Swum At The Presidio YMCA

“You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”
Michael Phelps

Despite working across the street from the
Presidio YMCA, I had never taken the opportunity to swim there.  Thanks to Becca’s guest pass, I was able to get in for free today.

CrossFit site recently posted a workout of the day with swimming in it.  I believe it’s the first time they’ve ever done that!  At the very least, it’s the first time I’ve ever seen it on the site.  The workout was:

Five rounds for time of:
Swim 50 meters
25 Push-ups

The length of the pool was 25 yards, so I decided to go to the end and back each round for the 50 meters.  I swam toward the other end of the pool - swimming was a lot harder than I'd remembered!
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Eventually, I did get there.  I had to pause for a few seconds and take a breath.
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I headed back to where I started.
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As I got close to finishing my first 50 meters, I started having a hard time breathing, but eventually, I made it back.
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After each 50 meters, I got out of the pool, feeling completely exhausted, and did 25 push-ups.

What we didn’t know until a little later was that cameras are not allowed at the pool.  Whoops!  Here’s a video of my first lap.

Not since I earned my mile swim badge in Boy Scouts have I entered a pool with the intention of swimming laps.  This was a fun and exhausting exercise.  On paper I thought this would be a pretty reasonable workout, but after the third lap, as I was exiting the pool, I said, “Here comes breakfast!”  There was a second when I felt like throwing up.  Good times!  (I didn’t vomit, by the way.)

I felt quite a bit heavier than I have in the past, possibly because I hardly ever swim at all.  I also wonder if I just sink more because I have more muscle than before.  Regardless, swimming may become something I do more frequently now.  It’s excellent exercise, and it’s fun too!
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