Remember the last time you got better at something? I’m getting better at swimming. Tonight I did 13 laps without stopping. My Garmin is completely confused about the distance; as near as I can tell it’s recording precisely double the distance. (Obviously I put the pool size information in incorrectly.) A mile is 1733 yards and I went 750 yards; less than 1/2 but more than 1/4. (The extent of my math.)
In the beginning I was gasping after two laps. Gasping hanging over the edge of the pool for two minutes recovering. My arms and legs could have done more, but I had no more air at all. Now, I can breathe easily (on both sides) and I’m not exhausted. Really, I’m just quitting because I got to the count for the night.
I’ve evolved to the point that I can think about other things while counting to three (to take a breath). Now that I’ve figured out a way to count and not loose track (and I have the Garmin to help, sorta), I don’t have to concentrate so much on counting.
I suppose swimming faster is next, if you want to compete at any level. Do I want to do that? Unknown. God knows I don’t want the spend the time in the pool that the swimmers of my youth did — remember those kids in high school that were in the pool every morning at like 6 AM? (Probably not that early, but what did I know. I was asleep.)
On the other hand, I promised myself I’d swim regularly 3x week for at least a quarter to see how it changed the shape of my body. Results as of this moment — not much change. But it hasn’t been anywhere near a quarter and I haven’t done it more than twice a week regularly. However, now that I’ve found the slots in the week to get it done and it’s easier/doable, the regular work will come.
Wanting to be faster sorta ruins things. I want to run faster to be better for myself. What about running just for the fun of running. Answer for me: not that much fun on its own terms, but I feel VERY empowered by the act of running and it’s VERY therapeutic for me.
And the new biking thing I’m liking A LOT, but I find the financial investment daunting. At least this year.
Whatever – tonight, the happy dance for visible/noticeable improvement!!