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Some times, just sometimes, an odd sort of thing seems to happen when I'm working out at the gym.
It's a bit like ... some kind of meditative trance, only it's physical. Suddenly I'm aware of everything just starting to work together effectively and efficiently when I'm working out. The strain of doing it is still there - I can feel the throb of my muscles, the ache of the lactic acid buildup, and the beating of my heart - but it just seems ... well, not quite fade away, as much as start to work in harmony. As if an orchestra has just finished tuning up, and is now getting started on the symphony.
It's an exhilarating feeling. Just for that while, you can feel yourself brimming with energy. You feel as if you want to run, or do something that uses this surge of power, just for the sheer joy of it.
It's moments like this that are what has driven me forward - one of the first times it happened, I decided sort of impromptu that I was going to swim a mile, non stop - well, as non stop as you get in a 25 meter swimming pool at least - keeping going, not touching the bottom or sides. And I did. 129 lengths, back and forth.
I was quite tired at the end, but also ... reveling in it.

And y'know what? I've actually finally bothered to count fingers on that, and have reached the conclusion that my mental arithmetic whilst working out is poor. Because that's not a mile, it's two miles.
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mcnazgul From: mcnazgul Date: December 3rd, 2009 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
It's just something about the swimming pool that makes you forget basic numeracy I'm sure. Damn I miss swimming.
crashbarrier From: crashbarrier Date: December 3rd, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I get the same thing when I cycle. I get to the wall, go over it and endorphins light the way:D. its why i like ti cycle places.. you get both the physical reward of cycling and the more practical reward of going to somewhere and seeing it:)
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