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Rub-a-dub-dub and the Varsity Club

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Clever title, eh?


So, after doing some very scientific research (i.e. reading three articles online and watching one YouTube video), I decided to try the Epsom salt bath. This reminded me why I don't like to take baths. I get bored! I can only sit there for so long! Regardless, I sat, and tried to let the Epsom salt work its magic. I have no idea if it made any difference since I'm off of running right now anyway, but it definitely didn't hurt. Supposedly, three baths a week is supposed to help. Why not, right? 


Today I decided to take a drive to the Varsity Club to go for a swim. My parents own a time share through them (helpful when vacationing!) and therefore, we get access to the pool. I hadn't been there in ages, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I checked in at the front desk, was given a key card, and asked about towels. That's when I was told that the Varsity Club no longer gives out towels. Mmmmk. I came unprepared (which left to literally toweling off with paper towel after the swim).


At that point, I decided I would try not to get my hair wet so I wouldn't have to paper towel it too. This led to an interesting swimming technique... I'll get to that later. 


Upon entering the pool, there was another woman swimming laps. I had planned to run under water, but felt like an idiot, so instead I swam laps too. This is when I realized I FORGOT HOW HARD SWIMMING IS. Holy total body workout, Batman! My muscles certainly felt the burn... especially my arms. When my swimming buddy left, I started running laps, but still felt like an idiot, so I rotated swimming, running, and various leg lifts and kicks. 


I have never been a strong swimmer. As a kid, I learned to swim in a hotel pool, with the doggy paddle. I maintain that this is still my best stroke, since I absolutely HATE being under water without holding my nose. I've often thought about doing some sort of sprint triathlon, but I'm such a bad swimmer, I'm afraid I would get kicked in the head and drown in the swim, never making it to the other two events. 


I stayed about 40 minutes and felt pretty good when I got out of the water. I can never tell if I've worked hard, though, since I can't gauge it on sweat. Regardless, I'm making the most of my week off of running and trying some new things. So far, so good! 

2 comments:

  1. OMG...you are soooo funny, sitting here cracking up! I can totally relate. I'm not a swimmer. Dog paddle is pretty much my way around in the water so I really don't like to be in over my head or in lake water where I can't see the bottom. I have to know when/where I can touch bottom. I would never to a triathalon for the reasons you decribe above...and I can't really swim anyway. Thanks for the laugh :) Hoping this does not aggravate your hip and helps you keep up some aerobic benefit :)

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  2. I'm glad I could give you a laugh! And I'm also glad I'm not the only swimmer-that-wasn't. Hip feels pretty good today, but I'm really wanting to run. I was debating making today a rest day but I feel like I want to move, so I might try some low impact aerobics or the elliptical. We'll see! Have a great weekend!

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