Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Be My Swim Coach for the Day!
....and you too can be bribed with coffee and baked goodies!! :) :) :)
Keith has been the first to take the challenge: at the spur of the moment yesterday, he drove the 2+ hours from Calgary and met me at the Pincher Creek pool for a private one on one lesson! Hee-hee!
He even brought his iPhone and took the above footage after all our work...(Santa also came early and brought me an underwater camera! Can't wait to start using that!!)
My swimming needs all the help it can get -- I cobbled together a stroke as an adult -- never took any learn-to-swim lessons, etc. (In hindsight, maybe I should have.) Thus, my "stroke" (using that term very loosely), is a combination of watching youtube videos, of absorbing advice from swim coaches, from lifeguards, from anyone who is faster than me.
The "catch" in swimming is something that I have been trying so hard to understand/feel. Like I was telling Keith yesterday, I HATE it when swimmers (aka people who were in swim club as kids) tell me to "feel" the water, that it "will feel so effortless" -- blah, blah, blah. That kind of talk is like someone going on about religion -- just TRUST in things, have FAITH, etc. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know all that stuff, but what in the hell is it supposed to FEEL like?!?!?!?!
Everything feels awkward to a new adult swimmer -- yes, even one that has been trying to swim for the past 6 years!
Thus, 2011 is the year of the swim stroke. Enough faffing around for me -- I am going to FEEL it baby. :)
Wanna be my coach for the day? I make good on my bribes!!!! LOL!!!!
Posted by Julie at 6:58 AM