I’m done with my paid swim lessons. Today was supposed to be my last paid lesson but the instructor didn’t show up – AGAIN! Yes, this is par for the course with the way my lessons have gone.
Unfortunately I still can’t swim. I made absolutely no progress in 3 months. I had a “mini” breakthrough a few weeks ago when the instructor and I figured out I was holding my breath as I put my face in the water. I have been working hard the past few weeks to make sure not to do that and to exhale as soon as I’m done inhaling. But my problem now is that I can’t seem to exhale properly. I can’t even get a half a length (using the kick board) inhaling and exhaling before I pop up out of the water in a mini freak out because my exhaling isn’t right. I can’t seem to get comfortable under water and I’ve tried everything. I don’t think it’s psychological (well, not entirely), I think it’s physical. Brian thought I might not be exhaling enough and that I still had carbon dioxide in my lungs and that’s what was making me come up for air. So then I’d try to exhale fully (or what I thought was fully) and it still didn’t work. I tried counting underwater to make sure I was taking my time and exhaling slowly (and to try to give myself something to think about besides the fact that I’m underwater), I tried exhaling short and fast, I tried doing it naturally – or what I thought was naturally, and nothing works. I pop up and need to breathe.
So with that being said, does anyone have any ideas? Any thoughts, tricks or suggestions? I need someone to help figure out what I’m doing wrong underwater and help me correct/fix it. I feel I’m coming to a make or break time and I need to round this corner. I’m BEYOND FRUSTRATED and DEMOTIVATED. I feel if I can’t crack this soon, I won’t have the motivation to keep trying. So I need to figure this out before I throw in the swim towel – pun intended!
Until next time,
Gotta run (or swim)