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practicing the crawl

Thursday, January 15, 2015

ok, after two lessons to improve my swimming strokes so that I can use swimming better to improve my shoulder, I was belly flopping myself in the lane much like a beached whale.

When I got out, one of the instructors mentioned that age did not have anything to do with improving one's self it's just a retraining of the brain, which ok, I've heard it said. But then, she added something that made sense. it's a matter of making the new thing automatic and all that it requires is repetitions.

I was really thankful for what she said, because, learning how to breathe and coordinate my body seemed out of reach. And now, all I have to do is to focus and practice. The two swimming lessons have identified for me what I am doing that is causing me to be ineffective in the water. There will be more instruction and practice and more helpful hints in the upcoming weeks, but today and other times that I choose to practice, I can do it at my own pace, and eventually "get it"

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    I know I'm late in commenting, but I just took a lesson in the crawl! It helped me a lot and I'm an instructor. It's very different teaching children. The technique is different, but I didn't know how different. Lol. Anyway, last Saturday I took my first lesson and it was magnificent! Now swimming 50 yards is effortless! It's taking a lot of brain training to undo what I learned incorrectly, but if I practice every day, it will be a habit before I know it!

    Cookies and milk for you, too!

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    2187 days ago
    That is awesome!!! She's totally right!!! emoticon
    2191 days ago
  • SCULLY722
    I used to be a great swimmer when I was a kid, but since adulthood and the onslaught of extra fat that my body has produced I seem to have quite an issue with swimming on my stomach (I have no problem "floating" on my back). When I try to swim using the crawl or breast stroke, my bottom decides it wants to become a flotation device and pops up out of the water, which then in turn shoves my head under water. It's not very comfortable, so I tend to stay out of the pool (at least until I can get some more fat off of this body). Keep up the great work with your lessons!! emoticon
    2192 days ago
    I have never been a strong swimmer, I learned to swim by my brother throwing me off the dock, and him yelling at me to move my arms and legs, that was it, so I have never been comfortable in deep water. So I am envious that you are taking lessons.
    2192 days ago
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