I’ve been a swimmer for a long time now and every time I jump into the cold, blueish water (Some pools look a little green…YUCK!), a sense of security and rightness comes over my entire body. I don’t feel right when I don’t swim and although this may be a (kind of) weird thing to say, I don’t. I’m a huge yoga buff, really a lover of all workouts Bryan Kest, but aside from the yoga highs, strength, and fabulous explosions of happiness I get after one of his classes (a.k.a. me choosing a class from his library of classes online…because I live in Newport News, VA not Santa Monica, CA), I can’t help but feel the exact same way after a swim. Okay, so maybe Bryan Kest has rubbed off on me and my swims a bit, having now created a since of calmness and equanimity when I swim, but that’s not the entire reason behind why I love swimming!
Swimming can be downright frustrating and tiresome, but it can also be refreshing (and I’m not talking about jumping into freezing water at 5 am) and very motivating. Watching the pace clock tick round and around, then seeing yourself day by day, second by second getting faster and faster (Is there an echo in the room?), is truly an endearing feeling. Plus, I just plain love wearing a swimsuit, probably because I’m so used to wearing one, but also because I love the comfort I feel in my own skin. When I take my clothes off and expose my bright, patterned swim suit, also the bareness of my arms and legs, I feel proud!
I’M SPORTING MYSELF WITH CONFIDENCE AND WHAT’S BETTER THAN THAT?!
No matter what the lifeguard thinks, the guy next to me, or the woman two lanes down, I don’t care. I just don’t….
I’M ME AND THAT’S ALL I CAN BE!
CAN YOU RELATE?
Sooo now feeling this huge surge of confidence as I leap feet first into the chlorine infested water (Better than being shark infested, right? Yikes!), I feel this calmness that can only be described as a peaceful stillness, like I’m in this euphoric state of bliss (Similar to a runner’s high), waiting for my workout to begin. You see, the thing I love most about swimming is its adventurous quality. Each workout has its own unique features (different strokes, different intervals, different drills, etc.) that prevent me from becoming bored, but then again, I never swim the same workout twice! Running has its own fun factor going on, too, like speed work, running hills and trails, also tempo runs, but nothing like swimming (at least for me).
WHAT DO YOU THINK? DO YOU EVER GET BORED RUNNING?
Well, to sum it up, I love running and swimming both, but in different ways. The yogi in me relates to the swimmer in me more than the runner (…in me). Maybe a little confusing, but pretty much, it’s easier for me to find my “inner chi” in swimming than in running. I tend to tense up more when I run.
MY SWIMMING GOALS:
1] SWIM UNDER 1:00 IN THE 100 YARD BUTTERFLY (I’m so close)
2] SWIM MY 100 METER FLY IN UNDER 1:10 AT SUMMER NATIONALS (Nationals is hosted at a long course (50 meter) pool, so you swim longer than in a short course (yard) pool)
3] START TRAINING 200 FLY AGAIN
4] TRAIN HARD FOR MY OPEN WATER SWIMS/AQUATHLONS (Run-Swim-Runs) THAT I’M COMPETING IN THIS SUMMER
DO YOU LIKE SWIMMING? WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?