Sunday, July 1, 2012

Last Swim Class

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I did not feel well today.  I have never heard of the ozone affecting throats, but apparently this is the case.  I thought I was getting sick; thank goodness I'm not.  Once I read up on it, it seems that the ozone levels can create problems for those with asthma.  I only have a problem with asmtha once every couple of years, so I guess this is it. 

It's just draining me, and I had no energy.  So again, I did not go to exercise this morning.  Then I fell asleep on the couch in the afternoon waking up only about an hour before my last swim class.  Talk about frustrating, I didn't want to miss it, but I really didn't feel like going either. 

But go I did, and I took my little one with me since Kelly was taking her kiddos along.  I ususally do not let her swim without me in the water with her, but Kelly's son was going and would keep an eye on them.  Since it's like a million degrees outside, letting her swim with them is a better option than keeping her indoors where she'd most likely only be watching tv. 

As I got into the very cold pool, I was so not happy.  And then I remembered that we were going to do our 12-minute swim today. 


Class hadn't started so I went ahead and got started on my warm up.  Turns out we only had a 100 yard warm up, so I was ready to go; although I was skeptical about the 12-minute swim.  I still felt like poo. 

But we started, and I was lucky enough to have my own lane.  It went well.  I started feeling much better and I just tried to stay steady and even while remembering everything I've learned this past month.  Our instructor (who's name is actually Mikey, not Tim) was there encouraging us while counting our laps.  Kelly was on the other side of the bulkhead so I couldn't see her, but maybe that wasn't a bad thing.  This was my swim.  I focused on keeping my heart rate down and just kept swimming.

When it was all said and done, I had swam 400 yards in the 12 minutes.  I had honestly thought I would be able to swim more, that I would have improved much more than 75 yards, but that's ok.  The 325 was so awful and scattered.  There were lots of breaks and no consistency.  This 400 was steady.  It felt good, and I wasn't depleted when it was over.  Plus, my lung capacity is a little dimished and I didn't feel my best, so 400 yards was great.  Kelly also improved 75 yards, finishing with 500 yards for her 12 minutes. 

After a 200 yard cool down, we started our drills.  I found myself not even needing the whole break before I was ready to take off again.

The rest of the class went like this:
6X25 drills
50 spring
100 drills
6X25 drills
100 drills
50 backstroke
200 cooldown

That brought my daily total to 1500 yards.  That's .85 of a mile!  And I wasn't wiped out!  Next step is to come to one of the long-course Sundays at the rec center.  This is where they set up the pool with the 50 meter lanes rather than the 25 yards.  It's time to see how I do without coming to a wall quite so often. 

Of course all of this is not swimming in a lake, (shudder) but it is progress.

After class was over, our kiddos wanted to jump off the diving board.  I watched as they jumped, and I was glad I brought her.  I'm going to hate going back to work next week.  It's been fun hanging out with her all week.

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