The Joys of Swimming

I really love swimming.  I love the feel of water on my body and how relaxed being in the water makes me feel.  I use my swimming time to unwind from the day and to think things over. I even construct blog posts in my head whilst making my way up and down the pool.

What I don’t enjoy about swimming is getting cramps.  Every session, I get a cramp somewhere, usually in my feet.  Most of the time I can stretch it out and keep on swimming, but unfortunately that was not the case today.  My left foot cramped up and refused to stop.  I tried all my tricks, but nothing work.  Thus my workout was cut short at 25 laps  (1.25km).  My body has obviously gotten used to doing more than 30 laps, cause 25 laps didn’t even feel like a workout.  I didn’t have that glorious ‘I have worked hard’ feeling that my body gets after doing 35 laps.  It was a real letdown.  Obviously, I have become addicted to the endorphins.  Still 25 laps is better than nothing.

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8 responses to “The Joys of Swimming

  1. Bugger!

    Sorry if this is bleeding obvious, but could it be a mineral deficiency? Or is it the fibro kicking in?

  2. Naomi – It could well be a mineral deficiency but I really have no idea. I am going to try drinking Powerade or one of those sports drinks before swimming and see if that makes a difference.

  3. NOOOOOOO… try a supplement that contains potassium, magnesium and calcium. Some specialist sports drinks contain that combination, but powerade etc are crap in that regard. They might contain one mineral, but that’s it.

  4. I began taking vitamins a couple of months ago, and my joints are doing a lot better.
    My regime includes a “mega” multi-vitamin with added minerals, calcium and iron, 2000 milligrams of Vitamin C & 200 micrograms of chromium.
    Sending healing energy your way.

  5. I agree with Naomi re: mineral deficiency and sports drinks.
    Try using soda water to mix any supplement drinks, it’s got the good minerals in it too ;)

  6. I wish I could swim… which is strange, since I’ve never actually swam at home either. :(

  7. 25 laps!!!!! I’d be lucky to do 2 of a 50m pool and I used to win awards for my swimming! You are a legend in my book.

    I hope you get your cramps sorted out soon xox