Thursday, July 8, 2010

I Swam Today!

Well, I finally got off my duff and went to the pool today.

We have been sweltering here in Ontario. It's been around 35 C every day for I don't know how long. With the humidity, we're talking over 40 C--that's 104 F. We definitely don't live in igloos up here.

It had been a very long time since I'd gone to the municipal pool. Six years in fact. As I came onto the pool deck, I clearly remembered the last time I'd gone to that pool. Six years ago, I was barely walking on crutches. The only place where I could walk unaided was in chest-high water. Pool walking was the only exercise that I was allowed to do and I took full advantage of it. Happily, those days are long gone.

I spent about 1/2 hour in the pool and swam pretty much non-stop. I did 28 lengths, but forgot to find out the distance of a length in that particular pool (it's definitely not Olympic sized). The pool was divided into three sections: slow, medium and fast. Being too slow for the mediums, I ended up with the slow pokes even though I was a Speedy Gonzalez compared to some of the people in that section. I might buy some fins to speed up a bit.

My first four laps were tough. My lungs really hurt, but I managed to get through them and felt better as I went on. I realized that my legs are quite weak, due to nerve damage, surgery and arthritis. I need to find out if fins will help to strengthen them. I felt most of the workout in my shoulders and arms.

I'm really pleased that I went. Now, the trick is to go back...again and again and again and again...


  1. Swimming's fantastic exercise, especially when you work as hard as I have to to keep from drowning...

  2. Good for you! I love my water exercise class!

  3. Great job on getting in the pool. I love to swim.

    Yours in humidity...

  4. I use fins to correct technique in kicking and to add stability to the swimmer for other drills and confidence in distance. Get the fins!

  5. go you!
    the first time is the hardest (all of it) and you should be so flipping PROUD you pushed on through.

    so, when's the next water-date?


  6. Excellent! Swimming is incredible, and I'm so happy you enjoyed it!! Absolutely---again and again!!

    I need to do some more of it too!!!

    Thank you for joining the water challenge!

  7. Great! I'm happy to hear you found some exercise you enjoy doing. I swam all the time as a kid, but the weather here is not encouraging for that. I hear heat wave, humidity, etc., meanwhile, I haven't seen above 65 in a week. I'll have to leave town if I want some real summer, most likely. Sometimes you can find a kickboard (what we used to call them), or styrofoam thingy (the official name, I'm sure)to hold your front half up while you kick, if you want to make sure you get leg work, not just arms/shoulders.