Saturday, September 11, 2010
Swimming Lesson No. 2
What I have learnt though, is that I stop myself from doing it. I think 'I am doing it wrong', or 'I can't breathe' even though I am doing fine. I'm not doing my breathing perfectly, I am taking too long to do it because I am not letting all the air out under the water so while my head is out I have to breathe out and catch my breath as well. By then my arm is pointing down and I have to use up all my energy to keep my head up long enough to take my breath! No wonder my arms are killing me! I will get there though, I just need to relax and just concentrate on improving a little at a time. Rome wasn't built in a day and I am not giving up!
I did wear my HRM as well - and yes, the Polar FT4 is waterproof - and it was great! I didnt' get my heart rate up very high which makes sense given it was the breathing I am struggling with and not the endurance side of things, and I was also resting between each lap to calm my breathing. Still, in the hour I was in the pool I managed to burn off 240 calories! My heart rate average was only 105bpm with a max of 135bpm so even from that you can see I took it pretty easy.
Next week I will keep with the swimming each lap and I am pretty sure M is going to try and get me to do a couple of laps without stopping for a break in between! As she said, when I can do two or three laps, then a single lap will seem easy peasy! I wish I could pop in and practice in the pool once or twice during the week so I could surprise her next Saturday!
I am so proud of my progress so far.
And so happy that I took the plunge and booked that first lesson. I just know it won't be long until I 'graduate' to just swimming laps!