And, by the way, if anyone with a smaller head than I needs a pair of swim goggles, I have a spare :-)
*grin* You knew I was going to say something.
Well, kinda hoping :-).
Re: cardio, I didn't know that, but I did know that I have to learn a whole new set of signs for swimming. It just *feels* different. I think part of this might be that I don't swim well enough to notice that my body's getting oxygen starved. I'm *always* pretty slow.
Re: breathing - this is something that's driving me crazy. I've actually realized I'm hesitating trying a crawl stroke across the pool because breathing is such a pain in the butt.
But, just to clarify, what I meant was, "breathe out under water, but, make sure I have breath while clearing water to blow water away from my mouth&nose". I can't stand sucking in some water every time I take a breath (just my mouth, not my lungs... but it does tend to reduce how much air I take in as well). That, and that alone, is what makes swimming such a painful chore for me.
The videos helped... I'm starting to see some stuff I hadn't thought of, because I never actually watched slow swimming before. Thanks!
The technique issues are semi-frustrating, but that's also my goal... I'd like to be able to swim comfortably. No more flailing, no constant need to try to think of what I'm supposed to be doing, etc.. It's not great cardio, but then, as long as I'm raising my heart rate to a comfortably high level, and doing that several times during the workout, I'm going to call that good, until I can do swimming cardio, or until I can jog again.
PS: The videos *did* help. Curious: do you just turn your body, or your body and your head? I'm doing both, wanting my nose to point to the sky, to avoid water-sucking.)
I did a lot of drilling, and only a bit of swimming, but by the end, I could swim two lengths of the (pretty short) pool stroking and breathing properly.
I'm really enjoying the swimming (or water-walking) that I'm doing, it will really help in the long run!
Nod. I've also learned that walking in water where you can just keep your footing can teach a good bit about balance and power. Step too far, and you haven't got any power, step just right, and you can get some good exercise.
This is actually pretty sad, coming from someone who spend so much time in Gulf-coastal Florida, who used to SCUBA extensively, and pretty much lived in the water before moving to Colorado and becoming land-locked.
I have never been able to swim correctly according to the technical rules. My Dad tried to teach me for years. As an adult, I finally figured out that it isn't physiologically possibly for me; due to the way my shoulders developed. I have a decent modified-breaststroke; but that's it. I water-walk, or swim underwater.
And I am with you on the goggles! When I need them, I wear a full mask; the individual eye goggles just creep me out!
Nod. I finally found a pair of individual eye goggles that work, but that first... *eeew*. I'm glad I wasn't stupid enough to think "maybe they're supposed to feel like this".
The new ones are adjustable, and sometimes feel a bit funny, but only funny weird :-).
What's scary for me is, I used to think I knew how to swim, and I'm learning more and more than I don't. Oh, I've seen illustrations, but I've never taught my body to do anything like what the illustrations show :-). Now, I'm learning a bit. I'd love to be able to get in water and not feel like I'm constantly struggling with it.
Yay, swimming! In the pool at your complex? Or at a gym?
If the former, I may be persuaded to bring my swimsuit with me next time I visit. (-: