Okay, I know. I’m a drama queen. I swear I’m usually not, but last week, when I thought my chance at getting
good decent at swimming before Rocketchix was shot, I had a total “moment”.
But, at the very last minute, I got a call from Woman’s Fitness Center saying they were starting a new class today!! Swim training is officially back ON! The new swim course will be 4 weeks instead of 8 weeks and everyone at the gym said that the swim coach, Anne Shawhan, ain’t no joke. I was a little nervous about it, but I decided to press on anyway!
My classes will be on Mondays and Thursdays, from 5:30AM to 7:00AM. I’ll have to alter my work schedule a little to make it happen, but I’ve been given the green light by my boss! Woot!
(This is me at 5:30AM. Be kind. I know I look like terrible, but whatevs. I was excited to get my swim on!)
I fully intended on being the worst and slowest swimmer in the class, but I was surprised to learn that I was a little bit (and I mean a VERY little bit) better than I expected! And if nothing else, I wasn’t so discouraged that I didn’t want to do it again. This is a really big hurdle to conquer for me. I don’t like continuing to do things that I feel I’m not good at, but I know this is something I have to learn to do well at Rocketchix.
Today we learned the very basics about kicking, rotating the body side to side during the freestyle, and breathing. The first half of the class was mostly assessing our skill level and what each of us needed to work on. I know I need to work on everything, so I just have to remember to be patient with myself. I didn’t train for a marathon overnight, and I won’t learn to swim in one day either.
We don’t meet again until Thursday, but I plan on going to swim again at some point before then to work on my kicking with the kickboard. Coach Anne said some of us (me) were still kicking like a runner/cyclist (at the knee with a flexed foot) instead of like a swimmer (at the hip then the knee with a pointed foot), so I really want to work on that and improve. I’d also like to work more on my breathing. I need A LOT of help in that area. I just need to trust that I’m not going to drown and to remember not to hold my breath until I feel like I’m about to die.
So, lots to work on, and LOTS to remember…but I’m still motivated! I’m determined to be patient with myself and learn all that Coach Anne has to teach me!