Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Chlorine: it's what's for dinner!

Monday night was my first of 7 Triathlon training swim classes, I am SO lucky to have found this! It is through my gym where I work, so it was even at a discount. I paid 28 dollars for 7 lessons and there would have been 9 but I registered late! Still, what a DEAL and a blessing!

I have goggles and a suit (it's a pinch too big, it bags in 2 places!) But didn't have a cap and I want to get used to swimming in what I am going to wear for my race, so I picked up a pretty SWEET, pink and blue Speedo cap with Stars on it!

Here is my contemplative swim cap shot. 
To swim or not to swim, yada, yada, yada...

I was terribly nervous before my swim class. I posted my nervousness on FB even! It was worse than a date or an interview! 

I felt like hiding under the covers and just skipping out. That to me says one thing:  FEAR. 

What am I afraid of when it comes to swimming? 
  • My face in the water: I don't like the feeling of it
  • Swallowing water or up my nose: happens ALL the time
  • Not being able to breath: I hold my breath or breathe rapidly because of this and it causes me to....swallow water. 
  • Sinking or NOT being able to touch the bottom. I don't like not feeling solid ground under me 

A number of these fears became CLEAR tonight in the water. I hold my breath then try to breathe and choke, I see the bottom of the pool and think about being in murky lake waters and panic. EVEN with goggles on, I close my eyes tight when my face is in the water, I dislike. it. that. much.  Sigh. 
Well, I was messing around with my camera before the lesson and snapped this.  

The tattoo says: 
Isaiah 43 which reads: 

Listen to the Lord who created you.
      O Israel, the one who formed you says,
   “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
      I have called you by name; you are mine.
  When you go through deep waters,
      I will be with you.
   When you go through rivers of difficulty,
      you will not drown.

   When you walk through the fire of oppression,
      you will not be burned up;
      the flames will not consume you.
 For I am the L
ord, your God,
      the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

I repeated that over to myself and began to relax.  It's there on my leg, always reminding me that he has called me by name, he is with me. I may, will, and have gone through difficult waters, but I will not drown. 

To begin, the instructor had me do one lap of the front crawl and then had me focus on one drill tonight: 

To promote good body roll and head alignment This looks like regular freestyle in very slow-motion. ( you add breathing in after a while, by rolling your head so you are facing the floor of the pool while still on your side.)

  • One arm is extended forward, pointing toward your destination (front hand).
  • The other is backwards, pointing toward where you just left (back hand), with the arm resting against the edge of your body.
  • You should be on your side, with the back hand side of your body up, the front hand side of your body down (toward the bottom of the pool).
  • Your ear should be against your front hand shoulder, chin in line with your chest, eyes sideways (or even up a bit), mouth out of the water (so you can breath).

The instructor said I was better than I made myself sound, which is a GOOD thing! I guess I really was down on myself, so that is something I have to watch! 7 weeks of lessons and swimming 3 days a week will show improvement quicker than I can say "sweet baggy suit". 

ONE down, six to go. 

Have you overcome a fear, like fear of water? How did you do it? Do you use your faith to build yourself up?

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