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Penny Oleksiak Wins Gold!

Watching the Olympics? Well, Canada’s Penny Oleksiak won a gold medal in the women’s 100 metre freestyle. She tied American swimmer Simone Manuel for gold and they share a new Olympic record. I searched on YouTube to see if they had the race anywhere, but it’s not up. Copyright reasons? No idea. But I’m sure a replay will be available eventually. In the meantime, here is CBC’s news report on it.

With this medal, Penny Oleksiak breaks a record for having the largest number of swimming medals by a Canadian in one Olympics. She has a gold, silver, and two bronze. And she’s not done! She could still get a fifth medal. But since she’s only 16 years old, she’ll likely dominate the sport for the next couple Olympics.

Oh, and I think she’ll be the flag bearer for Canada in the closing ceremonies.

What’s impressed you so far in the Olympics?

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Are You Watching the Olympics?

This is the first Olympics I have the chance to really watch since the 2010 Olympics. You see, the Olympics in 2012 and 2014 were on when our TV was dominated by children’s TV, and we had to have it off when our daughter was going to bed. Now, it’s possible to watch them again.

Of course, I’m cheering for Canada, but also Japan. After the first day of events, Canada has a bronze medal and is in 9th place.  Japan, on the other hand, has one gold and four bronze medals, which is good enough to be tied for first, along with the United States and China.

I really don’t know who is good, or which sports Canada is expected to do well in. This is one of the first times I haven’t paid any attention to the athletes. So, I’m going into these Olympics with no expectations at all. Maybe that’s for the best. It was nice to see Canada win the bronze tonight in women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. And the team had two sixteen-year-olds! Very impressive.

Are you watching the Olympics? Which sports are you interested in watching?

Is It Easy to Restart Sports After Many Years?

The last time I rode a bicycle was in 2005. The last time I went swimming was in 1996. The last time I went skating was in 2011. The last time I went skiing was in 1993.

This week, I’m going swimming for the first time in twenty years. In 2010, I went skating for the first time in 17 years. I’m going to go skating later this year. But is it easy to get back into it?

When I went skating in 2010, I used rental skates in Japan, and I had a bit of a difficult time at first. My ankles weren’t as strong as they used to be. That or I was heavier than I used to be. Well, I skated for a couple hours, finding that I was getting back into it fairly easily, other than the muscle strain. A year later, I went skating again, and it was much easier. I wonder how it’ll be later this year when I teach my daughter to skate.

But this week, the pool at the local recreation centre is finally reopening after some construction/repairs. It’s been twenty years since I’ve gone swimming. I wonder how well I’ll do. When I swam, I was more interested in just having fun. But this time, I want to swim laps, as well as have fun. Thankfully, the pools are open for public swimming many hours every day of the week. I’m looking forward to it.

Have you returned to a sport after many years? How well did you do? Let me know in the comments below.

Exercise to Begin

When I lived in Japan, I did a lot of walking. I’d walk around fifteen kilometres at a time. From where we lived, there was a large variety of landscapes to explore. But here in Edmonton, it’s all city. Not much is different, though the neighbourhoods all have their own character. However, walking isn’t all the exercise I want to do.

Yesterday, we signed up for a membership at the local recreation centre. It has two swimming pools, a gym, fitness centre, two skating rinks, an indoor playground for kids, and a public library. The pool has been closed for a while, but is reopening on May 30th. That means I’m going swimming for the first time in years. And since we have an all facility pass, we can use anything we like in the rec centre. I’ll be swimming a lot. I’ll also use the fitness centre from time to time. But once I can buy some skates, as well as get my daughter a pair, I want to go skating often. My daughter is going to learn how to swim and skate this year. I’m going to get back into doing both.

What kind of exercise do you like to do?

Getting Excited About the Move

A couple days ago, I posted about how I was feeling strange, even surreal. I made a video about it! Watch it below. It’s a couple days old, but I just uploaded it last night.

The excited part is where my daughter comes in. She’s really reluctant to stop wearing diapers, so we’ve been trying to encourage her to wear regular underwear. But this morning, she refused. We told her that if she wants to go swimming, she needs to stop wearing diapers. She still refused. We had to show her pictures of the World Waterpark in West Edmonton Mall to convince her that she really wants to go swimming. She’s excited. She really wants to go to West Edmonton Mall now. There’s the waterpark, Galaxyland amusement park, and Marine Life aquarium that she’s interested in.

Hopefully, she’ll have extra motivation now to stop using diapers and use the toilet when she needs to.