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First swim


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I'm staying at a hotel with a pool, so I brought along swim gear gear for my first swim in a few decades. It was both awful and good.

Last week, I tried on my swimmer swimsuit. The swimmer swimsuit is different than the fat old lady with saddlebags swimsuit with a skirt. I was not horrified by what I saw, despite the "childbearing hips" and the roll of fat on my back. Advice from the fat female triathlete whose book l just finished: get over your dislike of how you look in a swimsuit. You are not there to look good; you are there to work out. As a fat cyclist, I "get" that.

I bought a swim cap, goggles, nose plugs and ear plugs. I have a set of goggles and nose plugs, but they're 20 or so year old. I wasn't sure if they'd still work. Being cheap, I brought along the old stuff, thinking I would return the new ones if I don't need them. The rubber on the old nose plugs' strap had disintegrated, but they still work. I'll keep the new ones, though. I don't want to lose them in the river.

The old goggles were leaky. The new ones are like suction cups. Yep, no pool water got into them, but I initially feared dislodging an eyeball when I took them off. (I didn't.)

So, into pool I go. I do not know how to breathe. When I swim face down, I do pretty good. But I'm only able to do a few strokes until I must breathe. Because I have a few years to prepare, I decided to get in a swim workout. I did the backstroke mostly and a bit of side crawling. I was pleased that I didn't freak out when water washed over my face.

I swam for about ten minutes. Part of me wanted to do more, but I didn't want to overdo it. I'm not sore today, so I think I made the right choice. Maybe the potassium in the french fries I had with dinner helped.

Post-surgery, I will be able to swim before I can run (at least I think that's what the doctor said). I figure I'll join a gym as soon as I am able to get up and about. The gym I will most likely join is 8 miles from home and 8 miles from work. I figure that at some point, I will ride my bike to the gym, swim, then ride to work. Two brick workouts a week!
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DAWNSJOURNEY 5/14/2013 6:00PM

    I LOVE THE POOL ! oh did I yell that .. sorry . but WOO HOO for you !!
Glad you didn't freak out and glad you enjoyed your moments in the pool..

oh and I love my bike.. I don't like to run though.. but who knows.. I might have to think about it.. I got the other two down..

Have a great Day !! Thanks for giving me something to think about..
Dawn

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MISSG180 5/14/2013 3:20PM

    I am not getting in the swims I need to. The pool is so easy to avoid. I have to get back in there.

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