Swimming again today. It was quite excellent. I must have easily swum 30-40 laps all told, and managed somewhere between 10 and 20 without a stop. I'm continuing to feel more and more at ease in the water, and it seems clear that my fitness level, or at least my swimming competence has improved greatly.
I have an excellent date marker, I ordered a pair of goggles on Amazon about the third day I was swimming, which was October 26th. That makes it about 10 weeks since I started. I don't think I'd classify myself as a strong swimmer by a long shot yet, but, no longer a weak one either. I've kept a pretty good schedule, my own log shows 27 posts, and I know I didn't log every time I went, so I'm guessing around 3 times a week on average.
It's funny looking back, growing up in the UK we were all taught to swim, even life-saving fundamentals, and I pictured myself a fair swimmer. Over the years, as both my fitness level had diminished, and the memory got more distant, it appears now, that I was a little over-optimistic in gauging my ability.
I still feel a little stupid somedays when I glance over at the person one lane over who is passing me, again, to discover that they're probably approaching twice my age, and no Ricardo Montalbán either. I just have to remember that I'm doing this for me, because I want to, because I need to.