I thought I'd show you a picture of my friend's pool, where I swim. Since it's been reaching up around 100 degrees every day this week, the pool is finally not so shockingly cold. Before this week, I've had to slowly adjust to the chilly water by dipping my feet in first, then sitting on the first step, then slowly going down to the next step... It was really cold!
I start out with a couple of laps doing a breast stroke, then I do the same stroke on my back for 2 laps, then I do a frog kinda thing for a couple of laps. The best thing I've found so far is treading water at the deep end of the pool. It really gives you an amazingly good workout. Then, I have to retreat to my towel for a while to rest. So, I read my book for a bit then go back in to do it all over again, as many times as I can. I'm trying to spend at least 2 hours per day in the pool, hoping this will speed up the process of getting in shape.
I actually do have a reason for all this aside from getting healthier. I'm planning a trip to Italy in the Fall and I want to be able to stay up with the healthy girlfriend I'm going with. She's used to hiking up mountains, so I really have to be able to keep up and there is a lot of walking to be done in Rome and its surrounding areas...
I think I've got just enough time to get into shape. Oh, and Mr. Snoots' 40 year high school reunion is next month, so I have to look good for that.