Posts Tagged ‘swimming’

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16 laps

September 1, 2008

I did it! I swam. I was so proud of myself. I went at a down time, which means for 90% of my swim I was alone. Which was nice. And when another lady popped up in my lane, it didn’t really bother me. I should make an effort to go at down times more often…with gas prices and all, I hate to make an extra trip to the gym when I can do cardio right outside my front door.

I felt really good afterwards. A little sore, but it was a good sore. I know it wasn’t a long distance, but I hope to improve! I have a friend who can swim a mile much more eaily that she can run one, so maybe she can give me some tips…I’d be willing to give her some running advice in exchange!

Yesterday was a rest day (but I did get some exercise mowing the lawn with a push mower!). So now it’s time to get my butt in gear, go for a run and write some stress tests (it may be a day off, but deadlines wait for no one!). Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in a little yardwork as well. Enjoy your day off!

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Just keep swimming!

August 30, 2008

Swimming. I love it and I hate it.

I love how it makes me feel. I love the total body workout I get from it. I love that it’s a change of pace. I love the new challenge it presents.

I hate being seen in a bathing suit. I hate being so slow. I hate being cold, wet, and covered in chlorine.

Yesterday, I had every intention of swimming. My favorite workout involves a good run, strength training, followed by a swim. I did the run. I did the strength training. I changed into my bathing suit. I showered off. I wrapped a towel around myself. I walked to the pool. And…I chickened out. My ideal swimming situation is an empty pool. One without people. People who could (but almost certainly don’t) stare at me, judge me. But it was fairly full yesterday. All of the lanes had at least one person in them, including my good ol’ slow lane. Doubling up is generally accepted, but I just couldn’t bring myself to jump in a lane with a stranger. I wandered around for a minute and then retreated to the locker room. *sigh* I’m so disappointed in myself. I need to get over my fears and just do it! I’m such a coward. Why should I care

I need to run out and get some things for my husband’s birthday. Which requires going by the gym. So today, I resolve to get in the pool. Keep me to it!!