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Bella, the Bathing Beauty: “Real” Swimming!

Posted Jul 08 2010 12:00am

I haven’t written a “bathing beauty” installment in over a year, and it feels great to have something to write about.

As you guys know, my dad and I have been swimming daily, and on Wednesday I learned how to breathe while I swim!  My dad is the best swim coach ever, and he said I was a quick learner, so I guess those swimming lessons when I was 5 years old came back to me.

The trickiest part of learning to breathe to the side between strokes was making sure that I didn’t take any water in while I came up.  Oh, and that my hair wasn’t in my mouth (luckily a hair tie did the trick).  My dad said the key was to blow the air out while you were underwater so that when you came up for another breath you were ready for it.  He suggested blowing through my nose, but that just felt uncomfortable, so I blew the air through my mouth.  It’s sort of weird to swim through the bubbles, but I got used to it pretty quickly.

I set up a 5-stroke rhythm that worked really well.  So well in fact that I was swimming laps in no time.  Wednesday, the first day, I think I swam about 7-10 full laps.  Today (Thursday) I swam between 15-20 laps.  I lost count somewhere along the way, but I can tell you that for the hour I was in the pool, I was swimming laps almost the entire time.  It felt so good to move through the water, breathing properly, and finishing a length without being so out of breath because I was trying to hold all of the air in my lungs for as long as possible.  What a difference it makes in the efficiency of my strokes!  Oh, and I earned 4 APs, which is good.

I’m really proud of myself for conquering this, and so grateful to my dad for teaching me.  A really lovely side benefit of our swimming sessions is that we get to catch up on tidbits of the day while we take little swim breaks.

(I’m taking tomorrow off from the pool because I have a few other things going on, but I should be back on Saturday).

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