Tonight was swim practice. I found 2nd gear – a training pace. It’s a little faster, a little stronger and makes me a little tired. It felt pretty good. I also completed a few flip turns against the wall with Sam’s assistance. That felt really good.
Swimming is an activity I have always enjoyed but I was raised to be afraid of the water because my mother almost drowned when she was young. That seems a bit counter intuitive. It seems like she would have encouraged us to learn how to swim but that was not the case. I did learn to swim but I didn’t feel like I was very good at swimming and the fear was always in the back of my mind. So getting in the pool was really not something that I thought about wanting to do. One night around mid to late August Sam and I were in the training room and one of the other trainers was in the pool with a client. He looked at me and said, “we are going in the pool sometime in the next few weeks.” I said, “I don’t think I have a swimsuit. I’ll have to look.” And I thought, “nope, not doing that.” I knew exactly where my swimsuit was but I didn’t think it fit at the time. I went home, got it out and tried it on. It sort of fit ok. But I put off telling Sam. He gave me a little space to get used to the idea of going in the pool before we had our first session at the beginning of September. The first couple of times were sessions that helped my knees because there were still pretty painful. We were sharing the pool with the water aerobics classes so we didn’t really have a lot of space. I think it was the second time that I asked for advice on my freestyle and after Sam was really sure I wanted advice, he started tweaking my stroke. That was really all it took. Swimming became part of my routine of workouts. Sam gave me workouts to do on my own and we scheduled sessions in the pool as part of training.
This week I found an entry in my journal from early in September where I wrote about my frustration with not being able to swim 25 yards without stopping. We are still building but I am swimming better and feel better in the water. I feel stronger when I am swimming. Most important though, it’s fun.