Sitting under the Christmas tree, two years ago laid a flashy pair of swim goggles. Yes, I am sad to say those same goggles are still in their package; unused, unopened, and intricately tied together in the case.
After spending a semester abroad, with easy access to a lap pool I discovered swimming. A friend I met was an avid swimmer and motivated me to do a couple laps. I loved the way my body moved through the water. The lapping sound of the water was therapeutic and easy on my overrun joints.
Upon coming back from Australia I asked for a pair of goggles. I thought the present would help motivate me to take up swimming in the states. This was wishful thinking because:
A) I don’t own a swimsuit appropriate for swimming laps (Bikini’s, hello, hoochi two pieces)
B) Minnesota is cold and it takes a lot more effort to jump into indoor tundra then an outdoor pool in a tropical paradise
C) My avid swimmer friend was far, far away
D) Signing up for a road race was much more appealing than getting on suit and swimming with the old ladies and gents at the health club.
Fast forward to the here and now and I am going to give it another go. This time it is going to be different. My plan is simple; I am going to take some money from my 8 to 5 paycheck to purchase a two piece speedo, use an old swim cap from when I was on a swim team for a whole week (when I was 13.) and of course tear open the goggles from two years ago.
Post Pay-day I will be adding swimming to the mix of endorphin pumping exercise, kickboard optional.