A couple of Saturdays ago I tried to get out for a hike with my husband but never made it out of the house. Hiking in the summer is a big part of the Northwest lifestyle and I’d thought I could maybe do an easier trail like Wallace Falls. But the closer I got to leaving the more I realized that trying to hike with my back the way it is now would be a really bad idea. After a frustrated meltdown followed by a nap to clear my head, I had a new idea for exercise: go for a swim.
A friend had suggested it about a month ago but at the time I wasn’t ready to hear the idea. Swimming is my last resort exercise that I only do when I can’t do anything else. The last time I regularly swam for exercise was when I was pregnant with my youngest son, now a grown man.
But on that Saturday afternoon I looked into where I could swim. Pools in the Northwest are mostly indoor affairs because of our cool climate. My local public pool has been very run down, so much so that it’s been a plus that I’m too blind without my glasses to see in the water. A little Googling revealed that it was finally renovated last year. But even better, a nearby Gold’s Gym has a salt-purified pool. I called over there and they said, sure, come on over and try it out.
I got over there with my little-used swimming gear. Immediately one lens of my googles popped out. I swam anyway and it was better than I expected. The salt-purified pool has enough salt to keep it clean, but not enough to sting your eyes like the ocean. And no chlorine smell. It really is pretty pleasant.
The next time I swam my cap ripped apart when I put it on. I had to laugh. All that gear was old and petrified. I am a reluctant and infrequent swimmer indeed. So now I have both a new cap and new goggles.
I used the stretching area and yoga classroom to do my PT exercises. It made it much nicer to get through them. Overall the Gold’s is very clean and the staff was low-key, didn’t try to sell me at all. I got a one-week free pass to the place. Over the week I swam several times and popped in once just to do my exercises. It was a good experience. I didn’t buy a membership, at least not yet, and this week a backlash from a little gardening kept me off exercise most of the week. But it’s good to know that Gold’s is an option if I have to be off skating much longer.