Monday, May 24, 2010

Like a fish out of water

That's how my swimming went today. You know, when a poor fish is on dry land, flopping and flipping around, gasping for air. Well, that was me, but I was in the water.

Talk about being out of my comfort zone. Now I totally remember why I quit swimming at the gym a couple years ago, it was because I'm not good at it. I tend to avoid things I'm not good at doing. I swallowed a lot of pool water the first twenty minutes as I attempted to keep my face in the water, then turn to side for air. Turns out I can't hold my breath for more than ten seconds without the fear of drowning overcoming me.

Then Mr. Olympian swimmer had to join me in the pool. I mean, it was 5:15 a.m. for heaven's sake, why wasn't he home sleeping? He was a really good swimmer and got in the lane right next to me, and he was a show off. For every lap I did, he did two. It was slightly embarrassing.

After about six laps of the pool, I finally gave in and did the backstroke. I'm pretty good at it and had read some tips in the Women's Health Magazine on form for the backstroke. I really got into it, tightening my abs, reaching straight up at a 45 degree angle and back as far as I could, twisting my core  slightly with each stroke. It felt like a good workout, but I had to rest after every four laps because I could barely breathe. It was like I was completely out of shape.

I managed a total of 25 laps and I think the pool is 25 meters long. That's not great, but my goal was only twenty. I was in the pool 50 minutes, so although that's not a very long workout, it felt like hours with all that of huffing and puffing and inhaling water. Seriously, it was like my first time on the StairMaster or on the elliptical, except I had the added bonus of drowning. 

I think Roxie is right and I need a lesson or two on how to swim. At this point I can't say I loved it because it was really difficult. Especially with all that water in my nose and mouth. Also my right ear was plugged with water most of the day.

I'm not sure this is the right exercise for me, but I'll probably do it a couple times a week, but in conjunction with some strength training. My back and shoulders are sore in places they're usually not sore so I know I worked a few new muscles that I don't normally use. 

Today was a major hungry day for me, and I went way over my Points. All healthy food, a ton of fresh vegetables and fruits, fresh halibut and a handful of those delicious, calorie/fat laden hazelnuts my husband bought last week. I asked him to get a few at the bulk foods. By a few I meant maybe 1/4 cup. I want to make a really delicious salad we had in Denver at the Spicy Pickle. It's called the Forest and had hazelnuts, along with sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, onions and Portabella mushrooms, and chunks of roasted chicken on a bed of fresh spinach. Sprinkled with...roasted hazlenuts and served with a Balsamic vinaigrette. Really yummy.

He came  home with three freaking pounds of hazelnuts. Why?


Ron said...

I'm sure your swims will become more comfortable as you go along. LOL as you know if you read my post, I have to cut back on the nuts. So I put my nuts in the freezer!:)

Helen said...

He did that because "a few" means different things to men than it does to women.

Stop feeling embarrassed! Who cares about olympic swimmer. You just do your thing girl.

Carrieheff said...

Good for you for going out of your comfort zone and doing something different. You crack me up when you say a 50 minute work out isn't very long! LOL. It is perfectly acceptable to do a 50 minute work out and feel good about it. Be proud of what you are doing and don't make excuses for anything! You are doing great!

Anonymous said...

Have you tried High Intensity Interval Training? (HIIT). I love it. I get the same benefits in less than half the time, plus a burst of endorphins. Sprints, baby, are where it's at! LOL. I like that I can do sprints in water or on land (a bike for me, though, easier on the joints.) ENJOY!

big_mummy said...

i had to laugh at the image of you getting pissed with the swimmer guy lol. That will be me in a couple of weeks when i have access to a pool for a week lol.

Debbie said...

I had the same thing happen to me at the pool. Next to me was a lap swimmer and she was good. I don't think that girl came up for air not one time. I also like swimming on my back. You did great..

M Pax said...

It takes a lot of practice to get 'the form' down. Swimming burns a lot of calories. I ate like a horse when i was on the swim team and never gained an ounce. Then again, I was only 15. Ah, to have that metabolism back!

The title of this post is a joke, there's no new me. It's just the same old me, doing the same old stuff. Just for fun, I went back...