with the olympic wanna be male behind me nor where his feet connected on the following too close fellow behind him. When we all got to the end of the lane, I whipped off my goggles and apologized. But, I also told them it was my first day back after surgery and I was sorry I was moving so slowly. They both looked rather sheepish; probably thinking I had just undergone something major. I then had all the room and time I wanted. Ha ha. Between us, it was only a procedure on some spider veins so that I would look better in a swim suit. The salad looks great and isn't that some of that wine?

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LESLIE2561 4/3/2013 12:59PM

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DEDE824 4/3/2013 12:48PM

    emoticon I like your determination to exercise in spite of all the things you could have used as excuses not to!!

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JERICHO1991 4/3/2013 12:45PM

    Glad to hear you swam(?) out of your box.

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CEEMAY 4/3/2013 12:39PM

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SHANNONY84 4/3/2013 12:15PM

    Way to go and the salad looks great!

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ALIHIKES 4/3/2013 12:05PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing your experience. I loved reading about swimming, and the guy who swam under you was RUDE. The salad looked yummy, and inspired me to have something similar for lunch today!

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KIPPER15 4/3/2013 12:02PM

    emoticon emoticon Getting out of your comfort zone and getting into the pool was a great accomplishment! Swimming is great exercise and I hope you do go back. The "Rude Dude" needs to wake up to the fact that he really is rude!! emoticon

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AMANDEES76 4/3/2013 11:54AM

    I so love to imagine the pictures that you paint. If I was the one that was swimming I would have said something to that guy for being so rude. it's one thing if you ask but if you just jump in and go without taking into consideration the other person in the lane that's just wrong. I hope you go swimming again soon and that your foot feels better so you can continue your hiking.

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DMSGLASS 4/3/2013 11:51AM

    Love to swim - missed out on it for a couple of years due to brain surgeries and then adult onset epilepsy. Now I have to wear a life jacket to swim, so I bought a kayaking life jacket - lots of room for my arms to move freely, but I still don't like it. Love the swimming part. Waiting for our neighborhood pool to open the end of May (I live right across the street!) so I can get back in the water.

That guy swimming in your lane was exceptionally rude!! He put the "un" in uncouth!!

emoticon on finding an alternate exercise. Hope your foot doesn't take too long to heal.

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NEWHEARTSTART 4/3/2013 11:50AM

    It is great that you are so diversified. And that salad looks yummy.

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LADYMARCIA1 4/3/2013 11:38AM

    This blog really hit a nerve for me. I just joined a gym because my Dr said swimming would be the best exercise for my feet. But I'm no spring chicken any more and being in a swim suit was never that pleasant anyway. So there I was in the pool at the gym, in the 'slow' lane, hanging on to the side (which is what those of us who are older do) and some cute, body beautiful, young man goes perfectly swimming by me. So I suck it in, grab the side of the pool as tight as I can, so he can go perfectly breathstrocking by me.
Man, what happened to my youth???!!!!
Your salad looks yummy, I think I'll have that for lunch today.
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LYNCHD05 4/3/2013 11:31AM

    That salad looks so good. And way to go with the swimming. That guy was pretty rude!

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GRIZ1GIRL 4/3/2013 11:29AM

    It IS hard to eat salad on a cold day! Try warming it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so--takes some of the cold bite out of the greens! :) Looks lovely though--very inspiring!

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LINDERVEE 4/3/2013 11:23AM

    Always love reading your blogs. :)
You're way ahead of me as I can't swim to save my life.

I like the new wallpaper.

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DLDMIL 4/3/2013 11:07AM

    WE must be on the same wave length. As I also have foot pain (see my foot pain=tendonitis blog and have been told to rest. Swimming is a good alternative and like you I haven't gone into a swimming pool in many many years. I don't even own a swminsuit.

Congrats on getting yours on and taking to the water to rest your foot. If it doesn't feel better soon, go see you doctor.

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