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My first swim lesson

Friday, February 28, 2014

First thing: no nose plugs. I could see the benefit immediately. It's easier to get your breathing down if you can exhale through your nose. The down side: Wow, it's weird when you're not used to it. Kathy, the swim coach, pointed out that I stopped "sniffing" about half way through the lesson. But man, did my sinuses hurt afterwards. They're really clean now, though.

Kathy was very complimentary. She said it's clear that I can swim: what I couldn't do it breathe. I'm glad to hear that. What it tells me is that if I keep working on this one, basic thing, I'm good to go. Kathy said that once I get comfortable with the breathing and that part of it becomes automatic, I'm going to get very good very fast. She said my form looks pretty good for someone who's never taken a swim lesson.

Kathy told me she doesn't think I need to buy a package of lessons. (I can pay for them one at a time, or I can buy a package of 6, 12, or 18 and save some money.) She recommended I get back in touch with her if I need more assistance, but she thinks I can get the basics down on my own.

She also said I'm "a natural athlete." No one has ever told me that before. I don't care if it was just good customer service, I'm keeping that close to my heart. I'm going to believe her. I am a natural athlete!

Okay, enough with the love fest: I ended feeling a little nauseous because of the amount of water I swallowed via my nose. And I felt really hungry, despite the fact I didn't work that hard. I stopped at Taco Bell (my one fast-food indulgence) and bought a fresco bean burrito with guacamole. 400 calories, and worth every one of those calories. And I'm proud of myself for only buying one. My head hurts a little bit from the chlorine in the water that made its way through my sinuses.

I'm not sure when I'll be able to get in the pool next. I'm looking forward to it!
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  • v MISSG180
    No nose plugs, huh?


    I swam today, and when I got done I was thinking about getting nose plugs because I have been sneezing so much from the amount of water and chlorine that went up my nose.

    Sounds like you are getting great instruction, though!
    877 days ago
  • v APONI_KB

    I really like swimming.
    879 days ago
    Woohooo! Congratulations on being a natural athlete!

    And yes, I can see where you'd advance quickly, once you get that breathing thing down. Fearless, you are. Unstoppable!

    879 days ago
  • v JOYCRN
    I am glad that you found a swim instructor as nice as mine! I have learned that there is always something to tweak to get faster.
    880 days ago
    Great job, you Natural Athlete, you! emoticon
    880 days ago
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