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$60 Friday
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christopher575
Yesterday was probably my best swim yet. The baby shampoo pre-treat seemed to work pretty well for fighting the fog in my goggles, though I guess if I wanted to be really scientific, I'd treat one half and compare the two. The center snorkel and small goggles work great together because the snorkel doesn't bump the goggles at all. The internal nose plug works quite well, though I've discovered that even if no water seeps in, my sinuses get pretty snotty. Gross, I know. I didn't have to wait too long to get a lane, and I swam for a full hour. It didn't really occur to me to estimate the distance until recently, but it takes less than a minute to get all the way across the pool, and that distance is 25 yards. So if I round up and just say every trip across is a minute, that's 1,500 yards. Not bad!

So far I've only spotted one regular from Forest Park over there, which surprises me. But it's a big place and I might just not be spotting them. Plus if I do laps for an hour, that's plenty of time for people to come and go. I've noticed a lot of people swim for a little as 10 minutes. One guy at Forest Park cracks me up. He always spends up to 30 minutes talking to the lap swimming coach, then barely spends any time actually swimming.

I check Safeway's app every week to see if there are any $5 Friday deals I want to take advantage of. There are actually tons of deal categories in there, but it's too much to look through. I'm mostly looking out for one particular deal.

I save 50% by waiting until litter is a $5 Friday deal and stocking up.

This particular litter is regularly priced at $9.99 according to the tags, though I think I've seen it for a little less. Anyway, $5 Friday on a $9.99 litter is half off! I stopped at the Snohomish Safeway on the way back from the pool and they only had six on display, so I got those and some frozen vegetables. At our neighborhood Safeway, I got six more. $60 savings! There was one left in the storage spot where I keep them in the garage, so I've got 13, which should be plenty to last until the next time they're $5.

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Wow that's a lot of kitty litter!

You'd think someone going to a pool would actually do some swimming. 10 minutes isn't even enough to warm up is it!

You'd think! It must be his one chance to be social or something.

1. snot while swimming is a fact of life - a badge of the suit, shall we say.

2. I'd read about the baby shampoo trick but never tried it. My googles fog at the 15 min mark, I pull 'em out and lick the inside of each and no more fog for the rest of the swim.

3. I'm obsessed with the routines of other swimmes. My friend Brody and I have discovered that the buff young guys who get in and butterfly up and down the lanes usually do 20 mins or less. We actually call them 20 Minute Guys. The old guys with trunks they have to keep retying do 10 or less. Then there is my every day buddy who swims 4 lengths, jogs 4 lengths and swims another 4 and he's done (but, this is every day and after he's done his other gym work.

4. 1,500 yards is a winner!! 10 more lengths and you will have done a mile!

It didn't occur to me to lick them! I'd read all about spitting and phlegm and stuff but never came across any mentions of licking. That makes a lot of sense and I'll try it.

I'll have my Pebble Time by the next time I go to the pool so I'm excited about real stats instead of guesses. :D

That is a lot of cat litter.

AND a lot of swimming. I wish I swam but it's the thing where I notice I'm a smoker the most. I don't know if it's the pressure of the water on my chest or if it just takes that much effort, but I swam a lot as a kid and then didn't swim for a long time. In the meantime I'd started smoking and the difference in difficulty was so noticeable. And I was only in my late 20/early 30s at the time. Good for you for swimming so much. That is great.

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