Learning to swim, has seen my confidence in my physical abilities rocket and has seen me, stick the proverbial two fingers up, at my arthritic joints and difficult lungs.
Neither of these are going to go away, ever. Nor are they ever going to “get better”, I have, however been encouraged by the increase in lung function, since I took my first plunge in the pool.
Aside, from my health problems, I’m physically fitter and healthier. I’ve found a sport, I truly love, swimming rarely feels like a chore. Every time I go swimming, I feel a little frizzon of excitement, the desperation to be in the pool. Holidays have been chosen or rejected on the quality of the pool!
Learning to swim, has allowed me to enjoy many experiences: swimming in the sea, something I would previously, have been terrified to do, taking part in swimathon and being invited to a lunch reception, at the houses of parliament (unfortunately, due to work commitments, I couldn’t attend).
Now, I am preparing to begin a new chapter, in my journey. Joining a “swim squad”.
I’ve found one, that suits me, it’s non competitive, but it pushes me. The trouble is, it’s 8 till 9am. The first challenge is, that mornings are not my best time, on awakening my joints are stiff and sore and it can take, several hours for that to settle, particularly in winter.
My lungs also, take a while to wake up and clear the accumulated junk that has gathered there, during the night.
The session, one hour, is tough, it’s hard work. There’s no slacking, our coach pushes us, hard. As a former competitive swimmer, himself, he has high expectations.
Already, I am reaping the benefits. My fitness is improving, along with my stamina. In addition, my front crawl distances are stretching out, so long as my lungs are in agreement.
Front crawl, is my weaker stroke, I tend to rely more on breaststroke, which has proven to be a bit of a mistake. Squad training, focuses so much more on front crawl, thus my front crawl is improving.
And so, this morning, I’m up at half five in preparation for this, busy getting my stuff together and preparing for what I know will a tough, but fun hour.