Monday, June 2, 2014
Big Pink-Goggled White Woman
I joined the new YMCA in Koreatown and went swimming today for the first time in years and years and years. Swimming is, apparently, just like riding a bicycle because when I slipped into the water and took off free-styling, I felt weightless and smooth and each breath each stroke was the millionth one I'd taken and made, effortless. When I climbed out, I was as limp and weak as a cooked noodle, the mostly elderly and impassive Korean men and women nodding pleasantly at me as I made my shaky way back to the locker room. It will be good to be anonymous at the Koreatown YMCA, a big pink-goggled white woman noodle in an Asian sea. It's what I love best about living in an urban area -- that unique ability to be surrounded by humanity and still feel utterly alone.
Posted by Elizabeth at 12:31 PM
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I love swimming laps because I can work out like mad and never feel like I'm sweating.ReplyDelete
And one of the things I love best about living in the city is the people-watching.
We've taken to the water like fish this summer and I'm more relaxed than I can recall feeling in a long time. I think we're supposed to go back to our roots (or fins?) in the water, so to speak.ReplyDelete
ps-Those glasses are FIERCE.
Swimming is great and you are gorgeous.ReplyDelete
Hmmm, when i first started swimming a few months ago, I didn't feel weightless and smooth. I felt like a giant lead ball of flailing limbs practically hyperventilating! LOL! You must have been a swimmer all your life. Me? it was ugly and horrendous. But now, I love it. (ok, not love it... fond of it.) I do enjoy the "noodle" feeling of a whole body workout too :)ReplyDelete
and I agree - you're gorgeous :)
I love swimming. That will be great exercise, with the anonymity an added plus!ReplyDelete
Love the sunglasses, BTW. Very Jackie-O.ReplyDelete
Oh yeah, me too. Anonymity is the thing I miss most.ReplyDelete
Good for you!ReplyDelete
been swimming lately myself ( I consider it much easier than running on an elliptical). The feeling as you exit the water is like no other excercise experience in the world. I know many mothers who swim every day and the only bad thing about it is the high goes away usually by the time you are putting the kids to bed!ReplyDelete