Tag Archives: pool

#951: Cry while swimming

Breaststroke. It wasn’t possible while doing freestyle.

Honestly, I was surprised to find it was possible at all. In fact, my body was in no condition to be swimming in the first place after 5 days of on and off crying, but I thought I would give it a respite from thinking by going to the pool, since normally that’s the only way to turn my brain off.

Imagine my surprise when I found myself gulping for air while tears clogged my goggles.

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Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Sports


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#938: Go water running

The person who invented the float belt you wear while water running in deep water had little understanding of the human body’s shape. Let me rephrase that. Like the person who invented the FlipBelt, the person who invented the float belt did not take into account the shape of your average person.

Wait. What I really mean to say is I would be shocked to find out either of these accessories was invented by a woman.

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Posted by on March 16, 2017 in Sports


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#924: Don’t do aqua boot camp

Technically, yes, I have done this before. Every other day of my life.

But last night, I was supposed to actually do aqua boot camp.

When I arrived at the rec center, some of the women informed me that they’d been told the instructor didn’t show up, so there would be aqua zumba again. Fine. I’d left work before the work was done (which is what I do every day these days) specifically to make it to aqua boot camp, but after the week this country’s had, I don’t think I had the grounds to feel too sorry for myself.

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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in Health


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#921: Aqua Zumba

I’ve never even done regular Zumba, so what made me think I would be prepared for a water version in the middle of my second week at what is already the busiest, most exhausting job I’ve ever had, I don’t know.

Walking down the stairs to leave work, I decided I wouldn’t go. I was too tired. I was coming down with a cold. I needed to respect my body’s wishes and just go home and relax.

But then I realized that if I started down this slope, the steep one of only doing things when I felt like doing them, there was a very good chance I would never encounter a chairlift back up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 3, 2016 in Health


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#801: Be locked out of a hotel room

I never use the phrase, “What are the chances?!” because it doesn’t matter.  It makes no difference whether the chances are 1 in 60 or 1 in 6,000.  It will happen to me.

Like, for example, when I went swimming before getting ready for work and my room key fell into the pool. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Travel


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#654: Swim laps in the rain

The only thing a lifeguard likes more than being paid to get a tan is being paid to not do anything because there’s been a lightning sighting.

So last night I felt sorry for the guards staring at the sky after the downpour, searching for a flash, straining for a rumble.  I knew how annoyed they were that so many people had actually shown up to swim laps when the forecast made it very clear there were dangerous storms in the vicinity.  I remembered how, back when I was a lifeguard, I vowed never to be one of these frustrating patrons who forced poor teenagers to sit outside and miserably peer through the rain at pathetic swimmers.

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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Sports


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#573: Participate in a Super Bowl pool

I didn’t win.  You didn’t expect me to, right?  Please don’t tell me when you read the heading of this blog post you actually let your mind consider the possibility that I would win–did you?

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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Sports


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