Last night was the first time I felt comfortable doing the week 1 workout from the 0-1650 yards program. Probably not a coincidence that it was the first time I swam with my sweet new swim cap as well. I’ll add the extra 200 yards for week 2 to my workout next time I swim.
The pool was crazy packed last night and we had to wait for like 10 minutes for a lane to open up which is pretty unusual. Then this couple, who seemed to be oblivious to everything took the lane next to ours and proceeded to swim like half a lap, stop in the middle of the pool and hug each other - to the disdain of everyone else waiting by the pool for a lane. This was after the girl, confused as to how a lap pool works, I guess, swam crossways under like 3 lanes and almost bumped into the people in those lanes swimming the correct way. It was a weird evening, but Alvin was there! Killing it as usual.
You know Game of Thrones has done something right (or wrong) when, during the finale last night, I was fully expecting them to show a shot of a severed penis in a box (I won’t say whose! Spoilerzzzz!). Like, that is not an out of bounds thing for this show at this point. I cannot tell you how relieved I was when they opted not to, but do you think they had it mocked up, just in case?
Also, where’s the GoT/Dick in a Box mash up? I can’t do everything, guys.
I may start checking in less frequently, but writing about it makes me feel a little accountable. I did another of the 700 yard workouts, which is really nothing, but I have to remind myself of the beginning of the couch to 5k program you only run for like 10 minutes total and this is a lot harder than running.
Oh and I thought I might be able to get away with no swim cap, but my hair just constantly smells like chlorine. Thinking about getting this one. Who am I kidding? Of course I’m getting that one.
Well, maybe 4.5. I tried some breathing exercises in my apartment pool yesterday. I don’t know if they helped. The problem is establishing a rhythm with a certain number of strokes, then breathe, same number of strokes, breathe. Head placement is better.
Mostly I want to use this update to talk about Alvin and his dad/swim coach. Alvin is about 10, Chinese and just a little bit chubby. He has been at the pool the past 2 Sundays in a swim cap with his name and a longhorn on it. This apparently means he’s on some kind of UT kids’ swim team. Anyway, he and his dad arrive at 11 when the pool opens on Sundays just like Martha and I do, but Alvin is already really good and is just honing his butterfly technique and stuff. We swim in the lane next to his because they are the designated slow lanes. He is my inspiration. I hope to one day be as good as Alvin is now.
It was a little better, I guess. I found this last night and I trust this guy because he has the same last name as me but with an extra S. The extra S stands for “swimming” in my mind. Anyway, this let me know that I need to try to keep my head in line with my body instead of looking forward, which is what I had been doing. There is just so much to keep track of.
Also, Dylla, while flailing around does exert a lot of energy, I also get tired very quickly, so it’s not a good replacement as a calorie burner if I can only do it for about 25 minutes.
I also found a “couch to 5K” type program for swimming that presupposes that I can swim 100 yards easily. I think I’ll be on week 1 for a while.
“Like, imagine if they just, like, made a big cash grab and instead of breathing fire, they took money from corporations to breathe, like, little clouds that said ‘I’m lovin’ it’ or whatever. Hm. You know, I’m not very good at being a high person. Here. You’re welcome to finish the rest of this jointed cigarette. I think there’s a few more licks in it. Best of luck. Four and twenty, you old blackbird! Right? Yes? No? Okay. TAXI.”
This is very very funny to me.
I need to learn how to breathe correctly. And how to do swimming strokes more efficiently. Basically I learned that I need to actually learn how to swim laps.
I did maybe a half hour in the pool this morning. It was relaxing and exhausting and my arms are in pretty severe pain, but I am excited to go back and try to get better.
Since I obviously didn’t get prescription goggles for this hobby I don’t know if I’ll stick with, I can’t really see when I am swimming. Everything looks like an impressionist painting through my goggles. So I’ve got that going for me.