Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Charleston, SC - Swimming at the Dollar Store

Today I managed to squeeze in an hour at the local pool that I had found. It actually turned out to be pretty sweet in the fact that it was a 50m pool and cost me all of a $1.....yep a single dollar to swim!

The pool itself was a converted outdoor lido and had a bubble over it to keep the warmth in. It also had very shallow ends as in only 3FT deep ends and so for me the flips were out....I probably could have contorted my body to get a flip-turn in but no doubt would have pulled a muscle somewhere.

Swimming in a 50m pool is kinda cool. I think that this is the first time that I have swam in a 50m pool in about 20 years and certainly enables you to concentrate on swimming as opposed to having to flip every 25 yards. It also makes you think about different distances and calculations to get to the final workout distance. Overall a good workout and I shall be back there tomorrow....another lie-in for Sarah then!

Charleston has been great so far. After arriving in the evening on Monday we had dinner downtown and saw a little bit of Charleston. Tuesday was a trip to Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began, and then to the beach town of Folly Beach. Weather was warm but that gave us t-storms and winds so the beaches weren't really ideal for walking along...fortunately the rain stopped in time for an early evening tempo run :-)

Today the cold front came in, so bundled up against the 50 degree temps and strong winds we ventured to Boone Hall Plantation for a great visit to the last remaining working plantation. We also drove to the nearby beaches of Sullivans Island and the Isle of Palms. For those interested, Boone Hall Plantation was used in the film "The Notebook" (one for the ladies!).....

That's Charleston so far....more training and sightseeing to do!

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