Today I tried my hand at “real swimming” for the first time – I’ve decided to forever refer to it as my Maiden Voyage since lap swimming is a whole new thing for me. Here’s what I learned:
- I might be the youngest member at my YMCA (ok, except for Ryan…he’s 8 months younger than me)
- Front Crawl is HARD (this is what I’ll call “freestyle”)
- Breast stroke is slightly less hard
- I am a champion pretty good at the backstroke.
- Goggles are the bomb even though I feel like they are sucking my eyeballs out of my head
- Swim caps are insanely tight but may prevent my hair from turning into straw
- I need to invest in some earplugs (my ear STILL has water in it 12 hrs later!)
When freestylin’, I felt like I had just run up 30 flights of stairs – and I probably only traveled 25 yards. (ok, that’s admittedly an exaggeration). In between attempts at freestyle I would use the backstroke and breast stroke for an “active rest period”…eventual goal is MORE FREESTYLE, less everything else.
The weirdest part of lap swimming is that I was huffing & puffing and was exhausted but NOT SWEATING! I guess that’s one of the joys of swimming versus running, right? Just an odd sensation though.
I definitely have my work cut out for me but it’s fun to be embarking on a new adventure! And who knows – if I keep this up I just may end up with a body like Amanda Beard
. Not likely, but nothing wrong with setting a slightly unrealistic goal, right?
Tomorrow brings my first “Two-A-Day” with a trip on Red Beard in the morning followed by strength training after work. Whee!