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!