This section of my website used to be dedicated to triathlon training, personal race results and certification reviews, like Turbo Kick. I am expanding it to include more generic health & fitness topics. Also, I talk a lot about "D" -- he's my husband (Dave Liu)!

Friday, June 27, 2003

Not Exactly Aquaman...

On Wednesday, 6/25/03, I took Terri's Step II class at PAFY, but skipped the weights section to go swimming.

I haven't swam in a while and was shocked at how difficult it was. I did four laps of front crawl at what I thought was a leisurely pace but I ended up gasping for air. Maybe it's because I breathed every four strokes so I ended up holding my breath for quite a while. I switched to breast stroke after my leg started to cramp up (should remember to strech more after step). I find that I can do breast stroke almost indefinitely, but it will be too slow for a triathlon. Plus it requires excessive leg movement and I'd like to save my legs for the bike ride and running.

My legs felt like they were sinking until I finally remembered to tilt my body downwards as though I were "swimming downhill". I also tried to keep my head down instead of looking ahead - but that was what I was taught to do many moons ago and it's hard to break old habits.

I left the pool after an exhausting and mere 20 minutes. Sheesh. I have my work cut out for me.

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