Friday, March 29, 2013
Yesterday I had an incredible accomplishment - I did my swim-ish in the "big" pool which is 8 feet deep! I planned to do my swim-ish in the inside "small" pool (only 5' deep at the deepest) like I normally do and some of the ladies I know were talking about how cold the small pool was and how warm it was in the big pool. The big pool is outside covered by a huge canvas tent and the heat was set very warm. Margaret, who is a friend from aqua class, talked me into trying to do my swim-ish outside (she promised she wouldn't let me drown!). I'm not sure why I agreed but I did.
I went out and had to take a center lane (next to Margaret) since the outside lanes were all being used. I got in and realized I couldn't touch bottom even in the shallow end. I took a deep breath and started off using my floaty board and kicking my legs. I made it to the deep end without incident. Hmmm... I made my way back to the shallow-er end. So far so good. Ok...back float with a kick...down and back. Ok...put on the swim snorkel since i haven't figured out how to do the breathing part of swimming yet. I can only do a front float with a kick but it moves me through the water - eventually, I'll figure out what to do with my arms. Down and back (wow, it's really deep in the 8 foot end!). Ok...back float with a kick again. Good.
Every time I got back to the shallow-er end, I realized Margaret was watching me (Thanks!!!). I was feeling pretty good and wasn't showing any signs of a panic attack and I had not broken out in hives. She was so proud of me and I could NOT stop grinning. I then set off with the swim snorkel on again. Down...back...down...back...I ended up doing a total of 20 lengths of the pool without having to stop to calm myself down. This has never happened before. I was SO excited. I stayed in the big pool doing my version of swimming (which is why I call it swim-ish) for 35 minutes. I was so happy when I was done that I called my hubby to invite him out to lunch to celebrate with me.
Not sure where I go from here but I know that I will be back in the "big" pool before too long!