Two days of total body rest and I was ready to get going again. But nothing hard on the leg. Just some good old swimming.
I’m actually a pretty strong swimmer. Was a lifeguard in college and did really well on the swim time tests. My stokes aren’t fine-tuned, but I can go pretty hard and fast.
I dislike swimming for a lot of reasons:
- Getting wet (hate it!)
- The fact that it takes as long to get in and out of the pool and packed and showered as it does to swim
- The lack of entertainment (magazines, iPod, people, TVs)
- The wall flip (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hit my head on the bottom!)
- Getting water in my ears (inevitably happens)
- Being indoors
- The challenge of getting out of breath
- Bathing suits (are they EVER fun to put on and take off!?)
- Washing an extra towel
- How I look in a swim cap. Nuff said.
HOWEVER, it IS good exercise and you gotta do what you gotta do! If you can’t run or bike or walk, then you must learn to like swimming. Hopefully I won’t have to do it as my only exercise, but I can assure you that if it was the only exercise I could do I would learn to LOVE swimming.
So today I pretended I was an Olympic athlete. I dusted off my $5 Target goggles. I made a mock sport suit with some black simple bathing suit bottoms and a purple sports bra that looks just like a sport bathing suit top (you really couldn’t tell that it wasn’t a suit, but I do need a one piece because I won’t comment on what happened every time I pushed away from the wall…) I packed my bag and towel. Played grown-up in the locker room. And I swam for about 35 minutes.
The first 20 minutes were steady and boring. I decided that I needed to challenge myself with some sets of something so I did 4 lengths of the pool and tried to beat my time 4x in a row. I believe my pool is 25M, so I was doing 100M in 2 minutes. Does that sound right?
If anyone has any time challenges for me as a beginning strong swimmer, please share!
Before I got in the pool I also did 15 minutes of core work and weights for my arms. My arms didn’t seem to notice the weights before swimming that much. Not sure how tired I was at all after the workout – another reason why I need a drill to do!
I showered at the Y so I’d be all ready for dinner when I got home. My eyes looked awful from the goggles and smeared eyeliner!
My LEG felt great. I think the water and gentle kicking movement was therapeutic!
I came home to a house full of split pea soup smell!
Topped with Frank’s Red Hot and Garlic Gold!! This stuff goes well on everything. (The coupon is still good all week = GarlicGold)
Matt was instructed to throw a pound of split peas into the crock pot with a quart of chicken broth, carrots, celery, herbs and spices and the result was the creamiest pea soup I’ve ever had! I did have to stir it several times and move it from high to low quickly. Unfortunately I don’t have the recipe instructions because Matt is already up in bed, but the recipe linked above is our go-to one with bacon (which you can omit) and the ingredients are about the same. Just put in crock pot and turn to high for several hours.
Served with a slice of 9 Grain Toast
Spread with a thin slice of real butter
After dinner we watched GLEE. Very disappointing. Will I horrify you if I say I really don’t like Madonna’s music? At least not for a show choir. I’m on Puck’s side! One Madonna song (Like A Prayer) would have been awesome. 10x was not fun to watch. More variety please.