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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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LINDAK25 4/3/2013 11:05AM

    I'm a day late with my comment but I was AWOL yesterday--I was reading (compulsively). Then again-you didn't read my blog.

I hate when people bump into me, whether I'm swimming or not, good for you for hanging in there.

Your salad looks lovely, especially the eggs. I've been eating egg beaters. It's just not the same.

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PYNETREE 4/3/2013 10:55AM

    Ah...SWIMMING..another one of my "used to do's" !

I shall get in the water, again, sometime before I die. LOL!

Thanks for Sharing your blog. And Speedy Healing Wishes for your right foot!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 4/3/2013 10:46AM

    i havent been swimming in so long i dont know if i remember how to swim LOL

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JSEATTLE 4/3/2013 10:31AM

  love the Blog. I need to swim! Salads for lunch starting today!

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MOMOSG 4/3/2013 10:26AM

    Good for you! Changing things up can be fun.

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JOANNHUNT 4/3/2013 10:18AM

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TURNINGTABLES21 4/3/2013 10:12AM

  Hope your foot gets better soon! emoticon

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330KKD 4/3/2013 10:07AM

    Congrats for finding another exercise to do while your foot heals!.....and if you would have "accidentally" kicked that guy you could have just blamed your injured foot... It wasn't cooperating! Lol

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JANETRIS 4/3/2013 10:01AM

    Way to go with the swim! If we get you on a bike, you will be in triathlon training! emoticon Never say NEVER!!

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LORIVIOLA 4/3/2013 10:01AM

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glad you stuck it out and swam anyway.


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BANDMOM2012 4/3/2013 9:56AM

    I think I would have clipped that rude man right back in his nether regions emoticon Beautiful salad!

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BUSMOM27 4/3/2013 9:55AM

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SUGAR0814 4/3/2013 9:43AM

    Salad looks yummy! Glad you enjoyed swimming even though you had a little turbulence with the other swimmer.

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REGILIEH 4/3/2013 9:35AM

    So emoticon your foot is still bad!

emoticon for swimming, especially having to put up with that CREEP!

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ALHOOVER81 4/3/2013 9:35AM

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SHELL_G 4/3/2013 9:32AM

    Great blog as always! Good for you for finding an alternative exercise emoticon

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ALWAYSROSY 4/3/2013 9:31AM

    Now that's determination! I hope the foot is better.

I was waiting for the story to include that there was a swimming competition while you were in the pool and that man was in the competition!

emoticon Congratulations for dawning a swim suit. (I'm still working on that)
emoticon Well done in finding an exercise that would work!

Hot tea and blessings!
AlwaysRosy

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PATRICIAANN46 4/3/2013 9:30AM

  Swimming is the perfect choice of exercise to do while your foot heals. Good for YOU!!! emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 4/3/2013 9:28AM

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TINY67 4/3/2013 9:26AM

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CATE195 4/3/2013 9:25AM

    Good for you, I love to be in the water, but swimming laps not my favorite. Hope the foot is better soon.

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HLOCHRIDGE 4/3/2013 9:19AM

    Hope your foot feels better soon!

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KNYAGENYA 4/3/2013 9:14AM

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SIMONEKP 4/3/2013 9:01AM

    I love to swim, total water baby. Nope, that is nor regularly done, he can share the lane but he's supposed to stay to one side, that's why there's a line down the middle, just like driving.

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GRAYGRANNY 4/3/2013 8:59AM

    Yummy looking salad. Sorry you are having issues with your foot, but give it time to heal......don't want to be laid up longer than you would if you take it easy.

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CJYOUCANDOIT 4/3/2013 8:58AM

    Thanks for sharing your swimming experience. It is good you gave your foot a rest. You reminded me that if one thing does not work there is another way to exercise. We used to go to the pool all the time. I do miss it but we do not have one available to us where we live without expensive gym membership fees. I hope your foot heals quickly. You are always an inspiration.
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MNNICE 4/3/2013 8:48AM

    Great that you found the motivation to find something you COULD do when your foot spoiled what you WANTED to do! Way to go!

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QUAIL75 4/3/2013 8:30AM

    Great blog! emoticon

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INGMARIE 4/3/2013 8:25AM

    Good For You. standing your ground, next time that jerk is in the lane with you
kick a bit x-tra hard. emoticon
Love that salad ,looks soo good.
Thanks for sharing and I hope your foot gets better soon.
(then you can kick harder too)

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GAILRUU 4/3/2013 8:11AM

    Good for you to find something to do that won't further injure your ankle. Also for putting up with someone who obviously has parents who didn't teach him good manners.

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NANCYTUNBERG64 4/3/2013 7:59AM

    I love your blogs. Please keep them up. They make me laugh in the a.m. starting my day off right

Thank you

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JANEMARIE77 4/3/2013 7:55AM

    salad looks great what a wonderful job you did of sticking with it for you and finding something else instead of just saying I cant You can do it way to go

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SUNCRAVER 4/3/2013 7:50AM

    I love to swim but to find an indoor pool is difficult here, glad u were able to enjoy urself.

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MIMIDOT 4/3/2013 7:45AM

    Swimming is great exercise, but I haven't swum in years. You are brave to contend with the jerk swimming in your lane. Don't know what I would have done. (Your guess is as good as mine! lol)

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MOMMY445 4/3/2013 7:43AM

    glad to hear that you enjoyed your swim. your salad looks delicious!

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DEBLYNN323 4/3/2013 7:40AM

    Glad you enjoyed your swim! emoticon

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NKECHI711 4/3/2013 7:37AM

    Swimming is one of the things on my to-do list. I haven't been swimming in 12 years and my husband and kids love it! I have been so ashamed of my weight that I don't even own a swimsuit. Grants on finally taking that step again!

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WATERDIAMONDS 4/3/2013 7:33AM

    I've been the slow person in the lane myself, so I can commiserate with your experience. The best thing, of course, is that you stuck with it, despite the jerk.

Congrats on the lovely salad as well. You're doing a great job, considering your injury and the temperature!

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LRSILVER 4/3/2013 7:09AM

    congrats on the great lunch and your swimsuit being loose.


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TEACHING1ST 4/3/2013 7:08AM

    I kind of wish you would have ...... ooops, lost your balance and 'accidently' kicked that guy. What rudeness on his part! But I'm so glad you enjoyed the water. Maybe give water aerobics a try. It's so much fun!

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LANNIEMANUEL 4/3/2013 7:08AM

    good for you not to let that man force you out the lane. but even better that you found a way to work out without further injuring your foot

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PENOWOK 4/3/2013 7:02AM

    How smart you are to do the pool and give that foot a rest!

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GARDENCHRIS 4/3/2013 6:59AM

    glad you enjoyed the swimming. I probably would have let the guy plow into me so that I could yell at him for being such an idiot! lol emoticon

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OFGREENGABLES 4/3/2013 6:59AM

    you almost inspire me to try swimming again!

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CVRONEK 4/3/2013 6:55AM

    Love the way you improvised, overcame and adapted. emoticon

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SHERYLP461 4/3/2013 6:49AM

    your day sounds fantastic!

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SANDYCRANE 4/3/2013 6:46AM

    Keep up the good work.

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ROBB1N 4/3/2013 6:35AM

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BLUENOSE63 4/3/2013 6:34AM

  Great looking salad

Sounds like you might have encountered the stupidest person in a swimming pool ever. You were too polite as I have been swimming indoors for years and never in all that time has someone swum under me! How rude and weird all at the same time.

I would have that foot checked out though as you don't want it to get worse



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LYNKIN 4/3/2013 6:32AM

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