Yesterday I got it into my head that I should start swimming. Trainer Friend said doing new activities that my body wasn’t used to would help me drop weight the fastest. I took this advice to heart and decided to try swimming because that is one thing that I have not been doing.
After I made this decision I went to the store and bought a pair of swimming goggles so that I would be able to swim, because obviously I can’t swim with contacts and no goggles. Having the goggles just made me feel more like a swimmer… even if it wasn’t true. Besides, the money I spent makes me feel more committed to the idea. If I spend money on something I will force myself to do it at least once, and buying goggles insured I would swim at least once.
As added insurance I told Lifeguard Buddy and Aquatics Dude that I was thinking about starting to swim. Actually I jokingly said, “I need to learn how to swim.” Since Aquatics Dude has known me for a while he knew I could swim so he shot that down, but honestly I do need to learn how to swim properly, or at least more efficiently. I know my strokes aren’t perfect and I could benefit from some training with someone who knows what they are doing. But still, this joke led to conversations where I committed to swimming at work one day. They all say I can and should do it, so I probably will.
But I wanted to start out swimming away from the watchful eye of people I have to see ever day. It is hard enough for me to get into a bathing suit in front of anyone, let alone people that only know me in my work clothes. So today I went to the YMCA closest to my house for a little lap swimming.
I admit: I was intimidated before I even got into the water. I don’t know the etiquette of lap swimming so I wasn’t sure where to go to wait for a lane when I got there and found they were all full. I sat on one side of the pool waiting for a lane and some older men sat on the other side waiting for a lane. I was the second one waiting and got a lane after the first guy.
While I was waiting the old guy swimming in the lane I was sitting in front of stopped and asked if I wanted to share the lane while he finished his last ten minutes. It was nice of him but I had to say no because I am not the best at swimming completely straight and I didn’t want to pop a nice old guy in the face. NOT the way to start out swimming.
The actual swimming part of the experience was pretty awesome. Swimming is hard work but it felt so wonderful and I enjoyed it while I was doing it. The only stroke I am decent at is the backstroke. I am okay with freestyle, but not really sure about the best way to breathe…. I ended up swallowing water a time or two. (If anyone has any expert advice on how to swim correctly, let me have it!)
I lost track of my laps after about 8, but I swam for around 25 minutes. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming! I swam basically until my arms were sore and I was super hungry because it was about an hour past my normal lunch time (boo waiting for lanes). Overall I think the first time swimming was pretty successful. I am probably going to start swimming a few times a week, slowly building up endurance so I can swim longer because I think I would enjoy that. :) Hurray swimming!