BILL NYE! I can’t believe I was in his presence last night. He was so hilarious and down to earth. He had the whole crowd laughing and hootin’ and hollerin’ the entire time. What a blast. He talked to us about how we could “…dare I say it?! CHANGE THE WORLD!” and finding our “Place in Space”. I left feeling inspired and proud to be a chemist.
Anyhoo, this morning, I had the best work out. Instead of catching the bus to campus for masters swim, I decided to run the 2.5 miles (which meant, running 2.5 miles back home afterwards)! I wore my swimsuit under my running clothes, shoved my cap into my iFitness Belt and strapped my goggles to the belt as well. I tempo’ed it all the way there.
At masters, I swam a total of 3000 yards.
Today was a technique day, so we did A LOT of breast stroke, back stroke, freestyle and… yup… butterfly. You should know something: I’ve never once tried butterfly before. This was a first for me. But in the spirit of having fun challenging myself and going with the flow, I decided to learn.
Today was just another example of how nice the coach is. She explained what I should do and showed me a few quick videos on her iphone (portable technology win!). And then I pushed off from the wall and attempted my first 25 yards ever swimming butterfly.
Let’s just say, I’m no pro. It was the most awkward/hilarious/difficult thing I’ve ever done. It was a good lesson in learning to laugh at yourself. Coach E said that I need to “find a rhythm”. I had no rhythm. It’s really quite tough to throw your arms out and around while dolphin kicking, then timing your breathing to the right moment in your stroke. I kept forgetting to breath. I swallowed a lot of water. I laughed a lot. It was hard, but I had fun.
And I can’t wait to try again next week.
To help critique me, she took a video of me during one of my 25s. It’s really cracking me up. I can definitely tell what I’m doing wrong and what I need to work on.
After masters with tired shoulders, I threw my running clothes back on and tempo’ed the 2.5 miles home. It’s not easy to run after swimming! Once I worked the kinks out, I had a solid clip all the way home. I felt strong, healthy, and accomplished. What a great feeling by 9 o’clock in the morning!
I like this whole running to masters swim thing :)