Today we went for a swim at the Wilson Aquatic Center, which marks my first workout for 2015. It was slow, short, and included a lot of breaks, but I got out there, and that is important. After being down with that huge coughing bug for so long, it's nice to finally feel like I can breathe again. (Heck, I think today was perhaps the first day in nearly 6 weeks that I haven't taken medicine for a cough!)
The Wilson center is about a mile down the road from us, and as DC residents, we get free admission! After a year of very difficult swim practice (either taking the metro for an hour and paying a fee, or putting up with a 3' deep apartment pool and dodging playing families IF the apartment pool was open), it is super cool to have a full competition pool at hand! It has 50 meter lanes and a real deep end! So you are working 100% of the time.
In the shallow end, on breaks I was doing some pool stretches (feet and hamstrings) and realizing just how stiff I am. But that comes back pretty quickly.
I think for this month my goal should be simple: start working towards a baseline. I'm considering if I want to do a gym membership for a few months to really force myself out of my comfort zone to regain my good habits and some strength training. I did pretty well with club workouts the last few years... but I'm really feeling the strength loss after last year's HUGE layoff and this year's slow comeback. I am not the hills queen I was getting to be in Eugene!
The last time I was in such a rut, I joined a gym while in Seminary. It was $50 a month, but it was a reason to get off campus and go hang out with other people for a while. Hm. Maybe I'm just convincing myself that I might need the gym membership for a few months!