Life is Always Better After a Swim

Ah, I feel refreshed. Some visuals from the Northwest YMCA, where I did my swim:

  • A little old pudgy lady in glasses and a very threadbare one-piece flowered print bathing suit who spent the whole time I was there dancing in the water…without music;
  • The man I like to call “Ninja Warrior” for his waist-high silver metallic wrestler-style trunks and the way he slaps the water with his arm when he swims, racing me on some laps;
  • A whole mess of kids wapping each other with noodles in the free-swim area;
  • Running through two lane partners in the time I take to complete my easy swim;
  • The lady sharing my lane who had coated herself in some kind of menthol/spearmint /BenGay-type product that drove me out of the water, otherwise I might’ve swum more.

I love the diversity of people at the Y. Town Lake is the best, but it always makes me happy to see all kinds of people doing their things.

And I really feel good after my swim!

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Published by Leah Nyfeler

I'm a writer, editor, runner, and adventurer who is always looking for the next new story, exciting adventure, and good meal/book/movie. My focus is on helping people find their best, healthiest self through sharing what I know and how I've come to learn it. In addition to my blog "Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life" at, my articles have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines. You can hear me as part of the 2015 Austin cast of Listen To Your Mother.

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