I got an itch last night to go for a swim. I knew it would be an interesting challenge but decided to go for it anyway.
I got to the pool at 0530 and sat on the deck for a few minutes. I told myself to not get worked up, go for too much, or expect anything great today. It was getting in the water that was the goal and that will be fine.
I got in and the water was cold to me.....COLD???? What a baby!!!
I kept to my promise to myself and did 6 x 50 on the minute. The first lap felt REALLY weird and I knew it had been awhile since I had been in the water. The water felt great but I had definitely lost that feel for the water you acquire when you swim enough. I then did 2 x 50 kicking. This turned out to be a very bad idea. I did the first 50 and my legs were tired a bit. I rested then did another 50. My legs were now shot and hurt quite a bit beyond what they should feel like when they get tired from a kicking set. Put the kick board up and did an easy 100 with a "dead leg drag". I was happy to see that I did average around :42 per 50 when I was doing them on the minute.
After 500, I knew I had done enough. I'm not going to do anything stupid or push myself beyond my means. Any exercise lately takes a huge effort and despite my deep love for swimming, I had achieved what I wanted for the day so I was happy. I was even a bit tired when I got out but very proud of what I had done.
On a side note, I got to wear my swim parka for the first time. I LOVE it. It's very warm and feels great. I just need to start adding some patches to it!
500 yards today