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Oct. 15th, 2003

did finally go swimming on Monday night-- cycled up to Highdown (just like it sounds, except I went up an additional hill because I forgot the best way there), got to go in for 30-45 minutes or so, which is what I was heading for anyway. It's so long since I went! About 8 years and 6 stone ago, in fact. And that was probably the first time since swimming lessons in high school, and I didn't go again :| Still, it was quite fun. Got my heart going, but I wasn't really sore afterwards (which is why it was recommended, I suspect). But it'll take a while before I get the stroke actions pinned down again, not that I was ever a particularly good swimmer anyway. Highdown's only a 17m pool too, should be easier for practicing in. (Can always go to Central for a larger one if I want).

Went running again last night. I'm going to have to allocate today as a recovery day :} I can do one minute's running and one minute's walking for twenty minutes, which puts me at roughly week 1 of the beginner's schedule. Fair enough. When I say "running", I don't mean particularly fast, though-- still, one thing at a time.

Tried to make chilli con carne at home, only to realise just at the end that we had no kidney beans left. Bummer. Still, managed without (lots of rice :}) and still enough left for tea tomorrow too.


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Oct. 15th, 2003 12:11 pm (UTC)
I started something similar a few months ago. I eventually found a book in the library (none in the bookshops I went to) that explained the important bits to each stroke (twisting whilst doing the crawl, not kicking too low during breaststroke, etc). But I'm not losing any weight - I just can't get the adrenaline flowing.
Oct. 16th, 2003 08:19 am (UTC)
The BBC sport website has an "academy" bit that seems to be actually quite useful in telling you about the basics for a few things like this, that it's probably assumed that "everyone knows how to do this, of course". (/me remembers being miserable during PE at school from, when it comes down to it, having no idea how to play soccer).

It raises my heart rate, and it makes my arms feel like they've been working, which is probably all to the good. Although, tbh my impression is that cycling and running are much more strenuous-- they're what I've been doing over the last few weeks that seemto have been having an effect.

(From an eating point of view, I've also found writing down what I eat in a little A6 notebook magnificently useful)
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