That being said, I feel like I need to start this up again, just to tell people where I am. My blog - just like my fitness and activities - needs a reboot.
So, for the first time in many, many, MANY years (like 35 years ago - wow, do I ever sound old!!), I went swimming. In a lap pool. Real laps.
Keith and Michelle had been
So...on an early Saturday morning last Easter weekend, we met at Talisman to swim.
To be more accurate, they were there to swim, and I was there to see if I was comfortable in the water, remembered any kind of swimming, and then try out my ability to do laps.
It took me close to an hour to even feel comfortable being in the water...or rather, putting any part of my head in the water. I bobbed around and splashed and kicked and tried doggy paddling down the lane. Michelle was very kind to give me lots of tips, knowing how nervous I might be, as she was once the first time she swam. I wouldn't admit it to her then, but I was fearful...not necessarily of the water, since I knew I could put my head in the water and float and even front crawl (if I didn't have to breathe). I was really just fearful that after all these years, I would super hate the pool or hate doing anything like swimming, other than splashing around with my kid when she was a toddler. In the kiddie pool.
However, Michelle was very kind to help me through the change rooms at Talisman, as it was my first time there. She offered a safe spot for my glasses, as I was concerned somehow losing them at the pool. Then reminding me how to breathe and kick my feet and move my hands and arms, how to tread water. She shared a lot of her experience of her first time swimming. All these helped me slowly gain reassurance and confidence at the pool, even before getting into the water.
By the time the first hour had passed, I felt comfortable enough in the water to do a backfloat, which involved immersing my ears in the water. It was weird at first, so I almost didn't like it but I had to give myself a shake and a reality check, to come to the realization that in fact I did NOT hate having my ears in the water. After a little while, it felt ok and then I began to kick with my legs. As gained more confidence still once I started moving and before I knew it, I was fluttering my hands by my sides and moving a little faster.
Keith also helped me a lot with some times, giving me feedback on what I was doing right and tips to help me do better. He is a very encouraging guy and if he would be coach, I'd totally go with him! He told me that I started at about the same level as Michelle when she started, which surprised me greatly, as she is doing such a great job and swimming so fast after just a few months of swimming! He gave me some tips as well and even went so far as to suggest how to move my arms more on my backfloat/swim/crawl/etc. so I could cover more distance. It was fantastic!
Between giving myself time to immerse myself in the water, encouragement from Keith and sharing and tips from Michelle, I found myself enjoying the water again, and being amazed at the progress - skill-wise, distance-wise and especially confidence-wise - in my swimming. Turns out I could put my ears in the water, face in the water, and even open my eyes in the water. The challenge? Breathing under water. Trivial but lots for me to learn about it!
Where to go from here? Well, I am a long way from doing a triathlon...if I ever do one. But now I feel like I could eventually achieve more than I ever did in my entire life. I feel like proper swimming does not in fact suck. And that I really super like swimming on my back right now. I still have to take the time to get used to putting my face in the water and learning to breathe between strokes; important skills if I'm going to do a front crawl one of these days.
I would love to join Keith and Michelle whenever they swim but they have their own training and swimming to do, while I feel that I am still exploring the swim. I have ability to commit to swim times, between work and my kid's schedules and running and some biking thrown in there too. However, I'm hoping that there is an opportunity for at least the next 6 weeks to swim laps with hubby. Plus my kid tells me that she "will teach me to swim!"
I hope that I will be able to front crawl 25 m by the time she is able to. And that time is very close, since she is already starting to front crawl about 10 m. We'll see about that.