First Workout of the New Year

I’ve heard that however things go on the first day of the year is how they’ll go for the rest of the year. I sincerely hope that’s not true. I headed to the gym for my first workout of 2018 – a “structured swim” that includes a warm up, drills, more drills, additional drills, and then a set of short and mid-distance intervals at various intensities.

Despite the new year, there was only one other person in the pool – a guy I’ve seen before who is rehabbing an injury. As I started my warm-up and drills, the cleaning crew started to clean the pool deck. That’s normal, but this time they were using a different cleaner – something that smelled a whole lot like bleach. As I did my drills it started to burn my throat a bit. During a rest between drills the other guy crossed in front of me to exit the pool and said “This is killing me – I’m out.”

As I started my intervals they brought out a pressure washer and started to rinse down the deck – into the pool. I imagine the stuff must have been safe enough or they would have told us we couldn’t be in the pool, but my throat and skin were burning. I finished the set, skipped the cool down and got out of there. I took my shower but the ascorbic acid that I use that usually neutralizes the chlorine didn’t really help. I got out to my car and my forehead itched, when I scratched it the skin flaked off – parts of my face were actually peeling. I’m definitely a delicate flower when it comes to having sensitive skin, but this was extreme even for me.

Here’s hoping the rest of the year is smoother than the first workout!


About danceswithfat

Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be IRONMAN, Activist, Fat Person.
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2 Responses to First Workout of the New Year

  1. lsstrout says:

    Did you talk to the management? That sounds potentially dangerous.


  2. Lara says:

    Seriously, even if you’re all delicate of skin (with ya), surely anything that would cause that reaction in both people in the space probably should have been done at a time with no one present and/or you should have been given the option explicitly about what to expect and whether to tolerate it? Yikes.


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