Major Realization In The Pool
Thursday, September 11, 2014
My hubby recently told me that he's concerned about me snorkeling on our upcoming vacation. I now enjoy snorkeling and the depth of the water doesn't seem to bother me much. I tend to panic more if there are a lot of people around but if I were the only person in the ocean, I think I'd be fine. I understand my hubby's concern because if I do panic, I could drown so I've been working on spending more time in the big (deep) pool trying to get more comfortable.
Last week it occurred to me that, as a runner, I am a mouth-breather so maybe that is also the case in the water. I feel panic as soon as I try to exhale underwater through my nose so I put on a nose clip and did my exhales through my mouth. It seemed to be better so I started down my lane holding onto a kick board for support. After a few laps, I tried a very ugly stroke while keeping one hand on the kick board at all times. The man swimming in the lane next to me didn't stop to try to rescue me so I guess I didn't look as awkward as I felt.
This week, I warmed up and worked my way up to trying to let go of the board before I reached the end of my lane. Each time, I went a little farther without the board. I even did a few laps with no board at all. It felt like "head to the side for inhale, head in and start exhaling through mouth, flail, flail, flail, head to the other side for inhale, head in and start exhaling through mouth, flail, flail, flail, ..."
I was exhausted after only a few laps because of the stress but I was ridiculously proud of myself. I think I'll keep this up for a few weeks to get more comfortable and less panicky and then consider finding a swim instructor to help me work on technique.