That is the sound I expected to hear when I dove into the pool this morning.

Instead…I got more of a swish as I slowly eased myself in reacquainting myself with the water.


Truth be told I wrote the title of this post last night in hopes that I wouldn’t back down from my planned swim.  It has been a LONG time since I went swimming for exercise.  But I have been eyeing a June triathlon, which means that training should have started weeks ago!  With my March goal in mind, I drove to the park district pool at 6:05pm for a swim.  I decided to join Caitlin’s Ironman March and although I am a few miles away from my 26 mile running goal, I am yet to swim or bike.




I was so freezing cold on the short drive over to the pool that I almost turned around and definitely thought about walking around the track in my swim suit covered in PJ’s. Yes that is what I wore to the gym!  But once I walked onto the pool deck, I was consumed by heat and humidity…a nice change during this ice cold winter.   The pool was almost empty and quiet.  One of the benefits of the park district pool compared to the gym is that it is MUCH warmer for senior water aerobics.




The goal for today’s workout was to get into the pool, so once I was in, I had to decide what to do.  I figured that 20 minutes of swimming (any kind) would be a great start.  I alternated between freestyle and prone kicking.  A few strokes in and I remembered how peaceful swimming can be and because my newish goggles actually worked, I was way more relaxed in the water!




I was really proud of myself for getting up AND getting to the pool, so I enjoyed my reward of a few minutes in the hot tub.  I would have loved to have stayed longer but I had to get myself ready for work.




I forgot my contacts at home, but luckily I had planned to swing back home anyways to eat a bite of breakfast.




Since Thursday’s have turned into a marathon day, I planned for an easy dinner tonight that the BOY could get started without me.  Yesterday’s dinner was just as easy.  I had planned to make stirfry, but the BOY said that he wasn’t that hungry.  Instead, I roasted up some broccoli to have with leftover salmon (from Tuesday).  Easiest week of meal planning EVER!




I found this salmon recipe on a blog, commented on it, planned to make it, and then totally forgot where I found it.  Please tell me that I’m not the only person who this happens too!




I share this with you so that you know that I can’t take credit for the recipe and because it explains why I have no idea what the portions are supposed to look like.




Yet somehow this Asian inspired salmon turned out AWESOME!




If this is your recipe, thanks for the easy weeknight meal (and leftovers) and please take credit in the comments! 

Clean Eating Magazine (one of my faves) just emailed me with 15 Awesome Salmon Recipes!  Go check it out!



When was the last time you went swimming?

Any good pool workouts to share?

What are you eating for dinner this week?

Why do I have so many questions tonight?



Orange Ginger Salmon


3/4 to 1 pound of salmon

~3 tbsp fresh squeeze orange juice

~1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce

Ground ginger to coat


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Mix orange juice and tamari, stirring well.  Coat salmon and marinate while oven preheats (longer if you have time).

Sprinkle salmon with ginger and place in the oven (or on the grill in foil)

Cook for 18 minutes.

20 thoughts on “Splash!

  1. Great Job on the swim! I’m just getting back into the pool myself this week. I missed it sooo much. I’m totally cheating on running with swimming. I’ve went twice this week with plans for tomorrow too Craziness! That salmon looks really good! I’m so bad at cooking it though, it never comes out for me.

    • I have trouble with salmon too. The key for me was to check it after 5 minutes and then again every 2-3 minutes to catch it when it is just getting flakey!

      You are a swimming machine. I am so jealous of your dedication! I’m hoping to get in 1xweek for now and considering my past reputation may not even work : )

  2. I used to swim all the time when I belonged to a gym with a pool. But it wasn’t my favorite form of exercise, so when I switched gyms (no pool), I stopped swimming. The salmon dinner looks delicious. I’m thinking of making salmon for tonight! Have a great Friday!

    • You too! TGIF!
      I’m a huge fan of salmon but not the BOY, so I usually just make it for myself. I have been buying it at Mariano’s and it’s been really fresh and wonderful!

  3. The salmon looked great and asian seasonings on salmon are the best! Were you at Park Place for your swim? I spent many cold mornings and evenings there while DD did her 2 hour workouts for club swim.
    I applaud you for the swim workout-it a great alternative workout.

  4. wow that salmon looks amazing.. good job on going for a swim!! I haven’t gone swimming since the summer unfortunately, I love when I go up to my aunts lake house and do a swim every morning to this other dock and it is such a good workout that I wish I had an inground pool to be able to do it everyday. Maybe i’ll hunt down a friend who has a bigger pool this summer 🙂

    • Friend with Pool!
      That is totally the way to go! It would be much more fun to be swimming outdoor in the sunshine although I too love heading up to Wis for some lake swims!

    • I swim for the sole purpose of tri training. When I did my first tri a few years back I was great about getting in my swim workouts. Although I hated going to the gym and always struggled with my goggles, I was surprisingly happy once I slipped into the water. It’s an odd relationship for sure! The last few tri’s I swam like once before the race and definitely struggled endurance wise in the water. I am committed to preparing well for whatever tri’s I end up doing this summer and learning to love the pool! Thanks for your comment!

  5. I am so jealous of your swim!! I love to swim but don’t have a good pool to use. The YMCA in the next town has a pool but awful lap swim hours. I love how peaceful it is too. I usually just swim freestyle. What brand are your goggles? I always have issues with my fogging up!!

    • So I went for a cheaper pair of speedos with the foam lining and I love them. They are much better than the vanquishers that I used to wear. I hear that if you spit in them that they won’t fog up. Sounds gross but I think it works : )

  6. Isn’t swimming peaceful? I’ve really started to enjoy it 🙂 Best goggles around: TYR nest pro. They never leak and don’t leave huge craters around your eyes. I spit in my goggles before and during each swim, and they still fog. My swimmer friends say they haven’t found a magic trick that works, either, so if you find something, let me know!

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