Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Swimming break



I'm a little worried. I have a week off work this week and I'm using it to go and visit my family in North Wales. My little sister - who is somehow 30 years old and married. How did that happen? - is very heavily pregnant. Maybe by the time you're reading this, the little one has already arrived? But that's not what I'm worried about. I'm only excited about being an uncle again. I can't wait to meet my new niece or nephew.

What I'm worried about is the fact that I will be away from the swimming pool for a whole week. Something that might normally be a cause for celebration. I mean I've just finished a long term of work and I'm in need of a good rest. I've ingested a lot of lemsip recently. I am looking forward to resting and relaxing, catching up on my sleep and getting a break from the chlorinated waters. Except if I'm in Wales, it means that I probably won't be swimming for a week. Which again might normally be a cause for celebration - it's often good to have an excuse not to exercise - but right now it is a cause for concern.

Now obviously they have swimming pools in Wales but I know that it is going to be super hard to make myself visit one while I am there. Which is really bad because I have been really good recently. I have swam 3 times each week for the past 3 weeks, building up to swimming 2.4km (96 lengths) each swim and was about to push that up to 3.2km (128 lengths).

So as you can see, I'm doing quite well. So why am I so concerned? Because I know what I'm like. My swimming will suffer! I'm fine when I find my rhythm, when I get back into the glide, into a routine. However, as soon as I take a break, even just for a week, I find it really hard to get back into the habit. Plus a week is a long time when it comes to swimming. I will start to look my fitness straight away. I'm genuinely worried that this week is going to mess it all up for me!

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