Tales from the Pool
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I got a really great swim workout in this afternoon. Oh I was feeling amazing after it...so amazing in fact that I didn't notice the the GIANT FREAKING BLISTER that's developed on the ball of my right foot! The workout happys have passed (other people call them endorphins but I prefer my naming) and boy oh sweet jebus in a manger I can feel it now! Its like a throbbing being in its own right, I think it just filed for a social security number actually...
You may be asking how on earth did she get a blister in a pool? And you know what, I won't even mock that question as it's a fair one really. I can't swim. Don't worry, I can prevent myself from drowning. I learned after I did actually drown; it was all very dramatic, but that's a story for another time.
My "swim" looks like a cross between a doggy paddle and some kind of seizure. As awkward as that may look, it wouldn't stop me from doing it in public. When you're born without grace, you develop a fine sense of the ridiculous and the self-delusion that people are laughing WITH you. But according to my heart rate monitor, running hard in neck high water burns more calories than my sort of-swimming. So I pace myself on the people who are really swimming and try to keep up with them running in the water. In order to get much forward (or backward) movement I have to push off with my feet. I did this for a bit over an hour and managed to get a mile in! I am just a barrel of awesome.
You ever seen someone running in neck high water? It's not much prettier than my swim stroke. In fact I made a couple new friends at the gym who stopped to ask me what the heck I was doing.
The first guy was the one I was sharing a lane with and accidentally hit in the thigh. Hey, he joined MY lane and I gave him fair warning I was clumsy, here's how I said it: "Nope, I don't mind at all, but I'm really clumsy so I might accidentally hit you" Well, I did and I said sorry and then he asked what I was doing, so starts the "I can't swim, but I like the water" explanation. He told me he thought that was cool ( but I bet he doesn't ask to share my lane again LOL)
The 2nd guy stopped me as I was getting out of the pool to ask me if I was recovering from an injury. My laughter boomed and bounced around the pool area and I gave him the "I can prevent myself from drowning but I can't really swim" story. He was chuckling with me and told me it was great that I was in the water anyway.
All in all it was a nice swim workout and I got a laugh out of it too!