Good morning, everyone!
I was going to have a recap up today of this past weekend’s 10K but I didn’t have time last night to get it all together. Tonight, I promise it will happen!
I did something crazy, and spontaneous, and joyful last night. And, I proved to myself that I am a queen bee negotiator. A bargain star. A – ain’t – nobody- got – time – for – that – price fighter. A penny pinching princess.
I went our new LA Fitness, hoping to ONLY turn in my recently acquired 3 day guest pass to swim some laps and check out the place. I even went so far as to leave my wallet in the car because I KNEW once the little guy on ‘roids showed me all around the gym, a huge sales pitch would follow. And it did.
I kid you not. After an hour and a half tour and the follow up sales pitch, I caved. But not without a fight.
The website clearly says, $99 initiation fee, PLUS your first month’s payment of $29.99. So I knew that, and knew that I wasn’t going to pay $130 last night. But then, he added in that actually it would be TWO payments of $29.99, bringing your cost to join the gym up to about a whopping $180 with tax. And then in a month turn around pay $29.99 again, for the “second” month.
I firmly told him that A. it’s ridiculous that that second $29.99 isn’t advertised B. $180 to join the gym, JUST ME??? and C. I pay $14 a month right now, do you think I’m crazy??
I knew that when the gym first came to town they ran a special where the initiation fee was dropped to $25, so I knew if I fought hard enough I could get him down.
We slowly went from $99, to $49, to finally $25. All the while he acted pretty rude about it. Sad that he almost ruined my experience, and I almost just walked out.
But after all was said and done, I agreed to a $25 initiation fee, plus first and last month’s payment of $29.99. A pretty good deal if you ask me!
My main reasons for going ahead and joining were two things: 1. I still had some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket and 2. I’ve been talking about wanting to swim laps for almost 2 years now! Ever since we got married pretty much. Plus, Adam has been wanting me to find a yoga class to take, and luckily the gym membership INCLUDES ALL of their classes!! I think I made a good choice, and if anything, I can always cancel it in May or June once I really start getting outside full time! I’ve been needing to find another form of cross training and been seriously missing the ability to swim laps.
Needless to say, swimming last night was wonderful! Swimming laps is so much more relaxing than running! And let’s be real, it’s WAY less painful! Ha! But, it’s on a completely different aerobic level, and I was definitely sucking wind after just a couple laps! My arms and back and every other muscle in my body feels so great today though. It’s really a full body workout!
I rocked my lifeguard swimsuit from working at the rec center and country club in college. Gonna need to upgrade that mess! I know you’re jealous of my red Guard suit onesie.
After I swam, I felt so much more relaxed. Swimming is such a great stress reliever, and just being able to swim along, focusing on the bottom of the pool, and zone out, is fantastic. The pool is tiny, but it will do! It’s 25 yards one way, and has just 3 lanes. So one lap is 50 yards. I probably did somewhere around 8 laps?? Freestyle and breaststroke mixed in.
When I got done, I ran by the grocery store on the way home and picked up ingredients for our work lunches and breakfasts for the week. I whipped up a big mango, pineapple, strawberry, banana, protein powder, and OJ smoothie for dinner, and chopped up the vegetables for our sandwiches. And approximately 20 minutes later, I had passed out in bed!
My little swimming legs were exhausted, and I can’t wait to start making swimming a more regular thing. Lord knows my feet and ankles need a break from the pavement!
Do you swim regularly? Do you swim in a 1 piece or 2 piece?