A Quick Dip In A Cool Pool

Finally feeling better and back to workouts today.  I went to the pool for my swim, a series of pyramid sprints with short rests in between that my coach likes to remind me are more about working hard and building stamina than having perfect technique.  One of the remnants of my dance days is my persistent, if often unhelpful, desire to focus on having perfect technique.

What mattered most though, was that I was leaving behind the drama and setbacks of the past few months. February is the month of momentum.

We got the big Mo!

I walked into the gym and the computer system was down.  No worries, I signed in on a piece of paper, grabbed my towel and headed to the locker room.  I stripped down to my swimsuit and a girl who I see swimming there a lot said “wait, there’s no heat in the pool.”

ain't go the bit mo yet

What?  “There’s no heat in the pool.” She asked if I could go talk to somebody so I put my skirt and sweater back on and headed out to talk to the guy at the front desk. It turns out that the same system that controls the check-in also controls the heating of the pool. It’s cold, they know, there’s nothing that they can do. He told me it’s “safe to swim, just no fun.”

Not today triathlon Satan, not today.  I don’t care if it qualifies as a polar bear plunge, I am leaving January behind and February is my month of momentum, this swim is fucking happening.

I get in and they weren’t kidding, it’s cold.  (I did used to swim in runoff from melted mountain snow as a kid so I understand how ridiculous this is, but that was a million years ago and this water is cold to me.)

The swim itself went fine.  They say “if you’re cold, swim faster” and my times were actually a tiny bit better than last week so maybe that worked, or maybe it was just the big Mo!

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About danceswithfat

Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be IRONMAN, Activist, Fat Person.
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3 Responses to A Quick Dip In A Cool Pool

  1. Jana says:

    You go girl!! Grab that MO!

    You create MOtivation for me on this side of the earth 🙂


  2. lsstrout says:

    I *HATE* cold pools. I’ll get under a blanket for you. 😉


  3. foodinspiredlife says:

    Love the MO!!


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