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.