On Swallowing Pride.. (and pool water..)

Had a wonderful morning, arrived at the pool at 8am, swam til 9am, got myself a Starbucks with the lovely boyfriend, paid money into my bill account and pottered off back home.

Feeling rather fantastic because today – I swam properly. Yes – I swallowed my pride, and a fairly significant amount of sweat/snot/bodily fluid tainted water, and taught myself to swim with my head underwater. It’s one of those things i’ve never managed to master. I’ve always known it’s purely a matter of practice, but the interesting thing about me is I don’t much like to LEARN things, I like to DO things. As soon as it’s necessary to admit I need to LEARN, I tend to avoid the skill altogether.

It’s partly (ok, almost completely) to do with pride. Today, I admitted to everyone at the pool (yes – all those people who blatantly have no interest and are not watching anyway) that I am not very good at swimming underwater. You see, if you avoid the practice, no one knows you can’t do it. Today, I practiced, and practiced, and I managed a few lenghts of ‘stroke, stroke, stroke, breath, stroke, stroke, stroke, breath’. I’m sure my attempts looked pretty pitiful, but when it comes down to it, my new approach is this – self-consciousness and arrogance are very closely linked. The truth is, everyone else is busy getting on with their own lives, and they’re not watching you anyway.

To those people who have been managing this stoking and breathing (when SWIMMING!)for years, i’m sure my proud little puffed up chest makes me seem like an over-excited little Robin who just learnt to perform something quite as natural as singing. However, the more I learn to swim properly, the more I can swim. You’ll notice, for the first time ever, I spent more time swimming today than I did pool running… and I really quite enjoyed myself.

Today – injured runner
Tomorrow – injury free swimmer? triathlete? We’ll see…

Training – Wed – 30min bike, 20min swim, 20min pool run, 8x1min fast interval pool run
Thurs (today) – 30min swim, 25min pool run, 40min bike

Published by michellearthursbrennan

I'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

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