Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wednesday Workout Update

I guess in the "commitment" area of swimming, I finally took the plunge (haha, I'm so punny) for real yesterday.  You see, I've been swimming at the "indoor pool" gym for free for the last two months, thanks to a gym buyout.  Which was good - it gave me a chance to really be sure that I'd keep going - nothing worse than paying for a gym membership and never using it (not that I would know ANYTHING about that, lol).  Anyway, yesterday was the last day of going to any of the four gyms involved in the buyout.  So after my swim, I met with the membership person and was able to transfer to the indoor pool gym, for the same monthly fee.  Which is a relief because I was worried that it would cost more...and of course I was going to do it, but hey, any extra cash I have is money that I can spend on clothes on my upcoming crown for my poor cracked molar.  Yay?  (being an adult is SUCH fun sometimes)

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!

36 comments:

  1. I love it that you give yourself the same gift for your birthday as I did. And you don't look 48 and that's not to please you, it's the truth! Hope you will have a great day tomorrow.

    I'm so impressed with your swimming. You're really an inspiration what to do when things don't go the way you want (no running). You find something else that helps you keep up your fitness base.

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  2. YOU
    MAKE
    48
    LOOK
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD.

    what will you do to celebrate YOU tomorrow?

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Enjoy being 48!

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  4. Congrats on the 20th anniversary of your 18th birthday! *GRIN*

    It's getting to hot for me to run at the park. I hate sweating! I'm encouraged by your posts to try working out in my development's pool.

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  5. Actually, it's the 30th anniversary - egads!

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  6. Being punny is way better than being puny ;-)

    Happy Birthday! You look absolutely fantastic for 48. Seriously, we could all only be that lucky!

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  7. LOL @ "punny". You crack me up!

    I hope you have a GLORIOUS 48th birthday tomorrow, Shelley!

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  8. I am sitting here grinning ear to ear about your new committment... even though it means you'll leave me in the splash? once we're in a pool together. I'm just so happy that you've found something to help you stay fit and healthy!

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  9. Have a wonderful birthday! Great gift!

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  10. If you aren't feeling it then you are doing something right! Happy pre 48!! Have a great day!

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  11. I'll try really hard not to say 'I told you so' when you publish your first triathlon race report! Instead, maybe I'll say 'I knew her when...'

    Seriously, its really inspirational to me how you adjust to adversity and continue on. Plus, you're making me want to swim, darn it!

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  12. Hope you have a wonderful birthday tomorrow. Wish I was there to celebrate it with you. :) I'll be thinking of you though. Red Mango?

    Our neighborhood pool is opening this weekend. Can't wait to go swimming. You make it sound like fun. :)

    Happy birthday, beautiful lady.

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  13. Your organization and commitment blows me away. Happy Birthday and thanks for proving how attractive fitness is at any age!

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  14. You are doing so great with the swimming and I admire that a lot considering your previous reluctance. I like the idea of the ziploc and card. Good thinking. Glad also I am not the only one who gets distracted and forgets what she's doing. Hope you have a great birthday! And...I don't think it's weird that you thought of me when you were up my way. I think it's neat. We need to get together sometime when you're up here!

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  15. Best present EVER to give to yourself. HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY to you - you are still young, healthy AND beautiful!

    Cheers to you and love how you are embracing the swimming - I need to do it more often too - it does take a while to build up stamina.

    HUGS!!

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  16. Had to laugh at what you said about the triathlon - I run, bike, swim too and people are always saying TRIATHLON, but like, yeah, in your dreams! not happening. happy that I have so many exercise options, but.... no.

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  17. a half mile swim is 800 meters

    a 12 mile bike ride is an hour or so

    and a 5 k is an hour walk at the most

    You could so do that by the end of summer...when is the texas danskin triathlon? you would have swim angels there.

    happy birthday

    and just think about it. you so rock.

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  18. Another one of my favorite people that is born in June! Go Gemini's!
    That is so true. I feel like I am in my 20s not my mid-40s.

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  19. Happy Birthday early to a fellow Gemini!

    I am so glad you are getting into swimming. And don't say no the to the triathlon. Look, you never thought you would be swimming, right? Just sayin'

    The seed has been planted your brain now.

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  20. I hear you on the tri, I can say that because I am officially retired. Two Sprints was ENOUGH.
    Now, as for your bday....hm....what are the big plans?
    I do hope there is a post coming so we can hear all about it.
    Have I told you this week that you are funny?

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  21. Happy birthday! I turned 51 last month and I also find the whole thing weird. But I have you to thank for the great swimming routine, as I am not a great swimmer but never thought I could do laps any other way. I also wrote out the routine and put it in a ziploc bag at the side of the pool. For the first time I was able to do 500 meters, even though it wasn't all technically swimming. Then I got back in the pool and did it again - 1000 meters! I was so psyched! Thank you for this fantastic idea!

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  22. OMG I love that you wrote your routine on an index card in a baggie. That is just so...Shelley, and awesome.

    Happy Early Birthday! I hope I look half as good as you at 48.

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  23. There are plenty of 38 year olds who WISH they looked as young and vibrant as you. Happy Birthday!

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  24. I'll be 48 on Friday!! Here's to us and our healthy lives! You are doing so great with the swimming Shelley! I agree with you, I don't feel any older than I did in my 20's. The strange thing is my oldest son is going to be 20 tomorrow! hahaha Happy Birthday to you, hope you have an amazing day :-)

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  25. Y'know, you do make 48 look good.
    And it's not such a bad age. I've been 48 for a whole week (older woman, y'see) and I've survived :)

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  26. Happy birthday hot looking girlfriend!

    Have a great day.

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  27. Award for you on my blog. Don't know if you do those, but it's there anyway! :)

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  28. Happy early Birthday, my friend! I'm glad you like swimming. But I only like lake swimming. I don't know why, but the pool freaks me out. I'm always certain the drain in the bottom is going to suck me down when I'm not looking.

    Not that some huge fish won't eat me or anything either now that I think about it...

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  29. Happy Birthday to you!
    And many many more!

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  30. Happy Birthday girlie!! You are awesome - how inspiring about the swimming!

    And I still have a feeling...triathlon might be in your future nonetheles...LOL

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  31. Love the gift of health & fitness, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you! I'm giving you the gift of encouragement & fist pumps for keeping yourself on track & accountable, even though running is currently not an option.

    Props to you for the swimming workouts though- I hate swimming as exercise, probably because I am crap at it. :)

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  32. Happy Birthday Shelley!!!!!! The best is yet to come!!!!

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  33. 48 is the new 25, Happy Birthday beautiful!

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  34. Happy (belated) birthday! I just came over from Fran's blog, and I'm loving what I see here! I dig the puns and your writing style a lot.

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