Well, it had to be done, so I did it: I joined a gym (and it’s not the health club where I work – shhhhhhhh!). With swimming and biking out of the picture for the time being, there was simply no way I was going to make myself get in my backyard pool five days a week. So, I’ve turned in my “hardcore” card and now I’m following the black line in the toasty-warm lap pool. Sure, I’ve only been there twice, but I’ve had a few revelations about belonging to a big-box gym:
- Everything is so shiny! Including all the 20-somethings who are working out, yikes. The last time I belonged to a gym, I was still in my very early 30s, so maybe I didn’t notice it as much as I do now that I’m an old lady. The perky girl working at the front desk made me wish I was wearing sunglasses with her blinding teeth and smooth skin.
- Swimming in a lap pool is so flippin’ awesome! Why doesn’t my backyard pool have a line to follow, huh??? For a girl prone to severe panic attacks in the water, I’m absolutely loving that the deepest water is still only chest-high. I am fully aware of the fact that lap pool swimming isn’t preparing me in the least for open water, but you know what? I don’t care.
- There’s a downside: I’m even slower than ever before. WTF? I’m feeling great in the water, relaxed and smooth, but somehow my times are crazy slow. Like am-I-actually-swimming-backwards-and-don’t-know-it slow.
- All the Group-X classes make me feel like a kid in a candy store. Yoga, pilates, spin, booty boot camp, aqua-robics, Zumba…YES! I can’t wait to try them all!
- Since I am a total newbie to the public pool scene, I was a little nervous about lap lane etiquette. So far, though, the pool has been pretty quiet. This morning at 5 am I was literally the only one in the water – score!
My plan right now – you know I need to have a plan, even if I’m not working my training plan for the next few weeks/months/whatever – is to get in the pool four or five days a week, plus some strength training and group-x classes. The goal is to get stronger in the water and resolve my injury issues without losing too much fitness. I haven’t taken my Half-Iron off the books, I’m just re-organizing the way I’m training and my goals for it. Right now, just making it to the starting line is going to be all the victory I need!