Thursday, August 25, 2011
Move Over, Frogs
I swam in high school--on the team and everything. And while I'm probably more competitive now, I wasn't back then--I could care less if I won a race or not. I was in it for the fun, like most everything else in my life. I did pretty well, though, I won a few races and actually held a few school records for like a minute and a half or something.
For 4 years, I swam. And swam. And swam. And I swam with my buddy, Cheryl. We were two peas in a pod and swimming was our life. Even in the off season--then we swam with the boys swim team under the guise of being "swim team managers"--whatever that is. Now that I think about it, I think we were probably just addicted to chlorine. Or those boys in Speedos. Either way, we loved that darn pool--and the chlorine smell that was the aroma of our lives.
Well, after the dreams wouldn't quit, I finally joined our local rec center pool. Okay, so I hate that rec center--it is loaded with seniors, but I bought myself a suit, a snappy purple cap, and some funky pink goggles and I was set. Whether or not I could still do a few laps was yet to be seen, but I was up for the challenge, so I handed over $30 and dove in--literally and figuratively.
So, I'm hooked again. The smell of chlorine, the smooth surface of the water in lane #1, the dry skin, my soggy suit hanging out to dry in the laundry room--everything, like it was 30 years ago. The only thing missing is Cheryl. I'm not kidding that with that very first lap, when every memory of those years flooded my brain, I honestly missed her feet in front of me, leading lap after lap, after lap.
The thing I love most about swimming is the thinking time. With no scenery other than a blue ceramic tile path on the bottom of the pool guiding me, my brain wanders--back to the old days, how much this does not hurt like I thought it would, how much I love swimming, and how ridiculous it is that the time that I am available to swim just happens to coincide with Senior Swim at the center. Sigh.
And while I just joined over the weekend, I'm already feeling great, the dreams have subsided, and I've got a week's worth of blog posts on my fellow pool buddies alone. Stay tuned.......