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John and Chris learn swimming techniques, put their newfound skills to the test with an epic race, and learn why you shouldn't eat multiple Twix bars the day before a boxing workout.

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Okay its day 10. Chris and I are 1/10th of the way through our 100 day health and fitness challenge. I could do this nine more times. Maybe...


On the schedule for day 10 was swimming at the local Jewish community center. We had an instructor, Todd Landwehr, which is just a fabulous name for a swimming instructor.

He was a great coach and super helpful, but I have a complicated relationship with swimming. I grew up in pools and swimming in the ocean so I know how to swim, but I've never found it particularly enjoyable, partly for mental health reasons. Whenever I'm swimming I always feel a little bit nauseated and I also get super concerned about bacterial contamination in the pool, even though I know that's totally irrational. I mean there was obviously plenty of chlorine in this pool, just look at my eyes!

But I was there and I was ready to learn, and whenever I started to get anxious I would just tell myself, "Well, this isn't rock climbing!"

We started out with our front crawls, and then Todd gave us advice on breathing and kicking. We also worked on our breaststrokes. Todd explained that many swimmers actually do this stroke out of order, the correct method is pull, breathe, kick, then glide. It took us a few tries to get it right.

And finally Chris and I were ready to race with our newfound freestyle and breaststroke skills.

[Todd] "Take your marks, get set, go!"

I just want to emphasize again that 100 days is not a competition between Chris and me, and I know it's not a competition because Chris always wins! I would argue it's actually a gift to the audience that I wasn't willing to go full Speedo to win this one. Also, for the record, neither of us is a winner when it comes to high-fives. 

Swimming was a pretty grueling workout, so maybe it wasn't a coincidence that both Chris and I used that day as our weekly non-tracking day, or "cheat day". For Chris, that meant a couple extra beers on the golf course, and for me, it meant Twix bars (and yes that's plural).

I did manage to eat a lot of nutritious food on day 10, like I thing our dietitian Kim would've given me credit for these fruits and vegetables, but I had a lot of Twix bars. I ended up paying for this overindulgence during our day 11 training session with Laura.

"Chris and I both made bad choices yesterday so today's workout is gonna suck, and I'm kinda down in the dumps a little bit, but we're going to do our best. At least we're wearing matching t-shirts.

*Agressive clapping*

Alright Laura, we're ready. Let's do it. Be gentle.

The workout was mostly enjoyable. Like I learned that I truly love boxing.