First of all - I donated some whole wheat zucchini bread muffins to an online bake sale at Steph's Bite by Bite to help support Sam's Fund - a suicide prevention charity. Click here to bid on them, or anything else, or them.
This post has been a long time coming. Our camping trip got in the way. If you missed the pictures I posted late yesterday - click here.
I guess I should start by saying that this isn't the first time I have swam for fitness. When I was in elementry school I was on the swim team.
However, since then, with the exception of a semester of college, the only time I have swam I had a cocktail in my hands.
So, although I wasn't trying something completely new, I was trying something completely out of my comfort zone.
I was out of my comfort zone when I stripped down to my swimsuit in the locker room.
I was out of my comfort zone when I walked up to the 21 year old male lifeguard, told him I had never been here before, and asked him if there were any rules.
I was out of my comfort zone when the 5 Ryan Lochte lookalikes were speeding past me in the lane next to me.
I was out of my comfort zone when I felt like I had maxed out my lung and muscle capacity, looked at the clock, and realized only 5 minutes had past. Ha!
As soon as I jumped in the water I realized that I had no idea what to do next. I remembered the basic strokes from swim team, but I didn't know which ones to do when. How fast should I try to be? How long do I need to go?
I ended up just winging it and for 30 minutes I tried not to stop for more than 15 seconds or so. I swam roughly 40 laps (1000 meters) doing mostly freestyle, some breast stroke, and a few back strokes.
Although I came in without a plan, I left the pool exhausted and red eyed (still need to get goggles). Next time (hopefully this week) I will try some type of formal workout. Pinterest, here I come.
Have a lovely (short!!!) week!