Anyway, onto the update.
So the swimming has been going fine, except for the aqua jogging part. Honestly? That just bores me. And I found that I was beginning to dread it, so about mid-week last week I remembered that I was in charge of me, and I didn't have to do that if I didn't want to. Sheer brilliance, I know! ;) I stopped with the aqua jogging, added five extra laps each to my back and side strokes, and did the rest in extra kick boarding. Then, I got the idea to do "sprints" with the kick board - I remembered that my lap counter, Baby J, has features like "split times" and I decided to see how fast I could kick up and down the pool. Then I decided to try and beat that time. Then I tried to beat that time. Then I had to take a break, because frankly, that just about killed me. OK, not really, but it was hard! And fun. Which is what keeps me coming back - I know me, and if I don't like a certain kind of exercise, I'm just not going to do it. Hey - it worked in getting me to 256 pounds! Well that and a tad bit of overeating. But I digress.
Speaking of swimming, one essential item is a swimsuit. And I had one - the gorgeous purple Speedo that I bought while I was in California last April. I loved it, but to my dismay, the lycra in it disintegrated really quick - like, after 9 swims (I know this because I was keeping track of my pool workouts in my running journal - got to make it work for SOMETHING, after all). I was so upset - this was an expensive swim suit. And I took great care of it, rinsing it off in cold water after every swim, hanging it to dry - I know that chlorine will eventually destroy a swim suit, but this was ridiculous. Long story short, I took a chance and called the store, NorCal Swim Shop, where I bought it. Would you believe that the manager, Larry, remembered Barbara and me??? This was about 6 weeks after we had shopped there! Y'all, I swear, we are not that obnoxious when we shop. We must have made quite the impression, though! Anyway, he was able to find the record of my purchase (because of course I had thrown my copy away) and locate another suit for me - all I had to do was drop mine in the mail and a few days later, a brand new one arrived in my mailbox! Now that is service, and I really appreciate it - just wish I could shop there in person more often. Although they do have online sales, it's more fun
By the way? While I was dealing with the untimely demise of my purple suit, I bought three other suits (found some super-cheap deals at Sam's Club, of all places, and swimoutlet.com) so now I have a better rotation - I just hope they all don't wear down at the same time!
This is as much of a swimsuit fashion show as I'm willing to show here!