I got to work very early today, considering the fact that I woke up late, I found that to be rather strange.
It gave me time for breakfast though.
I can now assure you that Peach Chobani and Vanilla Almond Galaxy Granola are an excellent combination. Seriously, people rave about the pineapple flavor all of the time. No. It’s all about the peach.
Work was fairly uneventful, which I was pretty happy about. I spent most of my day struggling to print up the labels for the company Christmas list (there was a major formatting issue…I won’t bore you…), eating Red Vines and trying to decide about what type of exercise I was going to partake in after work.
I brought both swim clothes and regular work out clothes, unsure of what I wanted to do. If I am going to swim, it’s best to do it on Saturday nights, as the pool is far less crowded. Also, I forgot my headphones for my iPhone, so if I worked out on the fitness floor, I’d probably spend most of my time really bored. On the other hand, if I went swimming, I’d have to get wet…and I’d have to get cold. I hate those things. Also, my tummy was feeling gross from the Red Vines.
In the end, I did go swimming. I almost bailed after walking down to the gym, but since I had told my co-worker that I was going, and his last words were, “Have a good swim!”, I knew I needed to go. I would’ve felt lame tomorrow when he asked how my swim went if I would have been forced to say, “Um….I kinda didn’t go…cuz it was dark…and cold…and I didn’t want to get wet…and I just wanted Starbucks instead….”
I spent a lot of the 30 minutes I was in the pool trying to work on my breathing. No matter what I do, I just can’t get the hang of rotary breathing. I spent some time, using the tips that I read on whatkateate.com, trying to figure it out.
Didn’t quite get it. Did get water in my mouth though. Yum.
I don’t know why it is so hard for me.
I guess it is because swimming is still really hard for me. I learned how to swim in the summer of 2009 at 27 years old. I didn’t learn terribly well. I don’t know how to tread water, as the pool at the Y is only 4 feet deep. I’m still slightly afraid of the water, but less than before. I just keep trying to work on it. It’s really hard to break a phobia that has been with you for over 25 years.
At least I’m trying, right?
That counts for something?
After I got home I had to figure out dinner. I randomly came up with the following:
Ancho Chili Steak on a bed of Kale and Wild Rice
I trimmed the stems off of the kale and then cooked it in a bit of extra virgin olive oil with some garlic. The steak was rubbed down with a mixture of ancho chili powder, salt and cumin, then cooked on the stove top until I was sure it was really, really, really dead. I like things well done, you see. The rice was made in the microwave.
Simple, tasty dinner. Can’t wait to eat it again tomorrow (there were leftovers)!
Can you rotary breathe when swimming? Did you have any trouble learning?