About this time last year, I took my first swim lesson. I hired a swim coach that I pretty much knew nothing about but I was going with a friend. Our first lesson was nothing more than putting our face in the water, going under, and just a little bit of splashing around. I liked him because he didn’t make it too hard…..that first day.
By the second lesson we were to swim to one end and back. I was pretty terrified that I wouldn’t be able to do this. Funny thing is, I could. Somehow he knew more than me what I was capable of doing. Then came the 3rd lesson, not only were we to swim to one end and back, we were to only take a breath and start right back over. Well, I managed to swim down and back but before heading out again, I felt the need to check my goggles.
Even funnier thing about this was he knew I really wasn’t having a goggle issue. Maybe I had actually convinced myself that I was but he knew I was just buying time..taking those few extra breaths. I argued with him that I needed to fix my leaky goggle and he said to me, “just like your runners who need to suddenly re-tie their shoes?” Ding ding ding, he was speaking my language! Not only did I head straight back into the water, even when i did have a leaky goggle, I just powered on through.
Oh boy do we see this all the time! Just last week we had a pretty tough run workout in which we gave a 2 minute recovery in the middle. It’s funny how 2 minutes sounds like a long time until you’re in the middle of a tough workout and suddenly it sounds like a few seconds. As Keith and I timed peoples recovery, we watched 2 minutes suddenly turn to 2:05, 2:10, even 2:20 for some people. Yes, you can certainly sneak in some extra breaths when re-setting your Garmin, changing the song on your iPod, getting that last sip of water but really all you’re doing is checking your goggles.