Day four I made progress. My breast stroke, after multiple tries up and down and back again is finally starting to resemble a breast stroke on occasion. Teacher Bug still had to scrape to find a positive comment, but it was beginning to click in my brain enough that I may be able to put it together when I practice outside of lessons.
The Question Mark stroke from yesterday is actually the butterfly. Still impossible, but I am motivated to learn it as it's a good ab work out and I my abs desperately need to be worked out. We practiced a good part of this stroke submerged under water and I realized as we were working, that I actually felt RELAXED underwater. Is that crazy or what? No panicky feeling. Just a sense of calm. I was able to breathe under water and when I let my body relax, I was able to do part of the crazy kicking, pulling thing that I'm supposed to be learning. That was a huge victory for me.
We practiced front crawl since that's what I'll be doing the most of and I did the equivalent of one lap in an Olympic size pool without having to turn onto my back to rest. To do the shortest triathlon, a sprint distance, I will have to swim 9 laps. An Olympic distance is 35 laps. The sprint distance feels doable. Olympic feels, well, like an Olympic-sized goal. But having a goal is motivating for me and I am determined to get to 9 laps as quickly as I can.
For those of you who have a fear of the water and want to learn to swim: DO IT! Don't wait any longer. Go sign up for those lessons today. You will feel so empowered when you look your fear in the face and defeat it. And bonus: you get some exercise at the same time! Who knows. Swimming may just become your next passion. I feel it pulling me already.