Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis

Mostly Swimming

Sometimes when I get in the pool, I can just swim a lap, stop, turn and swim right back - lather, rinse, repeat for 30 minutes straight.

But, sometimes, like today, I don't have the steam required.  So I do intervals.  I time my leave - like I leave when the timer gets to the minute. It generally takes me 40-45 seconds to get to the end.  Then I rest til the timer gets to the minute again.  Lather, rinse, repeat.

This is where the counter helps me feel like I'm getting the most out of my swim. A half mile is 36 laps.

When I do continuous laps, I can do a half mile in 30 minutes.  But when I do the intervals, it takes longer.  But, rather than guess, I just count.  Today I did 40 laps in 45 minutes.  I'm perfectly ok with that.

I feel like a half mile a day is a good workout.

It gets me stretched and enables me to feel better all day long and it's fun.  And, it's easy to find 30-45 minutes of uncrowded pool time at one pool or another every day of the week.  My two fears are doing something - injury or illness that will have some doctor telling me I can't get into the pool OR finding swimming no longer fun.  Right now it's hard to imagine the latter but ...  Once, long ago, I made a business out of hobbies - sewing an knitting - it sucked the joy I got from both of them right out of me for a long time.  I do not want to make that mistake again.
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