Saturday, January 29, 2011


I saw the telltale black swimming suit and black goggles and knew it was Chatty Kathleen. Someone was in the lane next to me but, apparently, not even a lane can keep us apart.

Kathleen: Can you swim and talk?

Me: Shaking my head then no.
Kathleen wanted to talk but she also saw me holding on to the edge of the pool. She advised me to keep my arms level with my shoulders then move my hands as if I was pushing sand aside.

I had actually practiced treading for a bit before she arrived and it seemed easier. Floating seems easier too; I feel as if I could do it forever. What is it about catching on to front crawl breathing that has made me more buoyant?

The most laps that I've done is 28 and, lately, I've been doing 20 or 21 and I wanted to gradually work my way up to a mile. When I was in a WOW (Women on Weights) class, the instructor said that you should gradually increase your weights.

I thought screw it. I'm always paying attention to rules and whatnot. I had the perfect opportunity. There were only five people at the pool and I didn't have to share a lane. I thought about Bob Harper saying stand up and finish what you started.

It took me almost two hours but I did it. I swam my first mile. I'm exhausted as all get out but I feel good about what I accomplished in the water -- 33 laps or 66 lengths or 1650 yards.


  1. YAY! YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. @gingersnapper & Laura I.,

    Awwww, that's like the icing on my low-fat cake. Thanks. ☺

  3. I read your other post about her. She sounds so lonely!

    I'm jealous that you can swim so much. I doubt I could swim a lap! I had an aversion to learning the front crawl in swimming class when I was like 8.

  4. @Sara,

    Re: the loneliness, you have a good point. She has family but maybe it's the friend part she misses out on because I'm not the only one she talks to.

    Hmmm, I always thought that if I had learned to swim as a kid, I would be like a fish in the water...


    Thanks. ☺