Let's be clear, I have NO idea what I'm doing in the pool. I'm surprised I haven't drowned long before this. It's true. My butt drags, I struggle to keep my buoy in the water, I can only breathe on my right side - basically a Hot Mess. And yet, yet I am a huge hit at my pool. (no, I'm not, not even a little bit) Minor celebrity some might say. (no one would ever say that) But people stop me all the time and ask for swimming tips. I attribute this to two things.
1. Clearly they've never ever seen anyone swim before and
2. They are thrown off by my pretty intimidating glitter rainbow throw up suit. Truth. (not truth)
Tonight though, tonight was Flip Turn Night. Knowing full well I'd lose all swim credibility once my fellow swimmers witnessed the hilarity of me trying to master the flip turn, I arrived ready to tackle this trick.
Looking less than confident pre-swim.
(breaking the no camera rule in the locker room)
You Tube is my best friend for how-tos. Flip turns, no exception. I watched this one from my buddy Lance's group, LiveStrong and this one from TTS. Watched about 80 times each.
I warmed up for a few hundred yards then headed to the "deep" end to practice. The deep end is four feet at best, but I didn't want to hit my head in the shallowest end. Or any end for that matter. Turns out, I am a Viking at the standing flip. If there was a competition on standing still and then rolling forward, I would totally not drown. Doing the same thing while moving forward? Not so much. I can flip, but I cannot find the wall with my feet. Or I can, but then I end up on the bottom of the pool. Lots of coughing, sputtering and just being honest here, lots of snot. (don't ever drink the pool water folks)
I can't tell you how many times I bonked my shoulders on the bottom of the pool, scraped my knuckles, inhaled water, rammed into the ropes, etc. Which, aren't ropes at all but really hard, heavy scratchy plastic things that hurt when you scrape them. With repetition, I managed to finally get going in a straight line most of the time, but then I'm on my back and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get back on my stomach.
So, some progress. I'm flipping just fine, but not really turning. I'll get there. Eventually. I'm sure it was an entertaining sight! Hey, everyone is new at some point. I just started swimming this year. While I'm slow and awkward, I'm determined. I'll figure this out.
Yeah baby, check out those goggle eyes!
Also, my poor suit is so saggy baggy.
As I was doing my cool down laps, a young girl in the lane next to me slapped the water to get my attention. I stopped, raised my goggles (I can't hear you if I can't see you) and smiled. Sweetly, she said, "Wow, you're really good! How do you swim for so long without getting tired?" Bless her heart! It's nice to know I still have my loyal following, ha! (clearly she felt sorry for me and thought a kind word might help my sad state of swimming - it did!)
Swimmers, any tips for mastering the flip turn?