As I mentioned in my last post, I had a mini-vacation earlier this week at my aunt’s house in southern California. I spent as much time as possible here:
While I never swam in any organized fashion, I was a total waterbaby as a child. I first learned to swim on a family vacation to Hawaii and fun fact: KENNY G was in the pool.
My parents say he was very nice.
For several years, we had a membership to a pool club in a ritzier neighboring town. When not making lanyards at choir camp (yes, that’s a thing and yes, I went every year), summer days were spent doing handstands and cannonballs. And eating Otter Pops.
I’ve been thinking for months about incorporating swimming into my fitness routine. I love being in the water and I know it’s a fantastic low-impact, full-body workout. One of my besties swims and I love hearing about her amazing workouts where she beats up the water like a sexy beast! I’ve been deterred by not having a proper suit, being intimidated by pool etiquette, and having no technique whatsoever.
In my typical fashion, I did some swimming research before heading down to InfinityPoolHeaven. I read some swimming workouts and watched a few videos. I quickly realized that none of that information would mean anything until I got into the pool.
I did several laps of different strokes with lots of breaks. Breaststroke: YAY! Backstroke: YAY! Freestyle: Not summuch…
I loved being in the water! Even though I don’t know what I’m doing, it feels surprisingly natural. And hard. I could immediately feel how challenging swimming could be. I’m officially on the hunt for a training suit that will fit my oddly long torso. Once I find one, I’m going to sign up for some swimming lessons. I’d rather learn decent form right off the bat so I don’t waste time and energy swimming inefficiently.
Yes, I might have some goals beyond the half marathon. 😀
Any swimmers out there? Bring on the tips!