Until they then introduced the freestyle stroke. Freestyle made my ego free-fall! I've been trying to figure out why it is so hard, and I've got some ideas:
-I do not like having my face down in the water
-I think too hard about which side I'm supposed to breathe on, and when.
-When I do breathe, I get water in my mouth, and then I panic.
-I'm doing something new, and it's something with my body, so I get super self-conscious.
-As I exert myself, I find myself needing even more oxygen, but can't seem to get enough in my short breaths to the side.
Today I stayed after my lesson and practiced for over an hour. I learned that keeping my eyes open (I have goggles) helps decrease the panic. Everything else is not easy to fix, I just need to keep practicing.
On the bright side, I am REALLY good at the backstroke (at least in comparison!).
My happy news: I bought a new swimsuit today. I finally got one that ties behind my neck, which I've wanted for a long time. No more gym shorts and running shirts when I swim! I'm going to learn to be comfortable in my own skin!
I do have to say: swimming is exhausting, and I think I'm starting to lose weight faster as well, which is a nice side effect! =D
I'm liking this more than running. I like being outside, and I like the challenge of learning something new.
Currently, my record is 25 meters freestyle without having to stop. I hope I can report back next week with either 50 or 100 meters! Stay tuned!