It’s been raining pretty hard out here on the Central Coast of California and that tends to mean water quality issues at a lot of the beaches due to agricultural run off and other ucky things like that. Even though today has been pretty dry, it’s going to take a while for the water to cycle out. That being the case I slept in this morning and settled for a swim at my gym in Pismo (which didn’t seem particularly clean either… ewww).

I started with about 30 minutes on the elliptical machine upstairs. I would have gone a little longer, but my iPod shuffle ran out of juice and I got very bored very quickly after that. I hate the elliptical machine, but I really work up a sweat on it which is probably good for my waistline.

It’s normally not too busy at my gym’s pool, but we had a pretty full house today. There was no way I could have shared a lane with anyone in the pool without drowning them so I hung out and waited on the pool deck until somebody got out. Once I had a lane I jumped in and rigged up my SwiMP3, so far I really dig that thing. Anyways, my swim wasn’t particularly awe inspiring. I just wanted to get in some yardage. I tried to focus on my freestyle catch on the left hand side. The last time I swam with my Coach down at CVMM she caught a problem with my left arm. I kind of drift down and out and then start my catch. It’s on my shortlist of possible suspects for why my shoulder on that side has been such a mess recently. I’m really trying to correct that drift and drop straight down into my pull instead… we’ll see how it goes…

I’m not sure how much swimming I’ll get in where this week. I’ll have to miss my Tuesday swim because the Santa Maria pool is still closed, but I should be able to go back on Thursday. In the middle there I’m going to have to stick with solo workouts. I think I’m going to start coming up with some non-swim workouts too just to mix it up a little bit between seasons.

4 Responses to “Rained Out of the Ocean… Hit the Gym Instead”

  1. James says:

    If you are ever looking for a good spot to swim with a group, check out Kennedy Club. We so a lot of informal practices along with the scheduled few in the SLO multiplex. We have about 8-10 "regulars" who always do a 4000-6000 big swim on Saturday mornings.

  2. Rob D says:

    Thanks for the heads up, I've never swam at the Kennedy pool before. When do you guys normally workout? I need to hook up with some people that like to swim evenings… how much does it cost to drop in and swim?

  3. James says:

    We swim most evenings, at least 3-4 of us. Monday and Wednesday we swim around 5:30, Tuesday and Thursday around 6:30. Kennedy does master's "classes", but they are all morning or noon. The few of us that swim evening are the ones that tend to be more "competative" vs. fitness swimmers. I wunna say a guest pass is like $10, which is crazy, but I will look into any other options.

  4. Rob D says:

    $10/visit is pretty believable, it says you can drop in but we'd rather you didn't… Pismo Beach Athletic Club is about the same. Shoot me an e-mail at and maybe I can find a day to come swim with you guys. If I fit in with the group and it fits my schedule maybe I'll just join Kennedy too for the swimming.