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...