I’ve decided that I weigh too much, or maybe I’m just too short. Yeah. That’s it, I’m too short. I love the warmer weather when I can ride my bike to work and get exercise in that way. I do see lots of people riding bikes in this kind of weather, but I just can’t get into it. Maybe that’s because I’ve never tried it, who knows. I saw someone ride by when it was close to zero. They were so bundled, I don’t know how they could ride. His head was totally wrapped with a scarf, then covered by a ski mask. Then he had a motorcycle helmet (complete with shield) over that. I’m thinking that person didn’t have a choice. I also love to walk in nature when the weather is good, or not so good. I’ve been known to head to the nature center when it’s going to storm. So far I haven’t been struck by lightning with my car keys in hand.
I work at the YMCA so I can go there for free. But do I? Nope. Why? I have no idea. I think sometimes when you work someplace, you just want to leave there when you’re finished. I love the water. I love to swim and years ago, before I had children and I owned my own business, I would drive all they way across town to swim at the Y at six in the morning. It was kind of intimidating. Why you ask? Because it was a bunch of athletic business guys and me. I’d been reflecting on that time way back when during that one winter where I swam away and I really enjoyed it.
The quest was on. I had to get a one piece bathing suit because my flaw hiding, designer suits just weren’t going to cut it for lap swimming. I don’t think anyone I know likes to go swimsuit shopping, especially in the wintertime. Since we live where we do bathing suits aren’t readily available this time of year. So I did what any computer geek would do. I ordered three, online. I scored as one fit. I scored again because when I peeled it off (and was thinking that the pattern was too busy for me) I found out it reversed to black on the other side. Awesome. Black is good, especially when you only sport six inches from your navel to your pelvis. Next up I had to find a pair of swim goggles. MC Sports usually has this sort of thing. Not this time of year. They had plenty of flippers and masks but no Speedo goggles. I was bummed, thinking this was yet another item I would have to order online. Then I remembered Bass Pro! Heck it’s right up the road from where we live. They had a ton of Speedo goggles. And they had the junior size for people with smaller heads like myself. I was ready to swim.
Our Y offers lap swimming early in the morning, during the lunch hour and right after work from five to six. I didn’t feel like doing early morning again. I wanted to do the lunch hour, it’s less crowded, but I will be teaching every single day at lunch with the exception of Friday. No complaints there. So the five to six time it would be. I headed out on Monday night and got there ten minutes early. People (men) were already swimming, so I chose a lane that was not roped off and hugged the wall. I didn’t feel like getting trampled. It had been a long time since I’d swam like this. Would I last longer than five minutes? Yes, yes I would. I swam laps for thirty-five minutes with a few short breaks. I did what most people do when they start out. I swam too fast. I was excited. The water felt good and I was really happy to be there. Even if it was just me, and a bunch of other guys, I got over it. I’ll be going back and who knows, maybe I’ll continue through the nice weather.
Feeling stuck in your exercise routine? Try something new or return to something you once loved. I think that’s the key.