I heard myself saying all sorts of ridiculous things designed to convince Meyles that today was not a good day for me to start swimming. When I ran out of excuses I realised two things:
1. Meyles' Care Factor = zero
2. If I didn't swim I'd feel disappointed with myself
- I put my togs on and packed my swimming bag
- I drove to the pool, arriving at 9am, noticing the sign said “water = 24 degrees”. Nice
- I slapped on a bit of sunscreen, pulled on my sexy swimming cap and goggles and stuck my earplugs in my ears
- I entered the water
- [insert expletive of choice] it was freezing! Certainly not 24 degrees! It’s 24 degrees outside, so getting in the water should be hardly noticeable except that I’m wet! Holy crap!
- Within about 30 seconds of reacting to the water, I took off slowly down my lane. I realised much later that it didn’t feel cold anymore. It just felt normal. Better than normal. Wonderful, in fact!
|wax ear plugs. you soften then shove them in your ears|
The trick with swimming is to go slow. Otherwise you will drown before you get to the other end of 50m. (Mind you, I had to stop and breathe for about 10-15 seconds at the end of every length. But still.) Turned out there was about 5 other people in the pool and I had my own lane the entire 45 minutes I swam. In that time I completed 22 lengths of a 50m pool. That’s 1.1kms! Not bad for my first swim in about a year!
|i cheat too|
I feel so damned impressed with myself. What a fantastic exercise at this time of year. Swimming in beautiful water under a blue sky, working hard while not feeling hot and sweaty. I remember why I love swimming so much.
Then I plugged in my stats to my new phone app: www.myfitnesspal.com and was staggered at the calories burned:
· 45 mins of ‘swimming laps, freestyle, light effort’ = 433 calories
That's more than I eat in a whole meal lately!
I am already planning my next swim.