Hey, hey. Howâ€™s your Friday going?
I MADE IT TO THE POOL. My buddy was not very thrilled that I dragged him to the gym. Sorry, Dad. But we made it, and we swam about 650 yards. I think 650 is my new current â€˜normalâ€™ â€“ 900 yards is just too far these days. Iâ€™m still pretty proud of 650, though.
While swimming, I was thinking about how much Iâ€™ve fallen in love with the activity. When I first started this blog four years ago, I had never swam for fitness, ever. After a few years, I wanted to do a triathlon, so I taught myself how to swim freestyle by watching YouTube videos and getting a friend who was an accomplished swimmer to give me some real-life pointers. I sucked at swimming at first. My form was terrible, and I found it to be very grueling physically. I couldnâ€™t swim more than two or three laps without needed a long, long break, despite being in pretty good cardiovascular shape. But I didnâ€™t give up. And thenâ€¦ one dayâ€¦ it kind of just clicked. I figured out how to swim!
Of course, then I did my first triathlonâ€¦ and had a nasty panic attack in the lake and quit the race. It took me over a year to get over the horror of open water swimming, and when I tried again, I had another terrible panic attack in the lake, but I trudged on. I didnâ€™t want to quit. And slowly but surely, I figured out lake swimming. And now swimming â€“ whether in the pool or the lake â€“ is one of my favorite things to do, period.
In hindsight, I am so glad that I have swimming now. Not only is it the only exercise (besides walking) that I can comfortably do at 39 weeks and 2 days pregnant, but itâ€™s really fun (when is pretending to be a mermaid NOT fun? <â€”yes, I do this). And itâ€™s refreshing and invigorating. It makes me feel so good â€“ never drained.
Iâ€™m not just swimming because I canâ€™t run or bike or spin. Itâ€™s not my second place sport. Swimming isnâ€™t my back-up. Itâ€™s my favorite sport. Iâ€™m glad I gave it a few chances. Just because it wasnâ€™t love at first stroke doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s not meant to be.
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