What makes you happy?
I love swimming! I probably have mentioned that before. Why I have waited so long to get back into it...I will never really know. Clearly I have some fear issues that holds me back from things. I have no idea why?
A friend told me about masters swim a while back. I loved the idea of getting back into the pool. I used to swim when I was in grade school, but never wanted to compete. I have no idea why but always thought it took the fun out of what I was doing. I would get nervous and I hated that feeling! So I never competed, never joined the swim team in high school, nothing...notta. Bummer! Who knows where I could have gone with it? It makes me think that I need to push my kids if they have a natural ability towards something.
Geez I ramble a lot! Stay focused, Jill! Anyways since I decided a month or ago I wanted to focus on Tri's this summer I knew I needed to get focused in the pool. I finally bit the bullet, texted a few of you and went to Masters Swimming...
It was AMAZING! (I swear I repeat myself throughout this blog) I haven't been this excited about something in a long time. I feel at home in the pool and I don't know what it is but it's just the best thing for me. I never feel like its hard or tough and maybe that's why I love it? Even when I'm too tired to go, I go and am on such a high afterwards! It's the best feeling and I haven't had it in a while. Feels great!
What's great about Masters Swim is that they coach you, which I love because I want to know how I can improve.
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When I swim I really have no goal except for time and I just go as hard as I can. Well...now that I have joined masters swim and have someone coaching me...well that has changed. I wear my heart-rate monitor and she has made me s-l-o-w down, which is not easy but very beneficial to build endurance. I typically stay in the 70% zone. Who knew? Clearly I did not. The idea is to slow down so that you can learn to go fast longer! Yah, I guess that works in running too!
This has helped me improve just in the short time I have been going. I have improved on my stroke and my endurance. Having to count my strokes and limit it to 18 in 25 yards...try it, it's not that easy! I have already learned how to kick more efficiently, moving my body differently while doing certain strokes so that I don't strain areas that aren't supposed to be strained and I am learning to keep my head down...guess I wasn't putting it down enough...again, I had no idea! Man I love when I can improve. I can totally tell that all those things have helped BIG TIME!
My coach invited me to do a Postal Swim at the end of the month. The Hour Swim is a great way to make an appropriate assessment of where I am vs where I should be. This will be a great tool so we can put a training plan together. There will be someone to count laps so all I have to do is swim. Very anxious to see what I can do. Have you ever done one of these? How did you do?
SWIMMING MAKES ME HAPPY! What makes you happy?