Swimming With Sharks

February 5, 2009

Well, in my exciting quest to coach myself, I decided it was time I swam with others.  It can’t hurt to have people to push me a little in the water and it’s lovely to have someone tell you the workout as you’re doing it so you don’t dread what’s coming.  Unfortunately, there are no masters teams to speak of so….I went to kiddie practice.  In fact, I visited my old Sharks Swim Team, the coach of which is someone I used to swim with.

I have to admit that I was a little nervous about this all day.  One thing to embarrass yourself around adults, but to throw yourself in with a bunch of speedy kids and try to hang on is another story entirely.  After it was agreed upon that I would try out a session and see how it went, I hit the deck ready to swim.  Much to my chagrin the coach yelled out “Down and give me 100 crunches!”.  And so the story goes: cruches, pushups, burpees, jumping jacks, more crunches, leg lifts, the works.  I was pretty wiped out by the time we jumped in the water thirty minutes later.

The swim itself went well.  It wasn’t as much swimming as I anticipated but I also didn’t anticipate a set of 10 x 200 IM!  I had forgotten how kids skip laps on purpose and hang out all day and all night on the wall.  Funny how in adulthood you just want to SWIM, and as kids we used to work to avoid too much swimming.    Anyway, I survived the experience.  I’m not sure I will swim regularly with that particular club because there is another one closer to where I live, but it sure was fun!

In other far more exciting news, tomorrow I fly to Minneapolis to see GB and the dogs!  After six weeks apart you can imagine how excited we both are.  It will be so wonderful to have an entire week of skiing together with no responsibilities except our fabulous dogs.  I feel like a kid at Christmas waiting for my awesome gift tomorrow night! 

Today  I was driving to work and it was so beautiful and sunny that I decided to just blow work off completely.  It was my job at the doctor’s office which has flexible hours because I am scanning charts, so it didn’t matter that I didn’t go in.  Instead I went over to a friend’s house and hung out barefoot with her in the sun.  I figured I should get a little island sunshine before I go to the Minnesota woods for ten days!

One Response to “Swimming With Sharks”

  1. marit c-l Says:

    Good call on the hanging out with friends! When I saw your title, I thought you had been swimming in the ocean and had your own personal shark encounter! 🙂 But yeah, those little kids can really swim! I’m always amazed as I see them swim crazyfast! laps at the pool. Have a BLAST in Minnesota! Enjoy!!

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