Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Swimming



You know how they say you never forget how to swim no matter how long you haven’t been swimming. It is not true. You forget quite a lot of stuff. The good news though is that if you make the effort and have confidence, it comes back to you. Better news is that you get better at it than you were before. A bit of background will help here. I learned swimming eight years ago and swam continuously for 4 months. I only spent 5 days listening to my teacher (who was great by the way!) and practicing the breathing technique and hand and leg movements and then, that is all I did those 4 months.



Sunday, however, was different. I first got into the pool on Friday and mostly just walked around and swam with my head up all the time. I woke up Saturday with pain my shoulders but went anyway and tried and it was better. Sunday, I counted that it took me 11 breaths to reach from one end of the pool to the other and I decided that I would try doing it in 8. I managed to do it in 9. The first trip I made from start to end, I just swam the way I always did except, I pushed the water back much slower that I did before. Doing that I realized that by displacing the water back my body automatically propelled forward and out of the water to enable me to breath much easier than before.  //Stops to wonder what I was even doing before! So, on my trip back, I paid more attention to the propelling forward in water and RISING up for air as I displace the water in front of me and let me tell you, if you didn’t know it already, breast stroke swimming is Fun!