It’s only Wednesday, but it’s already been one of “those” weeks…
We had our first dusting of snow on Monday. Winter is definitely on its way. This means frosty mornings, traffic chaos and general disruption. Great!
The cold is one thing my medication doesn’t help with. Whether it’s the blood thinners, my weight loss or something else, I feel the cold much more than I used to. Gone are the days of me being a one-man, furnace with unlimited internal heating. Reluctantly, I have had to invest in extra layers to keep me warm. Perhaps I’ll even be “ne’er casting a clout” come next May!
Tuesday was my birthday. Another year older. I’m grateful for the gifts and cards, and it was nice to be the centre of attention for a day (at home at least!). I guess it’s natural to have some sort of emotional reaction to my first post-Heart Attack Birthday… a reminder that I’m well and truly in the “lucky to be alive” club! To be honest, I’ve just found myself feeling a bit colder and older.
To compound matters, it feels like I’ve hardly done any exercise recently. I think this is largely because the grind of the week has made the days seem longer. I was therefore looking forward to my swimming lesson on Wednesday evening.
As I arrived at the pool it looked like there was a gala on and my plans would be ruined (“Please, not those pesky Brownies again!!!”). There were cars everywhere. Just my luck! Fortunately the pool was just busy, “Zigzag down the pool to find some space” busy as I had a quick swim to warm up (in more ways than one!) in advance of my lesson.
Although my swimming has improved, and the distance I’m covering in each session is gradually increasing, I’m still finding it exhausting. I guess this is positive as I want it to be good exercise, but I’m not progressing as I hoped I would. Discussions during my lesson focussed mostly on this… and we concluded that I’m a “sinker”. I have not been naturally blessed with buoyancy. As a result, I’m generally too tense, and a lot of my swimming effort is spent preventing myself from sinking (or drowning, whichever way you want to look at it!). I am therefore inefficient, using much more energy and “puff” than I should need to.
Short of getting floats installed, the only way I can see of addressing this issue is through patience and practice. So, more of the same. Onwards and upwards (to the surface of the pool at least)!
Only 30 days until the days start getting longer! 🙂
A belated ‘Happy Birthday’ for Tue Paul!
Your swimming experience seems very similar to my own (bar your recent lessons). Must be a sprinter/long jumper thing – always able to swim (but probably not massively well/prettily), but not for very long/far without getting out of breath. Sure you’ll soon have that sorted though and will think nothing of 50 lengths without stopping!
Thanks Pete! 50 lengths sounds like an awful lot! To be honest, it’s nice to have a physical challenge beyond not pushing myself too hard (although obviously it’s a factor). I suspect switching my head off while I’m swimming may help!