Finally Back in the Swim of Things....
OK, I've been a little out of sorts lately due to COVID kind of wrecking havoc on our lives. I have not swum since mid February except for one quick dip in a lake in June. So today I took my first swim in around 5 months. So here's the damage report.
First, let me say that I probably could have gotten in the water sooner but there have been a few things that have put me in hesitation mode. I got going on a bunch of house projects that kept me pretty active and I know swimming would have diverted me from spending the necessary time. I completed my epic wood splitting project that I mentioned in another thread. I now have a few years worth of firewood split and stacked. I've had plenty of time for house projects because my business has been pretty much decimated. I keep thinking that maybe we are going to turn a corner, but I'm afraid I'm walking along a wall that has no corner. Past couple months have been dismal in that regard. House is looking pretty good though...
Secondly, I am always considerate of my kayaker, who is being very careful about social distancing and all the other things you have to do to prevent the spread of COVID. She has some interesting health characteristics that make her potentially risky in that regard. Not to mention that she has the most incredible luck. If something impossibly weird and disastrous can happen, it will happen to her. With that track record, we have been steering clear of our regular beach for most of the summer so far. Needless to say, it has been really discouraging to miss out on some pretty days on the water.
But today, oh happy day....! Yep, we packed up the trusty kayak and all our gear and headed for the beach. It takes about 15 minutes to get there, plus we take about 15 to 20 minutes to prep up and launch. We then headed out for the first swim of the summer. (At the end of July. Unprecedented.) I have to say, it felt pretty good. I'd been working on ironing out some technique issues over the winter and somehow all that work paid off and it stuck. Stroke was even and smooth and I've improved my (crappy) kick. Wife... er, Kayaker even noticed that it was looking pretty good. So I would swim for a few minutes and then, HANG ON THE BOAT!... You know, it's really weird to actually do that considering that when we train we specifically NEVER touch the boat.
We did a short stint and then a rest and rinse repeat until I thought that maybe it was time to turn around. I didn't want to push my luck on my first day. I noticed that stroke was starting to get a little sloppy and felt that it would be a bad idea to let that happen. Bad technique plus being out of swimming shape would be a sure fire way to create an unnecessary injury. So discretion being the better part of valor, we headed to the beach.
The whole swim felt wonderful and we were so happy to be out on the water again. Will be out there tomorrow and so forth. I checked my distance and time. First the good news. When I was actually swimming, my pace wasn't that far off of my usual all day pace. Yes indeed, I am a paragon of fitness. And in other news, I did a little over a half a mile and it took around 25 minutes! And that was my first workout of the year. It took longer to drive down to the beach, launch and pack up and return home. But every journey begins with a nice 25 minute swim.
I hope all of you are remembering that swimming is for the rest of your life. Ordinarily I'd be a little pissed that I just had a crappy little 25 minute swim. Today it was freakin' glorious.