So I decided to enlist the help of a friend. My friend and I belong to the same gym, and she likes to spin. I texted her yesterday morning to see if she wanted to go last night, but she was working late and couldn't make it in time.
Luckily, I had a backup plan. I had packed my swim gear just in case she didn't want to spin. I got out of work and headed straight to the pool. After changing into my suit, I headed out to the deck and it was a madhouse. The smaller (warmer!) pool was packed - kids swim team practice in three lanes, a couple of full lap swimming lanes, and two lanes of kids swim lessons. Drat! But I'd come this far - I was going to swim.
There were plenty of lanes available in the olympic (colder!) pool, so I picked one and braced myself for the chill. I jumped in, and I felt something like this.
|Only polar bears should swim in cold water.|
But don't think it was all rosy after that. My goggles leaked the entire time. And at one point I managed to inhale water and started choking. It took me a few minutes to compose myself enough to swim again, but I never felt good after that point. I only managed about 425 yards before I decided to call it a night. But I got there, I got in the pool, and I feel like I'm ready to get back on a regular workout schedule.
Sometimes we need a really horrible workout to make us really appreciate the good ones.