Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I love my swim pod.

You'd think that the last thing I'd want to do at the end of a long dreary winter Monday is hop into a cold pool. But you'd be wrong.

I signed up for Sea Hiker's long distance swim pod not knowing exactly what to expect. I've never taken a swim lesson in my life and I was a little apprehensive about what it would be like. But it didn't take long for me to love it. The first evening I swam while three (three!!) swim coaches watched my every move and passed on tips and advice. What a luxury! I have taken to basking in all the attention and greedily sucking up every bit of information I am given.

The instructor Jen is an inspiration. Just watching her demonstrate drills makes me want to train until I can begin to dream about looking as elegant as her in the water. My fellow students are triathletes, recreational swimmers who want to improve technique, and open water swimmers, like myself, who are trying to improve their times before the next racing season.

The class is one surprise after another. Nuances of my stroke are revealed each week and I am becoming aware of movements and parts of my body I never thought of before. The class has been one big mind and body expanding experience.

Plus it's made me look forward to Mondays.

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