I felt a little better about going to my second swimming lesson last week. I mean I wasn’t quite so anxious about it this time. Plus, how can you be nervous when you have someone putting their arm pits in your face? Boys!
I had on my new swim cap and my $20 swim suit had been altered by my neighbor to fit me perfectly in all the right places so, I felt pretty good and confident. I was not only worried about being in the water on the first lesson, but I was also worried about flashing the people. 🙂 Every time I came up out of the water (it was only 3 1/2 feet deep) I had to pull the top of my swim suit up and check to make sure that everything was still inside. SMH This time it was no worries about the frivolous, just enjoying the swimming lesson.
My instructor started off slow and had me practice putting my face in the water while blowing bubbles and kicking. This time I did a better job, but it does not seem like I can hold my breath that long. She was telling me to stay under water and blow bubbles to the count of 10. Shoot, I could only make it to about 5, sometimes 3. Is that the count for people my age or young kids because I don’t have the much air left after working all day. I was in the water sweating, legs and arms burning from the workout, and breathing all hard. Now she didn’t plan for breaks, but I took my own (anybody who knows me knows that I will stop and take a break). LOL
What I have learned about myself is that I can be pretty dedicated if I set my mind to doing something. If I’m paying my good money I will be doing my best to get the most out of the opportunity (this does not always apply to boot camp, but I will have tell you about that later). So, when my instructor asked me to try something I was all over it. I practiced floating some more and was finally able to relax. Last week, I did not like the water going into my ears while floating, but this week thanks to my new Dreadscapes swim cap, my ears were covered which really helped me. Who was floating and kicking in the water unassisted? Your girl was all in! I did that… until I got nervous. LOL!
Michelle (my swimming instructor) had me use these floaters that looked like a bar with weights on the ends to practice traveling up and down the pool. Of course we had to build on that skill by adding in the arm movements (swimming strokes). I started off holding the bar with both hands then had to let go of one hand to make the full range of motion under water and back over to grab the bar and let go of the other hand. It sounds complicated and it felt just as complicated. You know I got tired of doing that and got to the end of the pool and decided that it was the perfect time for Tony take some pictures of me and this experience.
I can’t wait for lesson #3. I wonder how many lessons I will actually need. I don’t need to learn everything about swimming, just the basics. I hope she doesn’t say I need fifteen lessons. Oh well, I guess I’ll just go until ….
If you don’t know how to swim, you should definitely try it. It is not that bad (your fear is a lot worse) and it is the best exercise.
I hope you have enjoyed my adventures in learning to swim the 2nd Edition!
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