I swam so much the last week. How pleasant to jump into a pool after so long. I love that dip into a different environment, feeling the temperature drop, the weight lift, and the sound of being underwater filling my ears. Every time I dip my head down into the water is like a meditation.
Reminded me of teenage school holidays, playing in the water and swimming with Deb. Even now, when I think of what a condo pool looks like, it is the architecture of Tara I envision. Sometimes A*.
– throwing pebbles into the water, then diving in to pick them all up in one swoop
– endless somersaults
– tiptoeing from one end to the other
– never the attention span for laps then.
I almost did a cannonball for old times sake at Bell’s, but there was a child within the splash zone and it didn’t seem…right. Same child kicked a shit ton of water in my face, so I guess I should have just gone for it.
Was walking with Yas in the Curve, picking up Foundables. Saw a dept store that I know carries larger sizes. I had always been disappointed before, but decided to take a chance again. Thought I had given up for good the last time at M&S, unless I ever drop to a more commercially-available dress size.
Found a swimsuit that was too expensive (RM300+) and impractical (skinny halter top). Was prepared for the familiar experience of giving up when I saw a swimsuit from the older range. One piece, yes. Adjustable straps, yessss. Bra pads that make no sense, inevitable. Mayyyybe my size? The straps were a bit skinny and I know they could cut, but I tried it anyway and omg, it fit. After so many years (6?), I found a swimsuit that fits.
First instinct: should I get two???????
Yas and I disagree on which goggles are best. The foam ones that aren’t effective but very comfortable don’t seem to be made anymore 😔
Sent out a call on IG for swimming pools in friends’ places. If my allergies are still what they are, public pools will be too harsh and more importantly, I rimas.
L + N + B responded! But all are travelling soon so I don’t know how long this access will last. They might each give me a key to their space though, which is so generous and trusting I…I am not sure how I ended up with keys to so many friends houses, but that collection might grow because of this. I’ve been so eager to swim since. If I could, I’d be in a pool every day.
Came home eager to do laundry so I’d be ready at the first chance of a swim — which was the next day, in A*. I’ve not been back in this pool since I moved out years back. I had just gotten into the habit of swimming nearly every day when the lease ran out. The pool is smaller than I remember. Those work meetings paddling in the pool used to be so nonsense and fun.
The next day Bel offered me her pool, half Olympic size! Was startled by how I had to gasp for air towards the end of every freestyle lap.
– My aim is to increase lung capacity and stamina. And to quiet the mind even further when I swim.
– Was surprised at how pool leaves my hair all messed up despite using Very Good Shampoos. I’ve not swam with this short hair before so it was alarming the next day to run my fingers through the rough mess.
I was very happily swimming laps (is this a sign of adulthood? The need to measure the effort?) in Bel’s place when my nose suddenly started bleeding a lot. This usually only happens at really harsh pools, so there must have been too much chlorine 😔. I really like the pool though. I’ll give it another try, maybe being under the weather and on meds that dry out my nasal passages exacerbated things.
A: 12B, 6F; 1hr
– 18 laps total
B: 30B, 4F, nosebleed 15mins, 4B, 8F; 2hr
– 46 laps total
Bel called me the colourful dugong in her pool 😂. I wish the swimsuit were all black, but hey.
Goal (physical): Lung capacity, stamina, 50 laps.
If I can get to 100 laps per week, that’d be great too.
Cut my budget for everything next week to answer an SOS. I don’t know if this was wise. But I hope it helps.