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Posted on Friday 12 July 2013 at 10:38 am

Swimming with Tunes and General News

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I've been a bit quiet lately. There just isn't much of interest going on, I guess.

I have two roommates. The two from the past year both graduated in May. One moved out in May and a new roommate just moved into that room. The new roommate and I are getting along fabulously thus far as we share many geeky interests. The other old roommate is moving out at the end of July and another new one moving in. Nothing too exciting. Just rotating roommates.

I'm teaching summer school right now. I've got one class, the second half of the basic intro American History class so a general overview of 1877 to the present. I just finished the second of five weeks so almost half way. We did World War I today. Again, nothing overly exciting.

My ankle is recovering nicely from the latest spraining. I've been told repeatedly that swimming would be good for my bad ankle as the motion against the resistance of the water will help rebuild everything the way I want it without risking more damage like I do when I start running on it too soon and that switching up running and swimming generally will help keep it stronger and make it less likely I'll keep damaging it when I do run. There are two problems here.

First, I'm not a very good laps-for-exercise kind of swimmer. I'm a perfectly fine swimmer in that I can move from point A to point B in the water without fear of drowning somewhere along the way and I like to play in the water. I just have little to no speed, stamina, or good technique for moving through the water with any efficiency and would rather splash around then swim. I know if I keep doing it that I'll get better at the speed and stamina even if I never have the best technique so I should swim more and I did yesterday but I don't want to do it much due to the second of the two problems.

I get very bored swimming. I listen to my BBC Radio shows or sometimes music while running and while using weight machines. This is fun. Swimming is just me and some water and a great deal of boredom. This is also partly why I like to play in water but not swim in water the same way I'm willing to just run/hike. So I've started looking into waterproof mp3 players and headphones. I think this is a fantastic idea and would be really good for me. The problem is that I can't find anything for under $120 that seems like it actually works and the best option appears to be around $150. There are all kinds of things for sale in the $30 to $50 range that claim to be underwater mp3 players and headphones but all the reviews say things like "Worked for two weeks then broke." or "Batteries won't hold a charge." or "It will play the first five songs on my playlist over and over but never move past that to the other hundreds of songs." I can't find anything under $100 bare minimum that has anything even vaguely resembling reviews that give me any confidence in the product. Do any of you listen to earphones while swimming and have tech options you could suggest?


Unsentimental Fool
unsentimentalf at 5:15 pm on 12 July 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Roommate is one of those words that doesn't translate from US to UK English perfectly. I was rather astonished that you were now sharing a bedroom with 2 other people until I checked idiom!

There should be a lot more waterproof electronics coming on the market I would expect, given the new cheap proofing methods, but I've no experience myself. I know what you mean about swimming - I'm a good distance swimmer but it is tedious.
bratty_jedi at 5:25 pm on 12 July 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I suppose UK English would be flatmate or more likely housemate for what I meant as I share a rather large three bedroom/two bathroom home in which I have my own bedroom. We just use roommate for everything over here. :)
Unsentimental Fool
unsentimentalf at 6:21 pm on 12 July 2013 (UTC) (Link)
:-) That sounds a deal more civilised!
shayrena at 9:28 pm on 12 July 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I used to be in a swim team and I loved it. I was fast and everything, but thinking about doing that now gives me no enthusiasm whatsoever. I prefer the playing around part now, too. I don't even have a bathing suit anymore, only bikinis. Lol. Good luck on the mp3-player hunt!
bratty_jedi at 12:55 am on 13 July 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I have a regular swimsuit that I almost never wear and two two-pieces that are what I normally wear. I just like them better.

Good luck on the mp3-player hunt!
Thanks. I might go with the expensive option (a special waterproof ipod shuffle) after I get paid for my summer teaching gig.

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