Seems I have “tri”ed to tackle a lot this week. New bike, a stupid amount of stair climbing and swimming in public. My body isn’t sure what it wants to do with me.
Let me tell ya about my bold underwater attempt. After Elena the Ironman waxed me with stairs I needed something exercise that was low leg impact. My gym has a beautiful Olympic-tested facility, but I have a private pool for a reason, such as it keeps me from looking like a schmuck in public or wondering if I’m gonna lose a boob or butt cheek. Yesterday morning, I somehow mustered up the courage to hop in the pool at the gym. (I swear I thought I’d back out). I was SO nervous, I seriously felt like everyone was wondering wth was with my swimming technique. My version of freestyle I guess could be confused with sinking. I begged my pal Megan (remember our triathlete?!) to give me some
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Me: Picture me sinking.
Meg: Relax, this may be hard if you are new in the water. The best swimmers swim long, strong and smooth. Try to slow down your movements and feel the pull of the water. Strength is your friend, flailing your limbs only sucks the energy out of you.
Me: I can’t BREATHE when I am focused on trying to stay afloat, woman.
Meg: Make good habits early on. Work on streamlining off your walls and holding a steady breathing pattern. These two things will save you time and energy down the line – it’s much easier to start swimming the right way, than work on breaking bad habits later down the road.
Me: Paddle, as a in a weapon? (I Googled, they look like fins for your hands)
Meg: Invest in paddles, not only will they help you be stronger in the water and really focus on pulling through and finishing your stroke – but they are great for stroke technique if used properly – if nothing else these bad boys will give you beautifully sculpted shoulders
Me: I like the pool, I get a nice tan! Wait, no time for tanning?
Meg: Go to the pool with a plan. Swimming can get boring if you think of it as just swimming back and forth non-stop. Write yourself out a workout, put it in a little plastic bag and paste that sucker at the end of your lane. Break down your workout into 25s, 50s, etc. Mix it up and make it interesting.
Me: Supposedly I’ll get better.
Meg: Like with running or any other sport set goals. Let’s face it anyone who is into running, swimming, triathlons most likely will have a competitive edge. After a few days in the water, time yourself swimming 1 lap (25 yards/meters). Then once a week end your workout with 1 lap “all out” for time. It’s fun to watch your progress and this will help you stay motivated.
I know, I know, patience. I am trying, that’s step 1. Mikey’s words o’ wisdom, “Don’t drink any carbonated beverages. Gives you MAD gas in the pool.” He actually swam in HS. But this completely describes how I felt about my goggles yesterday, until Meghan told me they were too tight and not right on my head:
And in closing for the weekend kids, we are headed somewhere. I know of 3 destinations, and I guess the 4th could be right here in Atlanta. Never know how this travel stuff goes.
Anybody out there a land lover fearful of water? I’ll take any words of encouragement, advice, or maybe bottles of wine.
Have a loverly weekend kids!