It has been a while since I posted about my swim lessons. Yes, I’m still swimming…well, kinda! I can say that I am learning and that I am a lot farther along than I expected. That’s the good news. The bad news is that I am getting tired of going. It is just too much and it’s expensive! I did not have a certain amount of lessons in mind that I would take or for how long I would take them, I just go on Tuesdays. I am normally very flexible and just thought I would go as long as I wanted. Well, I don’t want to go anymore and I think it is time to STOP!
Now, for my last two lessons. I am definitely making progress. I am a beast with a floaty, even though I still struggle with holding my breath for a long period of time. It is all good when I hold my breath with my head under water and blow bubbles only. The problem comes in when I have to swim across the pool with the blue floaty and use my arms to complete three strokes while blowing bubbles and then take a breath. It may not sound so bad or seem so hard until you reach the middle of the pool. By that time, I am exhausted and my heart is racing! I will stop in the middle of the pool to catch my breath (I don’t think that I’m supposed to do that though). 🙂 I count that as I’m still swimming…well kinda!
A big thing for swimming is holding your breath. Well, I have not been a very good student because I have not been completing my home work—holding my breath throughout the day. Oh well, I don’t seem to remember until we are on our way to the lesson. Again, I can hold my breath when I’m still, it’s when I’m active that there is a problem. Breathing hard from exertion is not a very good thing when swimming. SMH, again.
My last session consisted of pushing off the wall with my feet and actually swimming as far as I could go without taking a breath and without a floaty. Now this, is actually swimming in my book. I felt pretty good about this new skill. I only swallowed a little water. I am really getting good. LOL! My swim instructor decided to add rolling from my face in the water to rolling my head slowly out of the water to look at the ceiling thereby rolling my whole body to the floating position. What?! First of all, that was way too many steps. Second, what?! I tried it a few times, but it did not go well. I told Michelle (my swim instructor) that was too advanced for me. After swallowing a good amount of water, we decided it would be best to practice floating. Especially since the water was draining from my nose down the back of my throat (it sounds pretty bad when you think about it)!
I asked Michelle how many more lessons would I need and her response was way too many for my liking—like 10-15 more! No ma’am. I can tell you now, that my time is almost up. I may go one more time, but it definitely won’t be 3 or even 5 more times. So, I’m still swimming…well kinda! For now anyway. 🙂