If you’ve been reading for a while, you may already know that I have a love/hate relationship with swimming.
Swimming is fun and challenging. I loved to do training swims for my Olympic Triathlon, which I completed last March.
I HATED the idea of swimming in cold, dark, murky Florida lake water. ‘Cause, you know, it’s totally filled with gators. I would see them on bike rides and hikes in the lakes ALL. THE. FREAKING. TIME.
I am just not that brave.
There are not alligators in my area of North Carolina. Which means I can swim in a lake without being totally scurred of them (literally, the two triathlons I did, I had major panic attacked each time). This thought got my brains churning about maybe signing up for an AquaBike (swim, bike, swim) or a Triathlon and just sit out the final leg. :)
After all, I’m out of running commission due to the nagging knee injury. It’s coming along, slowly + surely (with the assistance of daily acupuncture), but I definitely do not foresee running in my immediate future. :( Gotta rest it though, if I want to get better ASAP.
Swimming it is, then!
Meet: the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. It’s clean, family-friendly, and totally cute. Only $5 for a guest to do laps.
I found the bumper stickers in the parking lot to be quite motivating!
And the pool itself was clean, which is a HUGE plus in my book. Pools can be sketchy, but MCAC was great. They even had all these paddles, water running belts, and buoys that people could use.
I swam 1,250 yards (most with a buoy between my legs)! I was so proud. :) I started off with a goal of 500, then decided to do 750, then 1,000, and then I got REALLY tired at 1,250. Good times. It took me about 35 minutes.
Pre-swim smoothie of almond milk, a banana, dark red frozen cherries, cocoa powder, and chia seeds. So good.
And then, bless his soul, the Husband made this dinner. Beautiful, right?
Hummus-stuffed mushrooms, broccoli, baked tofu spiced with herbs, carrots, and sweet potatoes. The mushrooms were AMAZING – the Husband simply washed the portabella mushrooms, smeared some hummus in the cap, and roasted at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
They were mind-blowing.
And the Husband just surprised me with a bowl of Ben and Jerry’s. ‘Shrooms + ice cream?! He’s a keeper for sure. 🙂