Yesterday was a swim day for me. [Look, I know you’re a runner, and you might even think swimming is phooey, but don’t click away just yet! Stick around, and maybe I can change your mind? Or at least make you laugh? And besides, there will be *plenty* of running talk here.]
My running mileage is still greatly reduced (although it’s moving in the right direction), so swimming is a great way for me to stay in shape and burn some of my extra exercise-energy. Why do I swim?
1. I love to swim. I was a swimmer long before I was a runner. In fact, according to legend in my house, I was a swimmer before I was a walker. This shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s seen me navigate a doorway. Man, if I could swim through that sucker, I’d be golden.
2. I can do it outdoors, in Singapore, without losing gallons of sweat. Maybe a few quarts, but certainly not gallons. In fact, the rooftop pool at our gym is the one place in Singapore where I can get goosebumps. Plus, rooftop pool? Heck yes!
3. Swimming exhausts every muscle in my body. I certainly experience “hard workout hurt” during some fast intervals, but when I’m done, I don’t feel achy, old, or creaky – I just feel tired. And since swimming works both my upper- and lower-body, I feel tired everywhere. After a hard swim, I can be sitting (or lying) perfectly still, and my muscles feel heavy, spent, and just totally drained. I’ve never achieved such a perfect “nothing hurts but every single muscle is just utterly exhausted” feeling doing any other activity.
4. Swimming reminds me that breathing while running should be no big deal.
5. Swimming makes me very, very hungry. At the end of a long run, particularly in the heat, my conversation with KMN goes something like this:
KMN (chomping down on a big ‘ole burger and french fries): “Oh, man. This is SO GOOD. What could possibly taste better than this after a long, hard run??”
Me (stepping back from burger-smell): “Erm…Two sips of chocolate milk and 300 slices of cold watermelon? ‘Cause that’s all that sounds good right about now.”
But I can eat pretty much anything the minute I get out of the water, even after the hardest of swims. In fact, this was yesterday’s workout:
500 freestyle drill
1000 mixed IMs (4×100, 3×200)
A decent workout for me, these days, but not show-stoppingly difficult. Still, after a quick shower (Another bonus! Who needs a long shower when you spent over an hour steeping in chlorinated water?), I decided that I needed a snack to fortify myself for the trip home. Hey, 25 minutes is a long way!!!!
Bonus points for this particular Mr. Bean, because it’s located between my gym and the MRT station. I swear to you, it calls my name after every workout. Plus, their soya beans are getting ready for Chinese New Year:
And with that, I felt sufficiently fueled to head back home, where I proceeded to devour a whole bunch of leftovers. Chomp!
What workout makes you super hungry?
Ever seen a soybean dressed up for Chinese New Year before?