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Swimming

January 26, 2006

I tried to go swimming today. I say try because anything physical takes a great deal of planning for me. This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now. It’s not because I want to loose weight, it’s just because I want to be healthier. I’ve finally gotten tired of walking along with friends and loosing my breath because my heart and lungs are just that out of shape.

I guess you could call it a New Years resolution, but I think it’s more because I miss being outdoors. I finally have someone I can drag out to go on Kayaking or Hiking trips with me and I don’t want to be afraid of going because I can hardly keep up.

The reason I decided to swimming was because it is an easy way for me to get a good cardio and muscle work out. I don’t end up tearing up my skin in the process and I can really get my heart and lungs going as well as get my arms and leg muscles really working. The reason it takes more planning is because I have a leg to deal with as well as transportation issues. The pool is about two blocks from my apartment, so I don’t it isn’t necessary to drive, but once I get there I need a place to put my leg as well as some sticks or some wheels to get me to the pool. Since the C-leg cannot get wet and is worth 50k I want to make sure its in a safe place.

So today, I walked over, but being my slightly late self, got there in time to maybe get 20 mins of swimming in if things went smoothly. The girl at the front desk was very nice, but also overly concerned with what I was comfortable with. Of course there is no locker big enough for my leg, so I need someone to get it from the locker room to the back desk so it’s safe. They do have crutches for me (which is sweet because carrying a pair around not only gets a lot of weird looks but is a big pain since they are almost as tall as I am) so once I get everything worked out I should be fine. Today took me much longer to get everything settled, so by the time I was ready to get wet lap swim was ending.

The day was not wasted though, I got a very good walk back and forth (even the short walk got me, that’s how out of shape I am) and now I know better what to expect. Tomorrow I will try again.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2006 3:10 pm

    Are you swimming at the UofO rec center or at the Y? I’m gonna start swimming at the Y if I can get a low-income membership. It’s good for my back and good for the baby. If the Y doesn’t work out I will be at the rec center. Perhaps we can be swim-buddies.

  2. Jodie permalink
    January 26, 2006 7:04 pm

    Yeah! A swim buddy. I’m swimming at the rec center and I’ll give you the info later. :P

  3. rebekah permalink
    February 13, 2006 12:35 am

    can you have two swim buddies? cause i certainly need to get moving…. i doubt my two minute walk to school is keeping me all that physically fit. :)

  4. Jodie permalink
    February 13, 2006 1:32 pm

    So far I’ve been swimming on my own, so if you want to be my swim buddy that sounds great. Hopefully it will help me get out of bed just a little sooner. I’ll e-mail you the details.

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