Last night I went swimming again as part of my challenge this year to go swimming at least three times a week. It was an eventful evening to say the least.
I have this gorgeous pair of earings that Lelak gave me the first year we were together. They are silver with an amethyst gemstone. I just love amethyst stones. I usually wear them when going swimming cause I am scared of losing them if I take them out and put them in my bag. Well, last night, whilst I was in the pool adjusting my goggles, I must of knocked one of them out, cause two laps later, I was missing an earing. I knew it was going to basically impossible to find an earing in a swimming pool, so I fumed about it for two more laps. Then standing in the shallow end waiting for the congestion to clear and taking a breather I looked down and there was the back of my earing and right next to it, the front of my earing. I quickly retrieved them from the bottom of the pool, got out and took my other earing out and put them safely in my bag. I am now going to buy a pair of sleepers like I keep telling myself I should and wear them whilst swimming.
I also swam 50m of freestyle without dying. I only did it once, but the fact remains that I did do it. There may be hope for me yet. I found this swimming blog called Swimming Is Easy which had some tips on improving your freestyle. I followed them and found them extremely useful. Also I found it good to warm up by doing 10 laps of breast stroke before attempting any freestyle. Unfortunately, all subsequent laps of freestyle didn’t go so well, but at least it gives me something to build upon.
Last night was quite busy in the slow lane of the pool. I usually swim in the slow lane because I feel intimidated by all the cool kids powering away in the medium lane. However, last night, there was just way too many swimmers in the slow lane who couldn’t conform to basic pool etiquette of swimming to the left so that people can overtake you. It really broke my rhythm to have to stop and start to accommodate for these people. Also I found myself in the position of being too fast for the slow lane but not really fast enough for the medium lane. On lap 24, I decided I had had enough of the idiots in the slow lane and that I was going to join the cool kids in the medium lane, which didn’t have that many swimmers using it. Needless to say, I was passed by pretty much everyone using the medium lane, but still it gave me the kick up the butt I needed to increase my speed. In my defence, everyone else in the medium lane was swimming freestyle whilst I was doing breast stroke. I did those final 7 laps in an almost record time.
Stats for my swimming session: 31 laps (1.55km) in just under an hour.
Stats for the week: 83 laps (4.15km).