Starting with a splash

For some reason 8 weeks ago I decided to add swimming to my routine. My husband and I are lucky enough to have a swimming pool on camp, so thankfully there was somewhere nearby that we could go that wouldn’t be too busy.

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My swimming was a little bit rubbish, lots of splashing, huffing and puffing and some pretty dodgy leg work. But I was determined to give it a go…. And give it a go I did. I must have been pretty shocking because I attracted the attention of the lifeguard who tapped me on the head and suggested my swimming would be much better if I put my head in the water…… an idea that didn’t go down too well with me, I’ve never swam with my face in the water. She smiled and handed me a pair of goggles, and away I went. It wasn’t to bad apart from the whole breathing thing… my husband told me I looked like a T-rex every time I took my head out of the water to breath, hahah! Not quite the look I was going for. The lifeguard gave me a few more tips and soon I was feeling a lot more confident even if I still looked like a T-rex. Who knew breathing was so difficult?

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Another week went by and some more hints and tips from the lovely lifeguards as well as lending me some equipment to run some drills – flippers, pool boy etc, I even swapped my bikini for a swimming costume which made me feel like a proper swimmer! And I bought my own pair of goggles, along with a lovely new swimming bag. Turns out I really love this swimming thing.

So me and my new swimming costume and goggles have been swimming at least once a week, sometime 2 or 3 times… I would go every day if the pool was open to free swimmers every day! I absolutely love it. I’m still getting help from the lifeguards who are all swimming teachers or come from a competitive swimming background so are able to see the little changes I need to make – I can now officially say I do not look like a T-rex anymore.
Although I will never be an Olympic swimmer, I am improving every week! I’m hoping to do a triathlon next year. Swimming has improved my running and helped with some ongoing aches and pains. Unfortunately, the pool’s been closed for two weeks and I’ve really missed it. Once I get into the flow I get a real sense of calm and focus when I swim, I can feel the stress go away. I am even tempted to invest in a pair of waterproof earphones, but for now I will settle for buying myself my own set of flippers and we will go from there! I think my first triathlon will be a sprint but who knows maybe I’ll do a full one eventually?

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My only issue with swimming is my sinuses …. They don’t like my new hobby, so I’m constantly sniffing and feeling like my face is going to explode after a swim, but it seems to be improving very, very slowly. I love that my husband comes with me, although he is a much better swimmer which is slightly infuriating because he is amazing at everything…. I love that it is something we can do together, our favourite sports are very different from one anther – I’m a runner he loves to cycle so I love doing something together, I really treasure it.
So next week swimming resumes as normal and I can’t wait to be back at it… I may even dive in…. whom I kidding I wont dive in because I’m a chicken and I can’t touch the pool floor!!

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