I should be in a pool right now but I bailed. It was another long day and my mind and body just couldn’t find the energy to go swimming. I did go the last 2 nights in a row though. My goal Monday was to learn how to swim with my head in the water. I asked WES for some tips on achieving this and this is what he told me:
“Total Immersion has some drills you can do that will help with keeping your head in the water. You basically kick on your side with one arm out, one goggle in the water, one out, breathing the whole time. This helps with your balance. Make sure your practice on both sides. Once you get the hang of it, switch mid lane by putting your face in the water and rotating to the other side. Once you get the hang of that, do the drill with your face in the water, and only rotate to either side to breath. No need to rush, no need to panic. Stop and stand up if you need to. No rush 🙂 ”
I told him it seemed simple enough and I’d try it. Well it really wasn’t easy for me! I kept not so much panicking but fearing the intake of water when I tried to follow the tips. I gave up after 10 minutes. In the end I just forced myself to commit fully to learning to swim with my head in the water no matter how much water I drank 🙂 I figured if the tips were giving me the same fear than I might as well try the whole enchilada.
It took a long time and a lot of restarts and gasps for air but I finally managed to get over my fear of swimming with my head in the water. Last night went even better than Monday night but I realized I still am not doing it properly. When I lift my head out to breathe I don’t put my head back in the water right away. I don’t put it in till I’m on the opposite side and this seems like it’s slowing me down each breath I come up for. But after 2 nights trying I’m happy with my progress so far. One thing I learned that helps me is that the less you need to breathe the less water you risk swallowing coming up for air 🙂
This wasn’t the interesting activity from yesterday that I mentioned. However once I got on this tangent I couldn’t stop 🙂 I’ll try to post it tomorrow.