Monday, March 18, 2013

Just Keep Swimming

I never actually learned how to swim or passed the high school swim test in America because of my SLAP tear. I was one of the few with a legitimate reason not to take the swim test, hehe.

Learning how to swim is one of my goals in the next month. Actually - learning how to tread is my goal. Technically I can already swim, just very poorly. I don't know why I'm having so much trouble learning how to tread. My multi-limb coordination is actually very terrible.

Paddle, kick and breathe? Okay I can do that....oops...uh oh....sinking!sinking!!Sin-blubblubblub

I have no idea how I managed to wrestle for two years with such terrible coordination.

I'm practicing my breast stroke. It was going well until I started getting tired. Really tired. Good thing rec swim was over. Did not know swimming was that difficult. You'd think running 3 miles on a daily basis and doing a lot of lunges, squats, and other leg work outs would help - NOPE!

I've also realized my nose is useless. My nose can't exhale underwater if my life depended on it. Stupid nose.

Since I'm planning to swim regularly now, I have to cut back on my weight-lifting for the time being to make sure I don't wear out my shoulder too quickly. The arm motions involved in swimming still makes me nervous  because my shoulder was so screwed up for so many years.


  1. Really! That's in comprehensible here in Oz. we ALL do swimming lessons at the school, for several years.
    Good luck with it, you'll get it eventually.
    If its any consolation, even though I sued to swim several times a week for exercise (freestyle) I'm sure I can no longer breaststroke to save my life . . .

    1. was only ever Something You Need To Do in/before the end of high school. Otherwise, families have to pay for swim lessons or teach you themselves. When I was a kid, our family didn't have a lot of money for a pool membership or lessons and my injury pretty much prevented me from getting into a pool :/