I got back from my workout around 10PM and I’m feeling really good. My day started way off kilter… I was incredibly late for work which never happens, ever. I’m habitually early thanks to my mom and then this tendency was multiplied by military service. But today I slept an hour and a half past when I’m supposed to be in, whoops! Oh well, I guess one time ever is ok.

After work I made my way down to the beach and had some dinner. It was nice to sit outside, eat, and cool off after such a hot day. I almost didn’t go to the pool because I was feeling all run down from my weird day but something compelled me to get out there.

Once I got out on my bike everything clicked. It was a little after 8 at this point and super dark. There was a little bit of a breeze coming off the ocean and all was good in the world. At the gym I decided to just do a continuous block of swimming to reset my brain. I let my thoughts drift and kept a steady pace back and forth across the pool. I spent about 30 minutes cruising through the water for what I would guess was at least 2000 yards (I have a general inability to count out more than 200 yards in the pool). It got me thinking that I might want to deck enter the 1650 on Friday in San Luis Obispo. I usually don’t go for the distance stuff because I’m not a morning person but this is at 6 in the evening about 15 minutes from my house so I might just get my name on the list.

When I was done in the pool I soaked in the hot tub for a little bit and then made my way home. I probably rolled up to the door at about 10PM. I wonder how many other people there are out there that are night owl exercisers like me. If I could put together enough people locally I would love to have a “Midnight Masters” team that trained at the local high school pool after hours. Not likely, but a boy can dream right?

3 Responses to “Swimming in the Dark”

  1. Scott says:

    When you sleep in that much you’re really, really tired. It might be a good idea to schedule the occasional day off to recuperate. Your body will take a while to get used to the new exercise regime.

  2. Rob D says:

    I did take Saturday and Sunday off to just rest, read, watch tv, and wander around the house. I should be back to the pool tonight though, I have a meet on Friday and Saturday.

    I think my major problem is that I am a big time night owl. I’m just wired to be up late and it’s always been a struggle for me to get to sleep at a reasonable hour and to wake up and function in the morning. So that mixed with a steady increase in physical activity has taken a little bit of a toll on me. Overall though I feel way better than I did 5 months and 25 pounds ago.

  3. Scott says:

    Well done on the weight front. I’m the same way about staying up way too late and its not good. I’m supposed to get to sleep by 9:00 PM to accommodate my 4:00 AM wake up and it isn’t happening. Ultimately I either mend my ways or burn out.