16 September 2009

What's changed since I started swimming

It's been about a month since I've started swimming so it's time to take stock of my progress. What's better, what's worse, and what's changed.

  • My stroke looks better. My wife told me that I looked like I was lumbering the first time she saw me try laps. Now she says I look smooth in the water. Yeah, I look smooootthhhh.
  • I can swim more laps but still not as many as I would have expected.
  • I'm a tiny bit faster.
  • I'm waking up earlier.
  • I find it normal to walk around in what looks like male lingerie (jammers).
What's changed:
  • I'm drinking less coffee. Don't know why and certainly can't figure out the cause and effect but the timing is too close to be coincidental. This is good, I needed to cut back.
  • Oftentimes, I smell like chlorine. This didn't used to happen.
I still can't beat my daughter but that's a lame goal anyway. Now, I just need to beat Shaq (38.7 in the 50 free). That I can do, especially since it's not a moving target.

But, back to me. I think I'm a better swimmer than I was a month ago, I've kept at it even on mornings I didn't want to get up early, but I still have a LONG way to go fitness-wise. That might be middle-age talking but I can't use that as an excuse. Yet.

After thinking about it, no need to change my goals. Just keep at it and see what's different at the end of another month.

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