elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Swimming at Sea

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Today I tried out the “lap” pool on board. The pool is just over 11 meters long. To the ship’s credit, they do a good job creating the lap swim atmosphere. Lane line ropes are put in place to create two lap lanes. I figured five laps would be about 110 meters. Just after seven this morning I jumped in and wanted to see how many sets of five laps I could do before I felt like a shark swimming circles in an aquarium tank. Flip turns we’re not an option, the sun was rising as I swam and the pool lighting was bright enough to see the wall, but only when I was right on it. The water was a bit warmer than I would like for lap swimming. When I was in the pool on Sunday it felt colder. After I swam about six or seven sets of five laps I heard a roar and the pool jets started pumping cold water in. At a very strong force. It felt like swimming in open water, in fact it was rougher than the ocean swim I did on Monday. I kept at my laps until I found myself getting pushed into the ropes from the jets – several times. When I finished I calculated I swam about 1,400 meters. It was Nita’s long of a swim as I am used to doing, but I did feel like I had a good workout.

After eating breakfast in the dining room sitting by a window watching the water go by, we headed to the pool (where I am now!). This is a day at sea. I am enjoying so much on this vacatio and one of my favorite parts are the days at sea. When I am at port I want to be active and out and about seeing the sights. Having days where I can sit pool side, nap, read, and people watch gives me the opportunity to rest without the feeling I am missing something. I have such a busy daily routine when I am home, I sometimes don’t realize how much I am doing without down time. I usually get seven to eight hours of sleep, that should do it, right? Well, I a fortunate to have this time to kick back and have plenty relaxation time to “catch up”.

Since I have run the past three days logging in 18 miles so far, I plan on walking the track with my friend this evening before dinner. The food has been fabulous and I want to have some guilt free treats, so the three mile walk will help. The night life here has been fun too. A few shows, a few different bars for a cocktail or glass of wine, and of course a trip or two to the casino… Let’s just say I am a happy girl. Time to rest is a good time.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

7 thoughts on “Swimming at Sea

  1. If you are happy, I am happy.

  2. Awesome philosophy! love it

  3. Excellent 🙂 Sorry that the lap pool sounds a tad uncomfortable…but lots of opportunities for activity! Enjoy your treats!

  4. I’ve never been a huge fan of cruises, but the way your describing your vacay makes me want to sign up for one!

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