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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Jess Comments

So, I have been getting some FAQs amongst the commentary here at "21 Days" and you guys ask some good questions and add some interesting comments that deserve some further elaboration on my behalf.

Re: Swimming
Um, I haven't swum (aside from pattling around with a beer in one hand) since, like, high school. So my comment earlier about taking up swimming is made with the greatest of hesitations because
A. I don't own a swimsuit that is "swimming" attire. Would need to purchase one of those thingy-ma-giggers. The swimsuits I own are designed for primarily laying in the sun and looking good while drinking the aforementioned beer.
B. Don't have a pool to swim in. Per se. See, our community does have a pool, and yes, it's approximately 25 steps away from my front door. However, it is not very long -- in fact, I don't even know if I could guess its length -- so would lap swimming even be worthwhile in that? I could look into lap swimming at a public pool that is up the road about 2 miles (I run by it all the time), but I don't know if they offer times for lap swimming. And the only other option for pool swimming would be at a gym, and I have been avoiding a gym membership like Britney avoids rehab.
C. It isn't a whole lot cooler in the summer. As Wendy mentioned, pools in South Florida in the summer are about the temperature of piss (okay, so that's my analogy, not Wendy's, but that's the gist of her comment), so the only difference between the air and the water, is that you're more wet in one.

Re: Swimming -- A Postscript
No, I wouldn't swim in the ocean. I live about 45 minutes from the ocean. I'm not making that drive on a regular basis. Also, the ocean would be tough to swim in and I'd prefer to stick to a pool. Also, the pool doesn't have sharks.

Re: Swimming -- A Post-Postscript
No fears Marcy, as of now, I have no plans on converting to the dark side, so triathlons are not in my immediate future. However, Jerry and I have been talking about getting bikes, so we'll see...

Re: Soccer
And its observed disappearance from my posts. Well, unfortunately, I haven't played a game since the strained quad incident. I skipped one week to recover the quads, I was out of town for two weekends, and two games got moved from Sundays to other days of the week (one I was out of town for, and one I had something else going on for). So...yeah...haven't played in awhile. I actually emailed the team captain today to ask about the start of the new season because I may just throw in the towel on this one and start fresh with a new season. Also, Jerry brought me home a brochure about other women leagues in the area, so I may look into those as well and see which one is a good fit.

Re: Bowling League
Jerry and I have been bowling in a summer league for the past 3 years, and we love it. Personally, I think it's brilliant to have a sport that allows (nee, demands) that you drink while participating. For those who are new readers, what you can look forward to from bowling season are a lot of posts that read something like this. If that's not entertainment, what is?

Re: Bowling League -- A Postscript on Drinking
Nancy commented on the previous post's declaration that I was gonna scale back on running this summer by saying: "It's actually the perfect time to get serious about your drinking!" Amen, Nancy, amen.

24 comments:

Erin said...

I don't think I could ever swim as exercise. I hate laps. I am a much better float in the pool or horse around in the ocean type of person.

You need to pick an activity that is fun but not outdoors. It's too darn hot to run or play soccer. I think bowling is the best bet. You could work on increasing your strength over the summer in an air conditioned gym or by curling larger bottles of beer. I would go with bowling and beer. (or lifting and carrying LBF around)

sRod said...

"pools in South Florida in the summer are about the temperature of piss (okay, so that's my analogy, not Wendy's, but that's the gist of her comment)"

I think anyone would agree with that.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Damn that soccer. You totally should have run with us. :D

Regarding my comment, I was merely stating the obvious!!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

For what it's worth, I swim in tri shorts and a sports top rather than a swimsuit. So I guess I really don't have real swimming attire either, but I still swim! Of course, I probably look like a goober, but whatever.

Laura N said...

Always enjoy reading your stuff, Jess. This was a fun one, as usual!

Marcy said...

Ok phhheewwww. Just look out for those old peeps when you and Jerry and rollin in those bikes LMAO. Although, I haven't heard Wendy complain about them too much on her bike rides . . .

Viv said...

Even the way you respond to comments has me rolling!!

MN Mom said...

Good to hear you are going to stay away from sharks! I whole-heartedly agree with you. (JP is nuts in my estimation regarding that issue.)
In this case I say, "drink and be merry!"
(Actually I say that in every case.)

AnthonyP said...

I hope you are able to get back into soccer. Also, re: your post on my blog today, Wyoming has a great race weekend in August (over Labor Day Weekend). The Grand Teton Races have a 100 Mile, 50 Mile and Marathon. The races are just outside of Jackson Hole. Here is the race web-site : http://www.dreamchaserevents.com/gtr/

keith said...

Sounds like you've got a heck of a summer training/drinking regimen ahead!

Mendy said...

I'm with Viv.

Looking forward to your bowling days, and not just because of the drunk posts, but you seem to have a great time!

L*I*S*A said...

I think it's important to cross train.

Bowling and drinking.

Think of it as your own duathalon.

Brianna said...

I'm no swimmer, either. But I've taken it a step further - I don't recall the last suit (cute or otherwise!) that I bought . . . it may have been for my honeymoon 8 years ago . . .

So, triathlons are NOT in my future, but I have been toying with the idea of a duathlon - sounds like something you may consider with those new bikes!

chia said...

Our local public schools offer lap times, perhaps yours do as well. Unfortunately, I can see how scoring a lane may be an issue with the elderly population... but something to check into nonetheless.

Avoiding gym membership like Britney avoids rehab = priceless!!

Crystal said...

Bowling rocks. We shall rock at bowling this year. We will defeat all opponents and drink gallons of beer doing it. What better sport is there than bowling when you live in hot and humid Sweatsville?

teacherwoman said...

I must have it all wrong because I thought with my summer off I would have more time to get down to training ... here I'm supposed to be working on my drinking? Damn!

SLB said...

Nkice follow up; how are the NY ressies doing; you know no Coke and a daily Vit?

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