It has been a couple of weeks since I posted about my swimming lessons. Well, my fourth swim lesson was cancelled because the instructor was sick and I cannot say that I was sad about it. I actually said, “YES!” The lesson is not that bad, but I was extremely tired and didn’t want to go, even though I would have if she was feeling well. So thankful for being able to miss and it not be my fault.
When I went the last week for my lesson, I noticed that I was a little more apprehensive. It was like I had forgotten what I had been taught. Of course it didn’t last long because I immediately had to swim with the floaty. I still get tired just going one way in the pool and have to catch my breath at the end before I go back.
It seems like I was doing better with pushing off the wall. And on this lesson, I kept on trying to breathe under water. My instructor told me that I was also holding my head up too high which caused the water to go up my nose. Now I know that I was not doing that two weeks ago. The good thing is that I did not cause a scene by coughing, choking, or gasping for breath…this time! 🙂
Since I can’t hold my breath long, I had to practice dunking my head underwater and holding my breath. I managed to stay under water for a 10 count. That was easy because I was in one place and didn’t have to move. It’s when I have to incorporate kicking, blowing bubbles, and keeping from drowning, that I have the problem. I am supposed to practice holding my breath. Michelle said that it will help my lung capacity. We’ll see.
Eventually, I loosened up a bit and was able to perform a little bit better. The good thing is that I am determined and I plan on being able to swim by the summer!
Lesson learned from my swimming lesson: You must practice a skill to get better. Taking off just one day or one week will set you back. And, you will have to play catch up. Although I appreciated being off that Tuesday, I really needed to be at my swimming lesson. This lesson applies to most things in life, not just swimming lessons. Just saying!