It may surprise some of you that I grew up in Florida, yet I am not comfortable in the water. Don't get me wrong, I can "swim" but it's not the kind of swimming that real athletes do. When it comes to real swimming I start to freak.
But since swimming is such a major part of Navy basic training (duh), I figured I better conquer this fear. Quickly. Plus, what runner wouldn't want to have swimming in their back pocket as a cross training option? Something about low impact....
When we found a fitness/aquatic center that wasn't too far away, you better bet we switched our gym memberships. And after having multiple swimmers on twitter recommend I look into taking private swim lessons, I took the bait and signed up.
Enter, my new swim coach/teacher/lady-who-laughs-at-me-when-I-freak-out-about-OMG-3-feet-of-water!! Actually, she doesn't laugh at me, she's been great.
Though I've only had two lessons (shall I call them "coaching sessions" so I don't sound so helpless?), I'm feeling MUCH more confident in the water. We started in the "heated pool" which is just a nice way of saying "the pool that little kids and 80 year olds who just had hip replacements" swim in. It was great- the deepest part was never more than 4.5 feet.
Today I graduated to the "adult" pool. I'm not going to lie, I was freaking out for the first few minutes. But she gave me some great exercises and drills to calm myself down and relax. I wouldn't say I ever felt truly comfortable, but by the end of the lesson I was able to swim laps completely on my own without hyperventilating and sucking in water or flailing excessively. Success! (the depth was 6 feet, 4 inches by the way).
I was on Cloud 9 as I walked out of the gym... until I got into my car and it wouldn't start- I had a dead battery. Womp womp.
I've had Hal in my life for nearly 10 years and never once has he left me high and dry. Until this morning. But I guess that's more the fault of an old battery, not Hal. Luckily, the staff is AWESOME and came out to jump my car. I was able to drive straight to get the battery replace. And yes, I reeked of chlorine and looked like a hot mess.
Then this evening I headed out for my first road run since before the Croom 50k. Don't get me wrong, I'm coming to love running on trails, but sometimes I just want to crank out some fast miles on the pavement! I had a great run, with two of my six miles being under 9:00- wha wha?!
Are you a swimmer? Ever been coached?
How was your run/workout today?