I hate bathing suits. I hate cold water. I hate being in a bathing suit, in cold water, in front of other people. But you know, I love swimming!
This last week, my husband and I went to our local community pool (looks like a mini-Hurricane Harbor in there!). I figured it was time to improve my swimming beyond my excellent doggie paddle and floating ability. This would be a great thing for me to do on my non-running days and allow me time to get off my feet. So, I asked my coach (the hubs) to help me since he is much more knowledgeable in proper swimming techniques.
Let's just start off by saying I am a big brat when it comes to starting something new and something that is not "easy" for me. Thank you, GOD the hubs has amazing patience. After complaining, asking if we could go home, and flat out being lame for about 10 minutes, I finally pulled myself together and actually tried to do what he was telling me. We worked on basic freestyle technique and lo and behold, I liked it. AND I wasn't completely terrible at it either (just a little terrible). I had a total "Dory" moment: Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim (thank you, Finding Nemo). The best part was in the 40 minutes I was in the water, I didn't get bored, didn't get frustrated with myself, didn't have any negative thoughts pop into my head, and the pain in my right lower butt cheek (yes, that's right, my butt cheek hurts) and back of knee disappeared. NEW MOTTO: Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.
The goal: swim at least once a week for 1 hour.