|Isn’t it wonderful to feel spring in the air? The days have just been amazing recently. This photo was taken last Sunday when I was out enjoying a picnic with friends, like many others. It was so lovely to see small groups gathering together enjoying the sun and each others’ company. That much needed social interaction basking in the glorious weather. What could be better!
It definitely feels like we’re starting to move out of this lockdown, with the outdoor pools opening on Monday. While we are not back yet, I don’t think it will be too long. The excitement is building, with a definite buzz running through the swimming community. Further down in the newsletter you will find some notes on what to consider before heading to the pool. The key point is to check the website of your local pool to ensure you understand how they are reopening under the current restrictions. Each pool will have their own processes.
Like many I have been trying new ways to keep in shape over the past few months. I have taken up cycling, running and virtual stretch and mobility classes. I can certainly feel the benefits of cross training and I’m really enjoying learning new physical skills. I’m super keen to keep these pursuits up even after lockdown. It is a way of obtaining a wholistic work out. What have you been doing? I’m hearing stories about online pilates classes, home gyms in the garage and loads of kilometres building on walking apps. I hope you’ve been keeping your physical and mental health in check.
For those interested in the running component, I have been using the ‘5km’ app which is a repackaged version of the ‘Couch to 5km’ program. I do love the feeling of freedom I get from running and the sense of achievement I feel from cycling. There have been mishaps, too – I’m still nursing a shin injury from a topple on the bike a few weeks ago. But I keep getting on it. Cycling has opened my eyes to a whole new part of my local government area and introduced me to a new tribe. It’s been fabulous.
However, swimming is still my number one love. I was so happy to be swimming at Dawn Fraser Baths when it reopened a few weeks ago. It is such a great, historic harbour pool located in Balmain. Prior to the pool reopening, some of us had started getting into the harbour at Birchgrove. Like many others who had been swimming in the harbour over the past few months, we felt there was no other option. So many swimmers have been swimming in the waterways around the city. Further down in the newsletter, you’ll find a link to my latest blog “Swimming in Sydney Harbour is Having a Renaissance. I’m in!”, which discusses this growing trend.
I recently had the good fortune to catch – up with Claire Humphreys, one of our fabulous SwimFit members. In our chat, Claire shares her swimming journey and some of her tips with us. You’ll find the link below in the newsletter.
We have our fingers crossed we will be back in the pools soon with our classes and private lessons! As we receive more information, we’ll keep you updated. Until then, keep safe and stay well.
As always, yours in swimming,
Photo: Ballast Point Park, Birchgrove. PC: Kari Baynes