Feeling like a fish out of water, but this fish can still stitch… hexagon blooms

by jennifer

NO DIVING – that I can handle. But -NO SWIMMING – well, that’s a bit more of a problem. My favorite YMCA lap pool is closed for more than a month for regrouting and and I’m itching to swim in it RIGHT NOW.

Tomorrow I’m going to try to test out the local high school pool that has a completely rockin’ aquatics department. And I’m thinking the untimely repairs at the YMCA pool may be for the best. The high school pool is closer to my house and it’s beautiful. I got my first look at it about six weeks ago when I signed my daughters up for swim lessons and, my oh my, is that a sweet pool.

The high school pool doesn’t have full length windows like the Y pool, but the high school pool is bigger and better and has an adult triathlon training team and swim team. (I think we all know where all this is headed.)

Ironically I met the tri team coach last month just minutes after crashing my mountain bike and sliding face first into a wooden post on a trail not far from my house. He kindly stopped and helped me try to get my seat back on my bike. (No such luck.) I could feel the goose egg forming on my forehead and my left eye swelling up fast, so I kept the chatter brief. That’s so not the way to meet a future coach.

I decided to heal up completely before joining a new athletic club. The bumps and bruises are gone, so I think I’m good to go. At the very least it’s time to get back into a serious swim routine.

Okay, so I’m going to try to motivate myself to run outside in sweltering heat, then I’ll resume work on the next podcast. I’ll probably be making neck coolers for my next craft segment or stitching hexagons while I edit the show. I still have a bizillion hexagon flowers to make for my ArtPrize quilt.

Strangely the project is becoming more exciting as the deadline rapidly approaches. There’s nothing like a little high pressure crafting to make me feel alive. (I want to schedule a local stitch-in soon, so please let me know if you’re interested in doing some paper-piecing with me and when you’re available.)

I’ll post more hexagon photos soon. In the meantime, let’s all remember to wear our bike helmets, okay?! I might start racing on a giant trike just to be safe. : )

UPDATE: I just ran 3.2 miles in 30 minutes 27 seconds. I definitely should have made a neck cooler BEFORE the run. It’s very humid in West Michigan tonight. This is me spontaneously deciding to get my training back on track and holding myself publicly accountable to move my rear. And in the interest of full disclosure I will also come clean with this fact: I WILL be eating a chocolate ice cream cone in just a bit. Tonight I ran for Hudsonville chocolate. LOVE that stuff. In case you’re wondering… I don’t always cool down with ice cream, but on nights like these I highly recommend it.

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