Staying active

8 May

It’s been 6 years since I stopped swimming professionally and 8 years since I swam in the Olympics. After that, I purposefully avoided athletic activity for as long as my body allowed me. Swimming was more than a life commitment and I had other things to focus on after that, not to mention my body was more than exhausted.

Since then, I’ve gone to the gym in spurts, but I’ve really have a problem committing to a regular workout routine. It’s nearly impossible to motivate myself to workout on my own, likely because I’ve always had a strict schedule and a coach breathing down my neck my entire life.

With swimming, it’s different. I find it soothing to count every single lap, and well, it’s about 1000% times easier than running for me. That’s why I’m so happy to finally start swimming again (recreationally) at a gym in Salvador called Estação Atlética. It’s a 6 lane 25m pool located in the neighborhood Pituba. The coaches are friendly and there are swimmers of all levels (although you wont see anyone at Michael Phelp’s level).

In addition to swimming, I’ve taken up a hobby of stand up paddle boarding (SUP). I bought a 10′ board in Maui and hauled it all the way to Brazil (they are at least 4x as expensive here). We’ve gone several times, and it’s really a blast and great workout. SUP is really popular in Salvador and I’d love to get more involved. They had a race last month (7.5 miles) and there is a huge community (http://supbabibrazil.webnode.com/) of SUPers.

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My competitive side is thrilled to be active again and my body is getting back in to shape. Now all I have to do is enroll in some races! 🙂

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2 Responses to “Staying active”

  1. Daily by Morin May 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    You look amazing and SUP look super fun. Welcome back to swimming!!

  2. Adriana Munford August 25, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    Hey everyone…come SUP with us – SUPBABIBRAZIL – nice time, nice beaches… 71 91471195

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