I didn’t feel like going to the pool but.........
Friday, January 04, 2019
A friend suggested going to the pool together. It’s twenty minutes’ walk from here and going out early in the morning in just above freezing temperatures and getting wet felt like the last thing I wanted to do.
I walked briskly in beautiful sunny weather and met her there. I think restarting strength training has increased my energy levels and I feel more relaxed. There are usually mainly elderly people at the pool on a weekday, but the holidays are not quite finished and there was more of a mix. People are friendly and greet each other, a bit less reserved than usual in Japan. I always feel uncomfortable that I can’t see enough without glasses to make proper eye contact or to see people’s facial expressions. I’m probably just not used to it because I didn’t need to wear glasses all the time until late middle age.
As soon as I walked into the warm pool area, I felt I’d made the right decision in coming. I love getting into the water as long as it’s not shockingly cold, and the water was nice and warm. I spent more time swimming and less time walking than usual - high energy today. Then my friend wanted to go to the gym. In Japan, that involves a lot of putting on and taking off of shoes - mine all with laces. I thought, “Oh what a bother!” but I haven’t been to a gym in a few years. That sounds bad, doesn’t it?
Using the machines feels like playing with toys. I love it once all the shoe lace stuff is done. Then we went to a hotel which is rather like a hostel and serves dishes from many countries. I had Greek food and she had fish and chips.Then a brisk twenty-minute walk back, followed by an afternoon nap.