I decided its time to try something new. I have way too much free time on my hands now that school has died down a little bit. I considered the following things to try and become: juggler, binge drinker, drug addict, swimmer, or body builder.
I considered binge drinking because, well, everybody else is doing it, right?! Yeah. No thanks. I think I'll keep these brain cells and kidneys around as long as I can. Ditto for becoming a drug addict. I like my brain.
Body builder? Hmmm, nope. Don't think so. The average body builder's arms are about the size of my legs. If not bigger. I think you can count me out on that one too. Putting on 80 lbs of muscle would probably add a few seconds to my marathon time, don't you think?
Juggling could become my new key hobby until I can run again, except one thing. Its really not that great of a workout. It is fun, thats for sure, but its just that: fun. I'll keep doing it to see if I can get it down pat, but I don't see myself aspiring to be a joggler any time soon!
Well, that sure narrows down the list. Whats left? Ah yes. I could become a swimmer. Swimming is a full body workout with great cardiovascular benefits to boot. Back in the day (when I was 10-12) I was on a swim team. I don't really remember anything from it except I had to swim across the pool and try not to be last. I won a few times, I lost a few times. I was never exceptional by any means.
A few weeks ago my chiropractor told me about the Master's Swim Team on campus here at UK for individuals 19 and older. The team has a really good head coach, Susan Bradley-Cox, who is a tri-athlete that competes on the international level; she has three world title's for her age group (55-59). I mostly discounted the suggestion when Mike made it, because I figured I'd be running again in a week. Nope! I started considering it pretty heavily again today. I've had way too much free time on my hands this weekend; really, WAY too much.
I sent Susan an email today to get some information about the team. It should be a great way to stay in shape and meet people at the same time.
Maybe I'll really enjoy it, maybe I won't. If I do, I'm already thinking about starting to tri.