Last week I finally bit the bullet, emailed the swim coach, and set up a day to meet. That day ended up being Sunday. I was super nervous because I have really been slacking with my swim training. Technically, my HIM training doesn't start for a few more weeks, but I wanted to get in the pool on a regular basis so I wouldn't lose all of my swim fitness. However, it's been a bit of a failure. :(
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I got to the rec center and met the coach at the pool. The water was surprisingly cold, but it could have just been my nerves. I tend to get really cold when I'm nervous. Anyways, he had me swim a 100 to just see where I'm at and I had a hard time getting into a rhythm right off the bat. Like I said before, I was pretty nervous and it's just hard for me to "perform" when someone is watching me. But, I got over it really quickly because I knew he was there to help me and help is what I need! Apparently, I have some balance issues. But, the main issue I have is that my hips and feet sink too much when I swim. No wonder I'm so slow, I'm making a big amount of drag in the water...ughh! We worked on a lot of drills that I hope will help with my issues and he gave me some other things to work on when I swim. The lesson ended up being great and I'm so glad I contacted him. I'll let you know how our next session goes in a couple of weeks.
Oh, when I was in the locker room getting ready to change his wife walked in. Apparently, she had been swimming too. She introduced herself and asked me if I swim 3 times a week. I told her that I have been trying, but life/kids/sleep get the best of me some days. She was really nice and told me that if I could just commit to swim 3 times a week for one month that I would start to see some improvements. Now, she (and her husband) have completed numerous Ironmans, so I think I should listen to what they have to say-don't you think? Basically, I just need to HTFU, get out of bed when my alarm goes off, and get to the pool.
So far, I've done one swim this week and it was great! I did the drills my coach instructed me to do and then just swam, really trying to focus on my form. I can definitely feel my hips and feet sink. So, I tried to push my chest out (if that makes sense) and it helped. My hips and feet rose closer to the surface. So, 1 swim down, 2 to go (at least for this week). :)
As a side note, my boys have their first swimming lessons today! Maybe we'll be working on the same drills...ha ha!