On Wednesday I had an appointment with my doctor who I am delighted to say is pleased with my progress… woooo-hoooo!! I told him I had gone swimming last week and was frustrated with only being able to swim 12 lengths and that I was annoyed that the following two days I was a wreck. He gently reprimanded me and told me to lower my expectations. He suggested that the next time I go swimming to lower the lengths to 8 and observe how I am for the following 48 hours. He also suggested I stop comparing my performance with the days of old and to accept I was in a different season.
Little did he know I had the swimming stuff in the car and was planning another dip straight after the appointment. As I drove to the pool I pondered over the value for money the swim was… 8 lengths for £3 hmmmm that’s 37p per length, not great! So I decided to go for 10 lengths and accept that 30p a length was the best deal I was going to get.
I arrived at the pool, paid my money and got down to the changing rooms. As I pulled my swimming shorts from my bag I realised something was up. The mesh inner to the shorts was all mangled and stuck together. As I separated it the inners broke up into pieces and it was then I noticed that the elastic waist had also broken. Had it melted in the tumble dry? Who knows but now I faced a dilemma, did I get dressed and go home accepting the wasted time and £3 or do I chance the shorts.
As I tied the waist cord as tight as I could I decided to go for it… As I walked to the pool I wondered had I been wise as I realised the pool was fairly full of females. Persistent I carried on and as I entered the water I suddenly was aware of more water than usual inside my shorts. As I swam up the pool feeling like the kid on the Nirvana album of old I felt a freedom like never before. Delighted to complete my 10 lengths I wondered would the shorts hold as I exited the pool. Thankfully they did and I drove home a happy man having dumped the shorts in the bin on the way out.
Unfortunately but I can confirm that the doctor was right. I should have gone for 8 lengths and accepted the poor value for money it represented. That afternoon I was shattered and the following morning along with the tiredness nausea returned. I’m determined to keep pushing forwards… talk soon!