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More swimming stuff... [Jul. 10th, 2008|09:38 am]
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So, the great swimming experiment is a success. The biggest, most important thing is that I've learned to breathe while swimming the crawl stroke.

I don't swim very well yet, and I certainly don't have my swimming and my breathing timed so that I just naturally take a breath when I need one, without interrupting my stroke. But the important thing has happened: I have no worries or discomfort about taking a breath. A little frustration ("damn it, I could have done that more smoothly...") but no feeling of "do this right or you'll suck in water to the back of your throat!"

There was a time when I didn't want to do my swimming/breathing drills, because it was uncomfortable and uncomfortably difficult. That's past. If there was a pool where I could have my own lane for swimming laps, I'd almost be ready to start practicing doing that. (Without my own lane, well, forget it... I'm too slow and not yet at the "moves in a consistent direction" stage :-) )

I've also been doing other drills... elementary backstroke, underwater swimming, and one of my favorites, just lying on my back and kicking to propel myself (relatively slowly) through the water. It's relaxing, it helps develop comfort in the water, and it has to be decent exercise, given how much it tires my legs out :-).
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[User Picture]From: droops
2008-07-10 04:52 pm (UTC)
I haven't been swimming as much, but the water-walking has been excellent. It really is helping things out a lot. Sounds like you're doing very well!
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[User Picture]From: roseate1
2008-07-11 02:21 am (UTC)

Yay!

I love love love swimming. I'm always surprised by people who don't swim, but that's more because it's just always been part of my life, since before I could ride a bike, probably.

J doesn't swim, at all, and I've started teaching him. (I mean, living on a lake, ya' gotta know how to swim!)

I like alternating a sidestroke for a little variety when doing a lot of swimming. I find it works different muscle groups while still feeling like a bit of a rest from doing a straight crawl. I especially like the leg movements in the sidestroke.


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