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Note to self: no whining, no slacking
I took the boys to the Y to swim yesterday and we went when the pool was nearly empty. We were there for about 2 hours and I spent nearly all that time in the deep end with them. Josh passed his swim test yesterday! This means he can swim (as well as Evan) without my supervision as long as I am in the Y facility. So, when I'm not up to swimming, I can still take them and then go do my own thing! This is OUTSTANDING news for my workouts, as well as making them happy and getting them some good exercise.

So, back to the pool experience. I swam A lap. Okay, I actually swam back and forth numerous times, but I always had to stop after one length because I was getting winded and/or half drowning. Superlative was not a word I heard uttered about my technique yesterday. Apparently, all of my other exercise ventures thus far have failed to work my flail muscles because I can feel them today! I'm sticking with the idea that this is good news as, a) I'm not flailing about when I do other exercises, and 2) I stand to benefit immensely from swimming. Did you know panicking burns more calories?!

The boys put on the Y supplied flippers (a privilege reserved for "lap swimmers" but tolerated in the lanes during less busy times as well) and enjoyed swimming around in the twelve foot deep water! I'm so proud of how well they've adapted. Evan immediately challenged my flipperless self to a race to the other end of the pool and my mid-forties morbidly obese self proudly accepted as if I was still a Marine. Which I am not. I won by inches but I'm pretty sure I inflicted permanent damage to my cardiac muscle in the process. Still, the legend of dad must be maintained. Later, I had flippers on, which make swimming as easy as it was when I was a Marine, except Josh felt compelled to ride on my back, thus testing the dad legend again as I HAD to swim the full length or else be resigned to mere mortal status. Clearly my sons are out to kill me.

I think I may start out swimming laps with flippers so I can tolerate it a little better. Later, when I can, you know, actually swim lapS, I'll consider doing it all on my own muscle.

Oh, and pool dudes? What's with the swim caps? Aren't those for old ladies? Oh yeah, and real swimmers? I'm pretty sure there are no Olympic caliber swimmers cruising the lanes of my local Y on a Wednesday afternoon so couldn't we just dispense with the girly head rubbers? Buncha quimbies!

So, to summarize: swimming good, soreness okay, new mode of exercise... intriguing.

Edit: On an unrelated note, I may have to stop using this icon, or either alter it. I always feel like I need to write the disclaimer, "This icon isn't me!" ;-)

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thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: March 7th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Dude...I wrote about this in my LJ, but it needed to be put over here. Kick Ass. When I started at an eighth of a ton, I can't imagine making a lap without having a nice long gasping session.

And boo-yah Josh.

And let me tell you...even now, even with flippers...if M climbed on my back and demanded a ride, she'd be the only one breathing for 25 meters. I hope we start in the deep end, otherwise, I'll have to make sure the thermonuclearly hot lifeguard is on duty, and not The Human Sweater.

The important this is, has been, and always will be, that you're getting into the pool. And yeah, I turn 19 sometimes...I ran even with M for something like 12 laps, asked her what she was on, and she *disappeared*, ruining my view and motivation. ahem.

And, in a fully manly manner, to someone trying to walk the path I did...I'm proud of you, man. And when you blow through 200, Marine Bruce will be back. granted, his knees and back have retired, but still...

Oh, and swim caps are for guys who are actively losing their hair, or who need combovers, which they can't do underwater. I'm bald. Screw 'em
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: March 7th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
And, in a fully manly manner, to someone trying to walk the path I did...I'm proud of you, man.

Hahaha. Big back-slapping man hugs are accepted! Dude, I'm still sore from the pool and from getting back on the weights after 2.5 weeks off. However, I've expanded my routine to 20k now instead of 14/15k. I've started thinking that Tue/Thur would be a good pool habit to start for me and the boys. I lift M/W/F mornings and do the treadmill/elliptical, so it would round out my week.

Now that kick turn or flip turn or whatever it's called? That's my first priority to learn once I get to the point of actually turning rather than clinging to the wall and sucking air.
thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: March 7th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and I don't know you...but the backstroke (crawl or intermediate) is my panic stroke...I never learned to do a restful side stroke...but with your head out of the water 90% of the time, there's a lot of breathing in backstroke...yeah, your gut shows...still, you don't drown. And M didn't laugh at me.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: March 7th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was automatically turning to side stroke when I felt like I needed more air, but backstroke might be a better choice. I'll try it. Air is much preferred to water in airways.
schmimi From: schmimi Date: March 7th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Bruce, I know I haven't commented in months, but I'm still reading, and I am so proud of you! You're really kicking ass and I've noticed a big positive change in your attitude, too! Keep it up. Sometimes there are people out there routing for you that you don't even know are there. :)

Oh, and Evan and Josh are kicking ass too. Go Family A2L!
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: March 7th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Marisa, likewise I'm reading. I just don't know what to say, because we aren't close enough that it's comfortable discussing such, ya know? I'm here though, supporting and praying for you.

Thanks for noticing. I had a down day yesterday, but they are much less frequent than they were.
schmimi From: schmimi Date: March 8th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm... I think I have to disagree with you on this one. We've been reading each other's journals for what, 3, 4, maybe more years now? So while we may not be "close," we DO know each other pretty well by now. And I know we also both know each other well enough to know that we have significantly different opinions and ideas about the ways of the world. Yet we are both people who can respect that about each other, and I certainly respect your opinions, whether or not I agree with them. Heck, I might even learn something one of these days. Heh.

My point is, if you've not said anything because you don't know what to say, I totally understand that. But if you're holding back because you think I won't agree with you or like what you have to say, I wish you wouldn't. I have a pretty thick skin and I'd like to think an ability for processing points of view that aren't my own. Sometimes, those are the most valuable things we can hear.

In any case, thanks very much for your prayers and support. Much appreciated, and I mean that sincerely.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: March 8th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
My point is, if you've not said anything because you don't know what to say, I totally understand that. But if you're holding back because you think I won't agree with you or like what you have to say, I wish you wouldn't.

Fair enough, and very astute observation. That is, you read what I really was saying rather than what I was writing. I'll e-mail you, though it may be a couple of days because I'm in my weekend right now. Use the @m...k...net address from your userinfo page?

Or, if you'd prefer I'll respond on your posts. Which ever way you'd like is fine with me. Bring your thick skin and I'll bring my tact (if I can find it).
schmimi From: schmimi Date: March 18th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Bruce, I just now (Monday night) saw that this had been sucked into my spam filter somehow. Sorry about that. I'd love to hear what you have to say, if and when you have the time... I know you're crazy busy, but I do value your opinion... and quite honestly, right now, I could use some good advice. I'm floundering, frankly. Best address is marisakristina[at]yahoo.com, or LJ is fine with me too. Bring it on, dude. :)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: March 20th, 2008 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not usually too busy, but I've been much busier than usual the last couple of weeks. E-mail coming your way soon. Promise!
gillian16 From: gillian16 Date: March 7th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Go go go! Great job!! Proud of you and the family.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: March 7th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Geri! Me too.
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