Swimming 01/10/2015

As we prepare for triathlons, we have started to swim (both back in Texas and now in Wisconsin).  When we started in Texas we were taking advice from friends trying to help out by telling us what was needed and how to make it more effortless.  Now that we are in Wisconsin, we have all but forgotten those words of advice.

On Saturday we headed to the gym with the sole intention of getting in the pool.  When we arrived, there was one lane being used and I decided that I would just jump in and hope for the best.

I will preface what I write below by letting the reader know that I have never swam as part of a team, nor taken any swimming lessons beyond age 6.

When I jumped in the water, cold and worried that I didn’t know what I was doing, the fear of looking stupid came over me.  With one other person in the pool, would they judge me for my lack of ability?  Would they be angry with me for creating waves in the pool while they were out for a nice afternoon swim?  Would I create such a spectacle of myself that the people in the overlooking weight room would start to watch as I flailed about like a drunk duck?

And that is about how this went.  I do not make swimming look effortless.  I do not know how to breath properly, I have no grace what-so-ever.  Over the coming months, I intend to be in the water more frequently with the intention of growing this skill.  Just like running and cycling, it will take a bit of practice to improve.

For the sake of other swimmers, I am just hoping that time comes quickly.

Joining the Gym

We’ve been wanting (needing) to join a gym since before we left Texas to add swimming to our exercise routine.  Only probably was there was no point in investing the money knowing we were going to move soon, that’s when we got access to the neighborhood pools.

Once we got settled in our new home in Wisconsin, we toured the Sports Core Health Club.  They have everything we want; weights, treadmills, a lap pool, sauna, fitness classes, and many other amenities.  The best part it is located across the street from Nick’s work, which is just 3 miles from our home.  Plus, as an added bonus, Nick gets a discount on the monthly fees based on usage.  Only thing was we weren’t ready to make the commitment.

We finally joined the gym this week, so now we have access to a pool as well as multiple treadmills (we can run next to each other indoors).  We will probably continue to use our bike trainers at home to be able to ride on our own bikes, but we are both interested in some of the cycling classes that the gym offers.

So far this week we have been to the gym a couple of times.  We joined on Wednesday evening, went Thursday to run on the treadmill, and yesterday to swim in the lap pool.  We are planning on going again today to run and possibly get in the pool again.

Because of the discount for usage, I thought it might be interesting to see how much it is costing us per visit, I will post this in the monthly stats, at least for the first few months.