Wednesday, August 01, 2007

What, You Have to Kick?

I swam in the pool today for the first time in several weeks. After about 12 straight sessions in open water wearing a wetsuit, this was a rude awakening. I had to kick! My legs didn't just happily float along with no effort required from me, I had to DO something with them! How absolutely horrifying.

I had also started to feel somewhat muscular while swimming in my wetsuit. I had lots of great swims in Okanagan lake, Sasamat lake and the ocean and I was feeling strong, and toned, and even (don't laugh) a little brawny. Turns out that 3mm of neoprene can give you delusions of grandeur. Serious ones. Being in the pool reminded me that I have not, in fact, added any muscle mass. I still felt strong but my arms felt more like chopsticks than an imposing set of pipes! It's actually surprising that I go anywhere in the water considering the twigs I'm using to keep me moving.

Aside from a little bit of humility, it was a great swim. Being in the pool isn't the most exciting thing in the world but change keeps things interesting and putting in a structured workout in the water felt good.

1 comment:

Jason said...

I felt the same way when I went scuba diving in a wetsuit, after years in a drysuit. "Hmmm, can't seem to flick any of air into the legs...." I was quite used to buoyant ankles, and didn't care to have my world turned sour and heavy, thank you very much!