Monday, January 19, 2009

A Confession, a Call for Advice and Some Other Riff Raff

I have a confession.

I've been off the crutches for almost 2 weeks and have a green light to swim, but I have yet to go swimming.

Part of it is because my gym membership wouldn't renew until last Thursday (I had it put on hold for a month while I was injured to save some cash). Since then? I've just been lazy.

And I'm tired of being lazy. But today? Today I feel nervous. It's been a LONG time since I was on my high school swim team. I know that I won't have much endurance to swim for very long. I keep thinking about how I'll go in there, swim a few laps, wear myself out, and then have to leave with wet hair in 30 degree weather. It's not like me to make excuses. I should be singing from the rooftops that I can do something active again.

It's just hard. I'm a runner, not a swimmer. I have great ambitions in my head of swimming 1-2 times a week for cross training because I know it'd be SO good for me. I'm just finding it hard to get started. I wish I had a buddy to join me at the lap pool. Since I don't, do any of you out there who swim (whether occasionally or often) have any advice for me?

I'm thinking about easing into things today by taking one of the cardio swim classes today. I have visions of being the only young person there, but cardio is cardio regardles of the demographics of who comes to the class, right?

I had a relatively low-key weekend. I DID go to the gym on Saturday to celebrate my newfound freedom to use my newly reactivated membership. I did about 25 minutes of upper body weights, and it felt great! I got to check out all of the new equipment they had gotten in. They have beautiful new treadmills. Only two more weeks and I can get on one!

The rest of the weekend I tried to stay in and avoid the cold. I got a LOT done on the scrapbook. Thank you all for your kind comments about the pictures of it that I posted yesterday. I find that once I just sit down and do it, I really enjoy it. I love when I get on a roll and knock a bunch out. I've only got 7 more races to do and then I'll be all caught up! It's fun remembering each race as I scrap it. I know I'll be glad to have a book where I can reminisce over all my races at once any time I want.

I also found out that the New Kids on the Block are coming to Nashville. I'm so not even kidding when I say I will be at Ticketmaster when it opens next week to buy tickets. I know it's cheesy, but I LOVED them as a kid and wanted desperately to go to one of their concerts. Now I have that chance, and I'm going.

In other random news, I went to K-Mart with my mom last night to pick something up. I was waiting in the car, and noticed two police cars in front. I wondered what was up, and then I saw two officers walking out a guy in handcuffs! I'd never actually seen someone get arrested and put in cuffs before, so I was straining to see what was going on (and if I knew the person in cuffs). I kept looking and realized that I did know someone - one of the officers! He's an old friend of mine. I have to say, it was really fun watching him put the guy in his car and then talk to the other officer before they spoke to the K-Mart employee and then left. I'm going to have to call him and tell him I saw him arrest someone. (And I know maybe it sounds creepy to be sitting in the car watching all of this... it's not. I wasn't very well going to get out of the car when I saw him and run over to say hi or anything. I doubt he'd appreciate that... plus, he has a gun. Friend or not, you shouldn't run up out of a dark parking lot to say hi to a guy with a gun.)

Seriously... any swimming advice would be much appreciated. Hope you all had a great weekend.


~Mrs. Guru~ said...

I just started 24 hour fitness and they have a heated lap pool. I told my friend I wanted to start swimming and she said she would do it with me. So we will see. Sometimes you just have to take the plunge!

d.a.r. said...

I swam through college, but I am afraid I don't have any advice except go. Just go. Getting there the first time is going to be the hardest part. Start really slow and build up. You can do it!

Oh, and I am putting links up to those DVDs tomorrow in my blog, look for them!

Sarah said...

It definitely helps to have a buddy - talk someone else into it :)

I would try to find and download some workouts to take with you instead of just doing laps. I think that breaking the swim into sections via a workout (like doing 8 50's, etc.) and including drills makes the time pass more quickly.

*One Step at a Time* said...

I really wish I had some awesome swimming advice for you but unfortunately i'm an awful swimmer! The only encouraging advice I can give you is pretty soon you will be a pro swimmer and will be able to participate in a triathalon? I see a great future for you! lol :)

J said...

I hate swimming alone too plus its hard to get motivated to go if you dont have a buddy. Probably joining the class will be good -it might be hard the first day but I am sure you will meet people.

Love to Run said...

I love to swim but I have never really done laps or anything like a real workout swimming. Sorry, no advice here either. Like you said before, I also would like to do a Tri someday. I did one in HS. Could be a lot of fun (if I don't drown that is.)

Jackie said...

I've been swimming recently at my gym and I think the best advice is to just jump in and get going! I find the breast stroke to be the easiest so I usually do a lap of freestyle and one of breast stroke (to catch my breath and give my shoulders/arms a break) and then repeat. Also, take a few breaks in the shallow end of the pool when you need it. After you are done swimming, take a nice hot shower and sit in the steam room (if your gym has one) afterwards. This helps warm me up and dry me off! Hope that helps get you going :)