So a year and a half ago, I hung up my towel, suit, cap, and goggles (and kick board, paddles, fins, pull buoy…you get the point) after about 15 years of swimming. And then yesterday, I dusted off my equipment and rejoined a swim team.
(enjoy the flashback pics…you all said you liked them last week in my post!)
It has been FOREVER since I’ve been on a team, and I loved every minute of it. It was nice to wake up early and feel productive. I decided to spontaneously join on Tuesday. In order to join, I had to buy a YMCA membership, which works in my favor as I can now take spinning classes and the like. I don’t pay for a gym membership as it is being a student, so it wasn’t that big of a deal.
Practice is from 6 – 7 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It’s a 20 minute drive, so it will have me up and going earlier than normal, which is probably good for me!
I love that masters swimming seems to be so much more relaxed than I am used to, which is great for me right now. No sets of 50 x 200s or anything crazy like I used to do in my college swimming days.
As of right now, I am starting in the lane that goes on the second fastest intervals. I would have been able to make everything in the faster lane for like one or two times, but not consistently. My goal is to continue regaining my feel for the water and head into the lane with all of the guys .
Speaking of which, yesterday when I lifted, I was the ONLY girl within the free weights section of the gym. Nothing like lifting with some awesome undergrad boys who are just trying to show off at the beginning of their college semesters! Haha – just kidding, but seriously, some of them need to check themselves before they wreck themselves!
Lastly, check out the Clymb. The have some awesome fitness related sales right now. I just bought a long sleeve cycling jersey. They also have sales on Road IDs, yoga clothes, running clothes, hiking apparel, climbing apparel, triathlon gear, and so much more. It is amazing. You need to go check it out!
And you can check out a video of my swimming 100 fly in high school that I just found. It’s about 4 seconds off of my best time…which could be due to the fact that I can very easily see my hips just sink straight up into the third turn and the entire last length of the pool. Sounds about right for me…
We have some stroke work tomorrow, so maybe I can relive my career as a butterflier Can’t wait!