Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Watery workout

To continue my storyline from yesterday and since I'm devoid of any creative ideas, let's talk further about fitness.

I was bummed to interrupt my aerobic momentum, so when Jilda made an excellent suggestion I jumped on it. We take our great nephew Jordan to swim lessons twice a week. She said, "Why don't you take your swim trunks and swim while he does his lesson?"  I can't believe I hadn't thought of that.

So this morning, I donned my festive swimsuit that I'd bought for our cruise to the Carribean last year and we headed out to the natatorium. After a frosty shower, I hit the water with purpose. It was warm as bath water. Eying the far end of the pool with confidence, I quickly fell into an overhand stroke. It's an Olympic-sized pool and my seven-year-old nephew made swimming it look like child's play.

By the time I reached the deep water, I was huffing, puffing, and making non-aquatic sounds. In fact, I sounded like a buffalo floundering in the water. I made it to the end and turned. I forced a smile on my face to reassure Jilda that the effort was a piece of cake though my heart was pounding inside my chest like an angry monkey.

I managed to dog-paddle to the shallow end, where I spent the remainder of the time. I walked, swam, and hopped the entire time. By the time I finished the session, I felt as if I'd just completed the triathlon.

It was a warning shot across my brow (a little play on words.) I really should be doing more to stay in shape.


  1. Next time two lengths, it just gets i've been told.

  2. I give you credit for trying. They do say exercising in a pool is good for you.

  3. I swim laps at our community pool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. It's the only exercise I've managed to stick with. Believe me, it gets easier.

  4. That is a great idea. Keep it up. I should try it some myself, I loved to swim in the rivers and creeks coming up. I don't know why I quit. And besides, it does make a great entry!

  5. Way to go! Swimming is the best exercise to do with bad knees. I took water aerobics last year and enjoyed it....even though our instructor was a bit of a flake! Enjoy your time and exercise and don't get too intimidated by Jordan's youth and stamina!

  6. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise. Good for you for making it to the deep end in the first place.

  7. Great idea... Take it easy big guy. Keep at it but don't show off... Just ease into it and the heart and lungs will get exercised a little at a time. Those fellas work 24 hours a day. When they get stronger , you can show off and we'll all be impressed.



  8. Swimming is a fantastic idea! You can get all the aerobic exercise you can stand, and it's still easy on your joints. I wish I had a convenient place to swim.
    Don't forget to have fun!

  9. Made me smile (and relate.)

  10. OH-Been there and the last bit looks like it is 5 miles away

  11. I don't really know how to swim other than dog paddle and float. Good for you, jumping in the water. I haven't used Willy Dunne Wooters' pool once this summer because every day it's overcast and then it storms. It's also burning hot.



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