I had to write down my routine because I start daydreaming and forget what I did and what I still need to do - I put this index card into a Ziploc bag and set it on the side of the pool so I can refer to it.
So swimming - I've been doing it a lot. And my endurance is building up - I'm surprised at how quickly that has happened. At first I was breathing hard after just using the kickboard for just a few lengths of the pool, but now it takes me until I'm well into my side stroke before I'm out of breath. Woohoo, improvement! While I started out trying to do 1000 meters each day, I'm now up to 1400. Of course some of that is jogging in the water (yes, it looks as dorky as you'd imagine), but it's all doing the length of the pool, so I count it.
Oh, and I've made some pool buddies - Linda, Sharon and Nancy. It's nice to see some familiar faces day after day, and although talking together can be a bit tricky, since not only are we all wearing swim caps that muffle our ears, but (speaking for me) water gets in your ears as well...there is a fair amount of "pardon?" and "say again?" sprinkled throughout the conversation.
Tomorrow is my birthday - I'll be 48. And although I'm always open to presents, I love that I'm giving myself the gift of health and fitness. It's about time!
P.S. I don't know what 48 is supposed to feel like, but I don't feel it.
P.S.S. Also? I'm still an 18-year-old in my head. How I have children older than that is a mystery!
P.S.S.S. To everyone who suggested that a triathlon is in my future, I have just one thing to say: Y'all are on crack. No way will I ever do something like that. I might swim, I might bike, I might run...but doing all three things for a race? Hah! No thank you. I don't want a medal that bad!