Sunday, September 21, 2008
Swimming & stuff
Yesterday, I went with Kim to her gym to go swimming. This gym is flippin' amazing. Very high class. I mean, they had a machine that is to help you with your golf swing. How crazy is that? Hehe. Granted, this gym also acts as a rehab center so that is really nice. They have a lounge area with a TV, couches, ice water/lemonade in the locker rooms. They also have a really fancy vanity area & lots of hair dryers laying around. They provide towels for you & they have this really cool machine that you stick your bathing suit in & it spins it to get all the water out. How cool is that?!
This was the first time I've swam in my new bathing suit. It finally fits!....kind of. Actually, it "fit" several weeks ago but I looked like a really bad Hooter's waitress. It just wasn't decent. People kept telling me to wear a tee shirt over it but I just hate swimming in shirts. I get all caught up in them. I feel like I'm some poor sea creature caught in a net, coming very close to drowning at times. It still does not look great but once you're in the water it is hard to see much...at least that is what I keep telling myself.
We had a great time. We were there a good 1.5 hrs. We didn't swim the entire time. She walked me around & showed me everything then we swam a bit, then we sat in the hot tub & sauna for a few min. However, we did swim several laps & did get our heart rates up. I taught her how to do a flip turn. I hadn't done one in close to 12+ years so I wasn't sure how good I would be at it but I think I did pretty good, if I do say so myself. I totally have to work on taking breaths...I suck at that (no pun intended...well, okay, maybe it was...hehe). I also found that my legs are pretty much useless. I can pull myself across the pool just arms, no legs & go pretty much the same speed as if I am using my legs. :P Kim is great at the breast stroke & I'm total crap at it. My stroke is freestyle/crawl stroke. I'm pretty good at it but need so much work. I did not remember how much work it takes to get yourself accross that pool. Just one lap & I was panting as if I had just run one of my 2 - 3 min jogs.
So, if I'm going to be anywhere near ready to do a mini-triathlon next year, I've got to get on the ball. I think now, "There is no way I'll be ready to do a triathlon next year." But really, look how far I've come already, in just a few months. In April, I couldn't stay on the elliptical anymore than 5 min & now I can do an hour. Just 3 weeks ago running for 60 sec was the hardest thing I had ever done & now I'm running 3 min. Who knows where I'll be next year? Hopefully, I don't get sick or hurt so bad that I have to take off for any extended period of time. Anyway, I think I may add swimming into my exercise regimen now. I think on the days that I train with my trainer, I'll go swim afterward. It may also help with the pain. I'm still considering taking a spinning class & if & when I do that I will definitely go swimming afterward just to cool off.
After we swam a few laps, we went to the aqua aerobics pool & put these floaty things on our ankles & walked the length of the pool a few times. We also used these floaty barbel looking things to work out our arms. They were pretty cool & it gave me a new appreciation for aqua aerobics.
After we worked out we went back to her place to change & then we went to Studio Movie Grill. I didn't feel as bad about ordering food there due to the fact I had only had about 350 calories so far that day & we had probably worked all those off swimming. Kim ordered chicken quesadillas & I got a cheeseburger with fries. We ended up splitting both meals. I approximate that I had close to 700 - 800 calories there. Not sure, could have been more but I figure that is pretty close. We saw Traitor which I will review in my next blog entry.
When the guy brought us our food, he ended up spilling Kim's quesadillas. Two of them fell out onto the table. He apologized, gave her the rest of the food, & then left. We didn't know if he was going to bring her more or maybe write off the check. After about 15 or 20 mins of him not coming back, she went to talk to another guy about it. He said he didn't know that happened & he would look into it. He finally came back & said that they guy said he didn't want to say anything about it & get in trouble. Are kidding me?! So, you're just going to "forget" about it & not expect the patrons to say something about it. No, we didn't "need" those two quesadillas but when you pay close to $10 for some chicken & cheese on a tortilla, you're going to be ticked if you get ripped off. We weren't mad at the guy, mistakes happen, people spill things. But at least own up to your mistake & ask how you would like the situation to be rectified. If he had asked, "Do you want me to bring you more?" or even offer to deduct 25% or even give the drink for free that would have been one thing. But they guy just took off. Anyway, the other guy that Kim had talked to told her they were going to rerun the ticket. So they ended up bringing another whole basket. Of course, she only ate maybe one out of that basket & felt really bad about wasting all that food but she had to say something. They should have just given her a free drink or something. Oh well.