Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Non- Drowner No More
I remember going to Oak Park swim and racket club as a small child for swim lessons. Young enough that all I remember learning was the doggy paddle, swimming on my back (probably with help) and putting my head under water. That was the extent of my swimming lessons. I taught myself a "freestyle" stroke from watching people in the pool play around. As a result I became what I liked to call a non- drowner- rather than a swimmer. And I have succeeded in my title my whole life- I have never drowned. But swimming- ugly and exhausting because I did not know how. Tonight my entire world changed! I learned how to swim! Don't get me wrong it needs a lot of work but... I swam laps- as in multiple- and I was breathing to the side under my arm. I know- pretty amazing isn't it. All this success can be attributed to one person- Mr. Joe Muir. A hundred thanks and shout outs. He said he was willing to teach me and he did not lie. Annie, Joe and I convened at the Bountiful Rec Center and swam for close to 2 hours. Granted some of it was drills, watching, and resting. Quite a bit of resting actually. My body has no muscle strength or memory for this so, it was a little taxing. And the lungs- wow- I was breathing a little too hard for 3 laps. But that is irrelevant- no matter how poor it may be- I can swim.