Mar 01 2010

Madness in March

Exactly a week from today, I will be starting something new that may change my life.
That sounds ridiculously melodramatic, but it’s true.
Next Monday is the first day of Masters Swimming 101; the class that prepares you for Masters Swimming. This means that I will start swimming three days a week for a month, and then several days a week (actual number TBD) forever (I hope, anyway) after that.
This should be an interesting experiment. The class is at 5:00- that’s PM (a distinction that is very important in this case)- which means that John will have both of the kids for about an hour and a half each day I have class. This is notable because Rowan still isn’t doing well with being without me. And by “not doing well” I mean cries PITEOUSLY until she’s in my arms.
After the month-long class, the swimming time I think is most feasible for me to attend is 5:30, but this time it’s AM. 5:30 A-frigging-M. I feel insane to be even considering it, but I think it may be the best time because the kids will, I hope (please, jeebus!), still be asleep and I will be able to go out and come back without anyone noticing. Given the state of my morning hair, it’s a really good thing that I will be spending all of that time in a swim cap.
I am a multiple-exercise-program dropout, but I really need to be doing something. I can feel my body atrophying, and I don’t like it. I know that I feel better when I’m getting regular exercise, but it takes so much to get me motivated.
I would not be able to do this at all if not for my dad, his girlfriend, and, most especially, John. They have all been so supportive. My dad and his girlfriend are swimmers and have been encouraging me to try. I didn’t want to start something like that while I was pregnant, but I don’t have that excuse anymore and likely never will again. I will be starting my class exactly 2 years after my dad started his, which is a fun coincidence. It has been really inspirational to see what swimming has done for him, and I hope to have similar success.
And John is taking on a huge task in this, and just so that I can have some time to work on myself. I don’t think I’ve expressed my gratitude that he is willing to help me with this enough. It’s wonderful.
Wish us luck! It’ not going to be easy, but I think it will be worth it.

7 Comments

  • By Elizabeth, March 2, 2010 @ 4:11 am

    Good luck! Sports are great and I think you will find if you do something you love it will change you from the inside out.

  • By nrbp, March 2, 2010 @ 5:29 am

    I’m rooting for you Dani! (And John!)

    I’ve been thinking about how I might make a serious swimming regimen work for me and the family. Up until Jonah was born, I swam at least 3 times a week for years and years and I’ve been missing it something fierce lately. I haven’t been able to stick with any other workout-type activity I’ve tried, and I’m also balking at the early morning part… I may just have to dive in right behind you!

  • By wings, March 2, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    wow, cool web site.

    hello! and congrats on rowan..=) Hope you, John & Cole are doing well.

  • By yolanda, March 6, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    Ohh, I like the new blog page!
    I heard that the masters swimmers class is awesome. I always wanted to do it. One day…
    Anyhow, enjoy it and you’ll be in killer shape after all that swimming. ;0

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