March 28th, 2018

spock: logic is sexy

Keep Swimming

I started my second eight-week swimming course tonight, and they put me in the advanced class this time. Eek! I mean, I was getting frustrated in the beginner's class last time, but I thought I might go in the intermediate group? I am in over my head. Literally. We are practicing in the deep end of the pool.

The thing I like about swimming is that I am good at figuring it out. I've never felt like I was good at anything physical before -- and objectively, I'm still not a good swimmer, but I am good at figuring out what I'm doing wrong and how to improve. Tonight I wasn't getting my left arm to rotate correctly, so I started practicing with only that arm. Then I made up a drill where I passed a kick board back and forth between my hands, and by the end of the night I was using both my arms much better. Usually, when I try physical things I can't improve like that.

Anyway, it's fortunate that I took swimming lessons before the big Panama snorkeling trip (which I will make a separate post about this weekend). It was not drifting lazily around near a boat. It was stuff like, "jump out of the boat here, then swim between these two islands and come around the rocks. The boat will pick you up on the other side. PS the current is really strong." I would have been in real trouble without the lessons, but I made it! Sometimes I was even ahead of the rest of the group!