Swimming Part 2

May 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

That’s it. It’s time to start back in on running, which means swimming is done until the water’s warm enough to get in the lake. Despite troubles on my first day, this swim-intensive has resulted in quite a few breakthroughs including this odd sense that swimming might be a little bit fun. Whahaaaa?

Since I was such a baby about it at first, and since I’m trying harder to “reflect” on my accomplishments even though they sometimes seem small in retrospect, I’ve decided to leave you with a few parting thoughts on swimming.

  • It really is better to wear a swim cap.
  • Swim caps will always be squeaky, make your eyebrows look surprised, and pull your hair when you put them on. If you practice, they will get less squeaky and pull less of your hair but you will still look surprised. All of this is worth it.
  • The first thing you should do when you get in the pool is a few bobs. This makes swimming seem more like a game.
  • If you open your mouth wider under water, more air will come out in the form of bubbles. This leaves less to do (only inhale instead of exhale/inhale) when you turn your head to the side.
  • Turning your head to the left is as easy as turning it to the right. Don’t spend any time wondering about how hard it is to turn to one side or the other!
  • You will never be sure which lap you’re on.
  • It is possible to swim an entire session without kicking, but it is not advised.
  • You know you are having a good swim day when the bottom of the pool looks “neat,” especially the bottom of the deep end.
  • Your goggles don’t need to be that tight. You will give yourself a black eye.

See? Basically I’m a swimming expert now.

I’ll let you know how it goes in the lake.

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