I’ve been swimming regularly for about a year now and I still can’t believe it. I’m not great, scratch that, I’m not even good but I’m doing it. I’m in there, splashing around from one end of the pool to the other until I amass about a 1/2 mile or so and guess what? IT FEELS FREAKIN GREAT, I SWIM, I’M A SWIMMER!!
I drag my sorry butt out of bed between 4:40 – 5:00 am a couple of mornings a week to swim. And I have to go to bed by 9:30 most week nights to be able to get enough sleep and sometimes that sucks. And my bed is warm and cozy and it’s dark and cold outside and I’m a big chicken in the dark running to my car so the boogie man doesn’t grab me but I still go! It’s totally worth it, that feeling of accomplishment, of doing something entirely for myself, my health & well being.
So my point, yes I do have a point, is that everyone has excuses, other commitments, & fears and it’s hard and scary and sometimes embarrassing but it’s also something you’ll never regret. You’ll also be amazed at the new friends you’ll make from that early morning, we’re all in this together busting our butts at 5 am club!
When you get home tonight, dig through your drawers and drag that swim suit out of hiding, find a cap & goggles, grab your favorite towel (shit like that matters & makes you smile) and pack up a bag for the morning. And because I love, love, love, love lists here’s what you’ll need to make it through an early morning swim:
- flip flops (one thing you don’t need is athlete’s foot)
- towel (make it fun ladies)
- sweats, pjs, lounge pants (travel to and fro)
- bra & undies (it’s okay if you forget these, nobody notices at 6:30 am when you leave the gym)
- boots (baby it’s cold outside)
- ditty bag (shampoo, conditioner, soap, razor, lotion, hair product, etc)