So, I finally joined my local YMCA yesterday and went this morning for my first workout. I had planned to get there by 8am so I could do some lap swimming before the adult lap swim ended at 9 [Saturdays during the summer, there are kids' swimming classes during the rest of the morning], but I didn't end up leaving my house until 8. I figured the pool would be crowded so I wouldn't get to swim-- but I peeked in on my way to the locker room and there were only two people in the pool! So I changed into my bathing suit and went swimming before hitting up the rest of the gym.
Oh, swimming. Haha. So, I can swim. I've known how to swim pretty much my entire life. My mom took us all to aqua baby classes, we had a pool in our backyard throughout my entire childhood, and we went to the beach regularly, living about 10 minutes away from it. I'm a competent swimmer, and I can hold my own even in the ocean. I am not, however, very elegant or efficient in my swimming. Aside from when I was ~1 year old, I've never taken swim lessons. I know how to swim, but I don't know how to swim properly, if you know what I mean. My form is terrible. I splash everywhere. I don't understand when you're supposed to breathe [or, I understand in theory, but actually making it happen is another matter].
Plus, I haven't been swimming in about 3 years.
So, I got in the pool and swam to the end. 37 seconds. Okay, not bad at all. Sure, there was a lot of splashing and I am terrible at swimming in a straight line [but I can't really walk in a straight line either so, what do you expect?] but not terrible. I turned around and swam back to my starting point. 1:30 for the entire lap. Somewhere around the second lap, I started to falter. This was HARD. I was expecting that, but... I wasn't quite prepared.
I ended up doing 5 laps, with longer and longer breaks between them, in about 15 minutes. I've done better, but I've also done worse. So, I have my fitness challenge for the summer. Well, sort of. I'm going to be focusing on my swimming, but... what's a good goal to work towards? Like, how many laps is a decent workout, and in how much time? I know absolutely nothing about lap swimming, so...
The Y also offers adult swim lessons so I'm thinking about that, once I have more cash to spare. They have basic swim lessons and "technique clinics" so the latter is definitely for me. Like I said, I know how to swim, I just don't know how to swim *properly*. [Another thing I still have to learn? How to put a swim cap on properly. That was a disaster.]
After swimming, I went to the cardio room and did some time on the elliptical and treadmill [just walking, I'm still recovering from a knee injury from last week] so that was nice, as well. And I've got my class schedule all picked out!
Monday, 9-10am: women with weights [I really need to get back into strength training]
Tuesday, 6-7pm: kickboxing
Wednesday, 9-10am: aqua aerobics [SO EXCITED!]
Friday, 9-10am: aqua aerobics
Not too bad.
There's also a more advanced weight class, that's more p90x style, which I want to do eventually. But first, I have to get my strength training back up to where it should be. And there's a spin class, which I might do eventually, but I didn't want to do too much at first. [Sadly, the yoga class doesn't work out with my work schedule. Oh well, maybe next session!]