Posted by Amy Baranski
***Update: read Out of the Deep for a summary of my first lap swim!***
Since there's no water aerobics class offered on Fridays at my local pool I considered trying lap swim this past week.
Lap swim intimidates me.
It makes me think of really strong and long people with amazing bodies (not just to look at but in the cardiovascular sense).
Swimming seems easier to me now that I'm older, but I'll never forget the Herculean effort it took during middle school swim class to finish laps. Maybe I was doing it wrong? Or maybe the other students were counting their laps incorrectly, which I repeated to myself in class often enough to remember that mantra 20 years later. Just thinking about lap swim takes me out of my comfort zone.
That's exactly why I'm going to try it.
I skipped the pool on Friday, but on Saturday I bused there for the 10:00 a.m. water exercise class. I showed up early. So early that I got to take a snapshot of the locker room without looking like a total creep. It was empty.
|Obligatory locker room shot.|
The entire time I kept staring at the lap swimmers, like they were the cool seniors while I was just starting freshman year.
They were at the other end of the pool and my whole water aerobics class experience morphed into this mental obsession, needing to know if you had to be able to execute a flip turn in order to swim in the lanes. I saw many of the swimmers somersaulting underwater and emerging towards the opposite end of the pool from whence they came. I saw several lanes designated by the words fast, medium, easy, very easy. I was relieved to see the last label, but when I studied that lane it did not look very easy. I have no idea if I'll be able to make it one length of the pool and back, but I really want to try. I actually only want to try in a completely private setting so no one can see me.
It would be OK if a lifeguard were on duty.
Other than that I'd prefer no one with better athletic ability to be around. Even though those are the exact people you want in the pool with you. It's silly but it makes me uncomfortable to even think about it. So I'm going to do it. There's even a session tomorrow morning at 6:30...