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#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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#948: Swim before work

There is a school of thought–I’m not sure I subscribe to it–that says exercising in the morning is a good practice. It sets a precedent for your day and inspires you to make better choices throughout it.

While I’m skeptical about all of that, I have often thought about how nice it would be to swim before work. Since it’s the only thing I’ve yet to discover that clears my head and calms me down, creating this effect in the morning, before work pressures have stressed me out or exhausted me, seems to make sense.

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Posted by on April 21, 2017 in Sports

 

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#810: Get clawed by crabs

I love the water–ocean, lake, river, whatever.  Give me a chance to go in it (and some decent weather, of course), and I’m there.

So it was with great regret that about 6 or 7 years ago I discovered jellyfish and Portuguese man o’ war.  After having been in the ocean dozens of times (growing up near Lake Erie meant most of my beach experiences had been in fresh water), I suddenly had a reason to fear the warm, salty seas of Florida, and it was unnerving. Could I ever go back into the water knowing these creatures capable of such painful stings were in there waiting for me?

Well, yes.  I wouldn’t go back in on a particular day I was stung, but I would go in on the next one, and I would mostly forget about the stinging terror that lurks in the ocean.

Yesterday, I was reminded not everything in the water is soft and fuzzy when suddenly a crab grabbed my toe. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Animals

 

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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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#547: Swim laps at a hotel

When I was younger, my family didn’t go on vacation very much–or ever, really.  But the few times we traveled away from the city I grew up in, finding out our hotel had a pool was exhilarating.

To this day, I still get the same excited feeling in my chest when I see the hotel I’ll be staying in has a pool. Most of the time I don’t utilize it, and I certainly never swim laps in it.  Whenever I travel for work I tell myself I’m going to make time to exercise, but I tell myself a lot of things just to get me to shut up.

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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in Health

 

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#498: Astoria Pool

This Olympic-sized pool brings out the best and worst in people.  By people I mean me.

The ridiculously long line to get in (vs. the manageable line at the considerably smaller pool I used to frequent on the UES) made me want to turn around and go home.  The rules–that now include having not only a lock, but one of the 5 specified locks they’ve decided are worthy–made me want to scream.  The demand that I had to take off my shoes in the locker room because they weren’t flip flops (apparently now even sandals that are remarkably like flip flops are illegal pool attire because you can slip in them, and I look like someone who is going to be running around the pool deck like a maniac) made me want to punch someone.  In essence, going to Astoria Pool made me hate humanity.

But the boy in front of me in line, who looked to be about 11 or 12 and carried his swim trunks and towel in a grocery bag, made me want to hug all of humanity. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2013 in People

 

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