The crawling swimmer - what an inspiration!
Monday, June 06, 2011
Went with hubs to the YMCA this evening; he hit the pool while I was doing my thing in the gym. When I came to the pool area, showered off my sweat and donned my bathing suit, he was in the whirlpool, but got out to swim again with me. While catching my breath between laps, I noticed a very overweight middle-aged guy on hands and knees, crawling across the concrete surrounding the pool. Determined not to stare, I swam another lap. As I got back, I noticed he was reaching up and opening a certain door, through which he disappeared.
"Wonder what that was all about?" I asked my husband. He said the man didn't have good use of his legs. He had seen him crawl out of the room (obviously a specially-equipped dressing area) and laboriously make his way to the end of the pool, where the life guard helped him with a special seat that lowered him into the water. Once in the pool, he was able to do a form of swimming unassisted.
Chlorinated water was dripping from my wet head, but that wasn't what burned hot in my eyes at that moment. I realized I was getting a great visual of someone who was going all out - doing whatever it took (no matter how little that may seem to others) - to get as fit as possible. The next time I want to whine (externally or internally) about what's involved in my fitness routine, I hope this man's "just do it" determination will quickly come to mind, giving me the needed impetus to follow his powerful example.
Smiles from JUSFOLK