Today was my first official “swim day”.
I know how to swim. I’ve been taught by family members since I was a child. When I do think of swimming and my childhood I can’t help but think of those fond memories of laughter, togetherness, comfort and fun.
Today, some friends and I got together and mapped out the two points that we would swim from and to. The points would equal one mile, our aim for the day. We had our swim caps and goggles and we’re all set. When we started off it was an amazing feeling and in and of itself an amazing view. The natural waters of the Cayman. Islands were blue and green. The sun was out and shining (and hot).
My technique today was “freestyle”, and what I did notice overall was that while my body was not acutely fatigued, my breathing was quick and shallow. This, I believe tired me out early on into the swim. Instead of taking a nice breath of air, and stroking twice or three times while simultaneously (with concentration) letting the air out of my mouth in the water then lifting my head to the side for another break of air, i found myself just freestyling with my head up and put of the water, turning with my arms. Not a great for, but once again I noticed that breathing is paramount in a lot of the sports, if not all, activities.
When I reached the ending point, my “official” I’m was 49 minutes. Long, but not terrible for first time semi-training for a one mile swim! Notably, there are many things to work on, but a start is better than none.
I have to say that I really enjoyed being out and trying different sporting activities, and being in a beautiful country helps!
Yes, I believe I shall be back out again soon.