Who knew swimming required so much math? If there is one thing that causes me more anxiety than swimming it’s numbers. Even just basic addition and subtraction can incite a feeling of panic. This morning I got a double dose of angst with a swim/math combo during my first Masters Swim class at the YMCA.
First, I realized I forgot how far the length of the pool is (I’ve been focused on open water training). So when the instructor told me to swim three 100’s I was stumped. Then, I kept forgetting how many laps I had completed. Plus, I became confused about how many times to multiply my sets of laps by. On top of that, the instructor kept asking me to breathe every three strokes. So I not only had to count the laps, then multiply the sets of laps, but I also had to count my strokes to breathe. Did I mention this was all at 6am? I was a wreck.
But there were some good aspects of the morning. I liked that it was a really small group and no one snickered at my slow swimming or the fact that I can only breathe on one side. I also appreciated that the instructor was really patient and gave me some great pointers for improving my stroke. This is going to be a tough month of training. Swimming does not come naturally for me and I tend to get very frustrated when I can’t pick something up quickly. But, I’m excited about the idea of improving my swim times. And who knows, maybe I will hone my math skills along the way 🙂