Like a fish

In training for this triathlon, I knew my biggest challenge would be the swimming. I have never in my life just swam laps for exercise or for fun. Because it is not fun. Swimming to me means laying out in the sun on a beach, and taking a dip in the ocean to cool off when you can’t take the heat anymore. This is preferably done with some sort of frosty, tropical umbrella drink in hand.

I knew I had my work cut out for me, so after much research telling me that this book is the “bible of swimming,” I purchased a copy of Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way to Swim Better, Faster, and Easier. Sounds good right? The book arrived, and promptly took up residence on my bookshelf for approximately 2 years. Last night before my swim workout, I decided to give it a read. Here is a list of several things it told me to do within the first 3 chapters:

-press my bouy

-swim long

-perfect my water balance

-glide like a fish

-swim on my side

Huh? I didn’t know there was such complexity involved here. But I am learning. And in my workout, I kept these things in my head, and tried my hardest to apply what I had learned. And you know what? I did feel a bit more fish-like in the end. Now if I could only stop inhaling so much water through my mouth and nose, I would be in pretty good shape.


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