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Interesting Incident At The Pool

Sunday, October 28, 2012

On Friday, I went to the pool for the first time since the trip with my trainer. My gym has three pools: an outdoor pool which goes up to 8 feet deep (I've never set foot in it), an indoor pool which goes up to 5 feet deep, and a kiddie pool next to it where swim lessons are held.

I was taking it easy and everything was going well until a group of about 8 kids got into the kiddie pool for their lessons. Being the last day of the session, the parents were allowed to sit in chairs on the four-foot-wide deck that separates the two pools. Being able to hear the kids splashing, talking and laughing made me a little tense and being able to see the parents at the edge of my lane made me extremely anxious. I stopped at the deeper end and was actually considering getting out of the water and walking around the far side of the pool to leave. I decided to do what I usually do while I'm in the deep end before I got out: I dip under the water a few times (holding my nose) and try to touch my knees to the bottom. As I was underwater, I realized that I didn't feel as tense since I couldn't see or hear the others.

I moved to the middle lane which was open and tried my backstroke laps again. As long as my ears were in the water so I couldn't hear anything and I could no longer see anyone on the pool edge, I was much more relaxed. I did fine as long as I was moving through the water. I'm starting to think my issue is more about being in a crowded area in the water rather than just being in the water itself. That could be a very important difference.
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BOBBYD31 10/28/2012 8:54PM

    good for you, them more comfortable you get in water the more comfortable you will get with the people around

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/28/2012 4:39PM

    hmm...THAT is very interesting...I'm very proud of you for facing the fears and being so darned brave! Enjoy your pool time.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/28/2012 12:48PM

    It sounds like you may have had a breakthrough, just knowing those things could help you work through it.
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KASHMIR 10/28/2012 10:59AM

    I know what a determined lady you can be, and I have complete faith you are going to work through this and have SO much fun on vacation!!!

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