Peggy Cumming, is a wife, mother, grandmother of 6, sister, niece, cousin and friend, as well as a teacher - retired after 34 years in the classroom - and an athlete. She is now recovering from thoracic surgery and undergoing chemotherapy.
For years, I have proudly worn my swim club team T-shirt. The slogan on the front reads:
You don’t stop swimming because you get old,
You get old because you stop swimming!
In early January, as I was pulling into the parking lot for swim practice, the radio announcer said, “For your morning commute, the time is 6:15, and the temperature is -27.”
I wasn’t alone in the pool that morning – there were 15 of us, and another twenty at the later practice. As usual, we moaned to our coach about a kick-set that is too long, and groaned about too many 100 IMs. But the brief bantering is part of the culture, part of the fun, and the coach takes it with a smile. Four mornings a week, for 22 years, I have been going to the National Capital Region Y Masters Swim Practice to start my day. Some of the swimmers who founded the club 34 years ago are still swimming; others devotees have joined more recently. One is an octogenarian. ...continue reading