I’ve not had a coach since high school when I ran Cross Country but here I am some 40 years later in the hands of an expert. Yesterday was my first swimming lesson with Tara my swimming coach. “Swimming Lessons” that still sounds so foreign and strange since I have been swimming since I was young or what I thought was swimming.
Tara’s evaluation of my swimming ‘skilz boyyyyy‘ uncovered a number of areas that I need to work on, she was kind in her evaluation, but I knew that other then not fearing the water, holding my breath and the ability to propel forward; I didn’t know how to really swim.
This became evident as we embarked on leaning the basics of stroke, kick, body rotation and breathing. Over 48 years of even using my hands wrong! who knew…
Relax hands, elbow up, reach far, S shape draw(?), rotate, and kick from hips; LOL So much to try and remember. Tara ran me though various techniques and drills and I even got to use a
floattie pull buoy between my thighs and a really small boogie board kick board.
Now I have to balance swimming and running so that I don’t over train. Another thing I learned, rather quickly, is that I’ll be using muscle I’ve not exercised in sometime and that soreness is going to be inevitable, I’m feeling it this morning and its going to be interesting to see how my body feels in my 6 miles short run today.
I only made it about 45 or 50 minutes and I was pretty much done. So here is my take away from my first lesson;
- First and foremost I found a great coach. I get along with her and and am confident in her skills; shes no pretender.
- I don’t know how to swim but Tara will fix this.
- I learned quite allot on my first lesson which surprised me (now just to remember it all.)
- I’ve got a long journey ahead.
- I need to ware goggles; swimming in the pool is nothing like in the ocean. Chlorine is the burn that keeps on burning.
- Swimming is hard work.
PS: Tara seems to think that by this time next year she will have me doing 1000 meter ‘training’ swims and clobbering the triathlon. 1000 meter? I can’t even imagine it.