Ordinarily, I either swim right when I get up, then have breakfast, or have breakfast, then go for a swim. What I don’t ordinarily do is get up, work for a couple of hours, swim on an empty stomach, then eat. But if you want very ordinary food to taste delicious, try it. Makes oatmeal taste like filet mignon.
I really had to push in the pool today. I swam after my shift, which means I have about 50 minutes to get my mile in before I get kicked out of the pool for the aquafitness class.
Now by swimmer’s standards, taking 50 minutes to put in an 1800 is sllooowww. If you can’t do a mile in less than 40 minutes, many triathlons will discourage you from competing.
However, since my only real goal is to challenge myself a bit and get my body moving, that doesn’t matter so much. However, I’m sure to get faster by the end of the summer just because my body will get used to it, and I’ll have to push a bit to get my heart rate up.
I treated myself to a short soak in the hot tub afterwards as well as a long, hot shower. So, I’m feeling pretty mellow at the moment.
And now, to write. Working on finishing up one book, starting an outline for another, and writing a few articles. Swimming and writing makes the day good.
 This is usually a water safety issue. Swimming against the tide is no damn joke, and if you can’t do a 40 minute mile, there’s no way in hell you’re strong enough to be in serious open water.