Well, I did it! At times I was gasping for breath, heart thudding in my chest, but I did it.
We met our friend Amy at the YMCA at the crack o’ 10:30am and swam, then rode the recumbant exercise bicycles. The YMCA has both a heated pool and a regular one, but the regular one felt really good – not chilly at all. Howie and I switched to the heated one when it opened, but I found it too warm. Turns out he did, too, even though it felt good on his back.
I am amazed by Howie’s stamina in exercising…I was only able to swim the length of the pool and back three times. That was with me stopping at each end to rest my legs and catch my breath. I am one seriously out of shape woman. My hubby swam the length of the pool probably 15 times – he was in there an hour and swam non-stop. How did he do that?? Still, it’s not a contest. Okay, it is…But just between me, myself and I.
Tomorrow morning I have an appointment with a trainer who will show me how to use the various machines and help me develop a fitness plan based on my needs; I have to be careful with my left knee still, but there are a lot of exercises I still can do until it’s better.
It felt so good to move today, even if I am a little sore tonight. I want to work up to things, starting slow. Swimming may be my main exercise for a few months – that’s what Howie’s doing, too. And ibuprofen is my friend.