Friday, February 11, 2011
For the past few weeks, I've just been shocked every time I get a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Can this really be me? I'm thinner & more muscular. I walk by a mirror and have to go back and take a second look... is this really ME!?! I accidentally touch my shoulders or arms or legs...and can't believe the muscles I'm feeling are MINE!
I also made a big leap in swimming today. I only started lessons 4 weeks ago (though I was swimming some this summer). Today was my 7th swim. On my first swim, it was hard to go 50 yards without stopping. On the second swim, I made it 100 yards. In our lessons we worked up to a 150 and then a 200. In lessons we went from 600 yards to 750 yards by our 3rd lesson.
Last weekend, I went swimming with my daughter and swam for an entire hour. (My lesson is only 30 minutes.) I swam 1150 yards!!! And, I swam my first EVER 200 yards without stopping! I switched back & forth between various strokes to keep me going.
Today, while my daughter was at a playdate, I went swimming. I swam for 42 minutes and made it 1000 yards!!! Not only that, but I bumped it up and did a 300 yard swim... TWICE! I even timed myself and was able to do the 300 yards in 9 minutes. That means I should be able to do the 500 meters of my sprint triathlon in less than 18 minutes. WOW!!!
But, even bigger than being able to swim 300 yards was that I did it all in freestyle (except flipping onto my back to catch my breath twice) AND that I felt like I could keep swimming! I figured out how to swim and keep it comfortable! I think it is both from an improvement in technique and an improvement in stamina.
What about you? Are you seeing transformations? I'm loving re-discovering myself in new ways every week, and I love it! I hope you are, too!