Friday after work I headed to Mt. Scott to swim. I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it but I miss swimming! Sometimes you have to take what you can get. I paid the $4.50 drop-in fee and got changed. It was crowded for a Friday night. The lap swim lanes had two people each in them and the other half of the pool was the swim team.
I was annoyed but I found a lane with only one person in it and joined it. Honestly, my swim was nice. I was a bit slower than normal but my lane wasn’t crowded so it was nice. Half way through my swim the swim team ended and the pool emptied out. I enjoyed my swim and was sad when it was over.
I relaxed in the hot tub and then showered. On my way out I saw this:
Yep. Starting this weekend the pool is closed for maintenance. The rest of September is a bust if I want to swim. So is the other pool I could drop-in to. I remember when I was a member of Mt. Scott before they closed for two weeks every September to drain the pool. I remember being so frustrated because it was my only place to workout. This was before I was a runner, before I had a bike. I didn’t have any options. Now? I have more options. I can continue biking to work, I can run. I can hike on weekends. I can do a lot of activities at home. What I can’t do: skip the pool.
So I’m done with this gym-free experiment. I didn’t last long. I’m not surprised. Had this happened in July I would have lasted longer. If I had access to the nearby pool I’d be ok. But they are all closed. It took me 2.5 hours on Friday night to swim. Too much. At some point my TIME is worth more.
As soon as I can I’m renewing my gym membership so I have a steady place to go that I can count on. Something that works with MY schedule, MY location.
Time: 58 minutes
Calories Burned: 390
I finally got home, cranky and hungry. Michael was making us homemade pizza! Thank the Goddess! He was done with most of it by the time my cranky butt walked in the door.
We did the toppings and he put the pizza on the BBQ outside! It was the first time he’s done homemade pizza on the grill. Usually we do Papa Murphy’s on the grill and it turns out great. This time–it took 4 minutes to cook the pizza. It was a tad crispy but still tasted great.
The pizza was spicy–pepperoni, Jalapeños, onions, and spicy sausage. It was a great combo. I was so hungry I ended up eating three pieces.
We watched the series finale of Entourage (which sucked) and I treated myself to a sort-of banana split. I sliced up half a banana, had some chocolate ice cream, a few chocolate chips, a drizzle of chocolate and caramel sauce. It was small but just what I wanted. And I had an ulterior motive–I wanted the banana to prevent any possible calf cramps I might have the next day when I ran.
QUESTION: Do you have fun working out or do you dislike it?