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1/13/15 12:30 P

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Hi Elona, glad to see you on board. I am interested in hearing about chi swimming. I learned to swim in 2011 and I still feel like I'm malleable to new ideas.

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1/13/15 9:36 A

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Hi and thanks for the warm welcome!

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My name is Elona. I live in the Philippines (GMT +8). Miami, Florida (Part time EST)
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1/13/15 8:41 A

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emoticon Elona! I had seen you a few times before; glad you're getting active!

Your grandson sounds great! He has lots of reasons to be proud of himself! Good job Grandma! emoticon

I hope you'll stop by the daily chat thread more often and let us know what's going on with you. We have so many great people there, no matter what's happening in your life, you'll find support there.

Glad you're joining the 100 mile challenge too. Most of us post at the end of each month, but feel free to post as often as you want to. We try to do monthly challenges too, focusing on different things. January is about re-establishing good habits. Hopefully you'll find one that you like!

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1/13/15 8:00 A

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Hi all!

My name is Elona and I've been a member of this forum for months, but haven't been actively swimming. This is changing as I just joined the 100 mile challenge today! Yay!

I am a retired Pediatric RN of 30 years. I loved it, but it was a time for a career change due to some health issues. I learned to swim as a child at summer camp. This has been the only kind of exercise that has kept my interest through the years.

I have been a Red Cross WSI children's swim instructor .specializing in Autism and some other disabilities, for the past three years. I just love it! This March I'm going to be taking the Red Cross Life Guard certification course. I will be switching off from life guard to swim instructor and visa versa at a community center this coming spring/summer. I have always loved swimming, but didn't take it up seriously until approx 5 years ago. Still, I haven't been consistent in my schedule though. I just joined the 100 mile challenge on this forum so I'm counting on it motivating me to be way more regular. than I have been. It's just the perfect type of motivation for me. I have asthma so I'll have to start out a little slower than I'd like, but I expect within a month I should be at maximum level in terms of lung capacity. My biggest problem is breath control and I have a hard time with stamina. I'm certain this will improve the with more practice. I intend to swim 3 to 4 times weekly. I just enrolled in a Masters technique refresher class on Saturdays. I'm really looking forward to refining my free style and butterfly technique. My breast stroke and back stroke are good. I practice a swim method called Chi Swim .If anyone is interested in finding out more about it just ask. It is a very efficient method of swimming . It's especially used for long distance swim, most often in ocean swimming. Long distance swimming is my favorite swim and my forte. I'm definitely not a sprinter. Lol.

I taught, my now 12 year old grandson, to swim when he was three. He has very high functioning Autism and a very very mild form of Hypotonia (nerve impulses delay with muscle contraction). It hasn't hampered his swim ability much though. He is on the swim team and qualified for the Junior Olympics in March! I am such a proud grandma. His dream is to compete in the 2020 Olympics. His practice schedule is rigorous. He swims two hours a day/6 days a week and does land exercises. He runs two miles three times a week. I take him to practice regularly which gives me the chance to either teach or swim myself. Since lately the weather has been a little cold, my teaching is on hold till March. This means I have more time to devote to my personal swimming. After march I'll have to revamp my schedule to incorporate personal swimming.

I am very pleased to be here!

Thanks for reading my intro!

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My name is Elona. I live in the Philippines (GMT +8). Miami, Florida (Part time EST)
Love life! Never, never give up! Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never give in nothing, great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense-Winston Churchill. When you have a lemon, make lemonade! NEVER GIVE UP!!!


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