Today I reached a milestone.
In June I started swimming again after 19 years out of the pool. In high school I had been an above average swimmer on my schools swim team. But that all ended when I left for college. Over the years my weight has balooned and I was in pretty awful shape.
Then in June I started swimming. My family went with a few other families to a water park out in the sun of the East Bay. The park had a swimming pool with a lane set aside for lap swimming, so I jumped in and did a few lengths. That got the bug in me. I went and bought goggles and got into a public pool the next week.
Oh, the agony. I swam maybe 600 yards and was nearly physically ill on the drive home. Just shows what 19 years out of the pool will do to you. So I set my sights on getting my yardage up. Specifically I wanted to swim twice a week and get up to 2,000 yards a session by the end of September.
I actually did pretty well at the two times a week. Better than I expected. I still am often very tired when I get out. No hopping out of the pool like I used to.
Well after 3 months, I swam 2,000 yards today. And, I didn’t feel half bad after getting out.
Now I will have some surgery (that will be another post) and hope that I can get back in the water in a few months. In the meantime I’ll concentrate on shedding some weight.
But I’m happy with where I’ve gotten. I am in much better shape even now for my surgery, and hopefully it will help in recovering quickly.