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
    good for you, them more comfortable you get in water the more comfortable you will get with the people around
    2363 days ago
    hmm...THAT is very interesting...I'm very proud of you for facing the fears and being so darned brave! Enjoy your pool time.
    2364 days ago
    It sounds like you may have had a breakthrough, just knowing those things could help you work through it.
    2364 days ago
    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!!!
    2364 days ago
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