Archive for July 6, 2011

Am I Doing It Right?

Posted: July 6, 2011 in Previous Rants

I’ve witnessed some truly horrible things in my life; one man’s furry back, another’s haunting waist, and that one lady’s devil stare – and that was just today!

I’m far from perfect, I too have things I’m embarrassed about and unfortunately not as good at some things as I’d like to be. I’ve never pretended to be any good at swimming – but when asked if I wanted to go swimming with my sister, her boyfriend and their friend, I said yes… I should’ve politely declined. I was going to make a complete fool of myself and probably drown but I remembered my doctor’s advice – “swimming should help ease your back pain” I bravely accepted the challenge and grabbed my shorts. I’d already forgotten my towel and figured today wasn’t going to go my way…

It was a massive swimming centre, the pool itself was enormous and I felt more comfortable stood around – anything to prevent people witnessing my failed attempts.

Dreading a repeat experience involving a old man’s bald head and my terrible swimming technique (which to my brother’s disbelief was a genuine accident) I silently agreed that swimming lengths in the segregated lanes was by far the safest option. I was hardly 30 seconds in when I remembered I couldn’t swim very well… The lifeguard kept an eye on me as I struggled through the water in a furious attempt to use only my arms – my legs choosing inconvenient moments to stop or thrash wildly at the plastic separators. I  felt hopeless – I was probably embarrassing myself – people were judging me now, I couldn’t stop them and so decided to continue “swimming” anyway.

I was only swimming for half an hour when I realised three things:

1. It’s near impossible to swim properly using just your arms.

2. Cramp deserves a more definitive name; it’s very painful and can affect your legs, arms and stomach at the same time.

3. Even in “a slow lane” other people will get fed up if it’s you that sets the pace and decide to switch lanes.

Between bouts of splashing and my failed attempts at trying different techniques and styles I looked around – other people made it look so easy! I don’t know why I was struggling so much. I left with several injuries and realised that I should learn to swim before I get back into the water. I probably shouldn’t come back to this swimming centre any time soon…