So there's some work to do. I put more yards in last year than ever before. I did a lot of 4,000+ yard workouts. Most of that was on my own. I was still going to Masters in Rock Hill, but the last few months I had been swimming in my lane by myself. There are quite a few different group levels, and quite a few lanes in the pool. So consequently, there are not a lot of people in each group. So I'm ahead of the beginners, but not fast enough for anyone else.
I got the workouts, and they were great, but no instruction. I guess I was hoping that there would be more "coaching". There really was none of that. The people were great, and it did help me a lot last year, but I still felt like I needed more.
|Sans Bubble. Someday I will see this!|
So my friend, Melissa, at Inside Out Sports gave me Patty Waldron's email. I had meant to contact her at the beginning of the year, but I was a slacker. I finally got to meet her at fellow Big Sexy Brad's fundraiser, Bubbles for Bears. It was good to connect with her and put a face to the name. So shortly thereafter I showed up on a Wednesday in the middle of February.
|Bubbles for Bears with the Big Sexy Crew|
|8 Degrees and Fog|
|This could be fun to swim at in the summer|
Patty started instructing me from the get go. She runs the practices but she doesn't swim. She observes people and gives instruction along the way. She also explains the workout, gives encouragement, and yells at people to start intervals. I never swam growing up, so she is by far the most enthusiastic person about swimming that I have ever met.
|Summer, Summer, Summertime|
She even took a video of me one morning to show me had bad I was. Well, she didn't phrase it that way, but you get the point. I've also begun learning different strokes. Before Blakeney, I had never done anything other than freestyle. Now I'm actually learning breaststroke and the backstroke. No butterfly yet, we'll see.
|Bring your Equipment to the Bubble|
I did have to get a kickboard. Like I said, the facilities have a lot to be desired. So you bring your own paddles, buoy, kickboard, and fins. So I'm starting to get used to it now, and I'm really starting to enjoy it. I don't have to think about swim workouts. I just show up, and do the workout. There is usually 5 or 6 people in the lane, so I can just follow everyone else. I've never really circle swam before, so that's taken some getting used to. I'm always afraid I'll get in someone's way because I'm so slow. Luckily I seem to be able to hold my own during the kicks.
|Yeah, we do some serious kicking|