Life is full of irony it seems. 

You wanted to lose some fat, you ended up with lots of excess skins
When you watch your diet, but ended up carbo-loading like hell prior to the marathons 
You want to live healthier and run for passion, you ended driving so far to races
You want to just run everyday, feel the cool air in your hair, but ended up with ITBs, shin splints etc
... etc etc etc

And today, Nik Arief illustrated to us that wearing a wet suit adds bouyancy in the water (and swim a lot faster) which will definitely help my weak water threading. For a moment, I felt my prayers for fear of the open water swimming was answered.
The irony? I will be confined to swim in foreign waters only, with certain seawater temperatures as it is banned in Malaysia (talk about excuses for family travels... ehehe). Not bad if I have few riban ringgits to burn, and not succumbing to few months of cream crackers' diet.

Today, we had our swim drills after a week's absence. Coach Eric dished out 10x100m swim, with flipturns on every laps. After warming up, he watched us as we swim 4 strokes, and turn, and continue swimming on. That was relatively easy.

Then comes the wall drill - how to approach the wall, when to flip and all the things involved during the flippings, turning/twisting, and power projectile as we propel off the wall. 
For the record - I have no coordination skills whatsoever. Thank goodness my wife is not into dancing.

All the drills are better explained in the water more than in blog, so I'll save time writing and spend more time practising.

The hardest part for today was when our drill started. It proves that my breathing is still sporadic. Like pacing, I need to know when will be the last breath before the approach and the distance. A swimmer need to practice to know this by heart.
98% of my approaches and projection either ended in stopping half way, or almost drown under water. It seemed that the effort taken during the swim spared little energy required to flip and push me off the wall, and the time needed to recover into the normal swims.

As much as today was enlightening, I felt crappy.

Now, it all sounds like complaining, but it is just a step. I complained a lot when I first picked up running... breathing was hard, it was raining, I almost puke etc etc etc. I just need to get on the groove.


ziff71 said…
Syah, for me, who is still struggling to do a 50m front crawl non stop, u swim like a pro, no kidding! The thing is (tok poco-poco, pinjam kejap yer phrase nie), positive minded ppl would naturally want to get to a higher level. When is the next POS/bricks? :D
amsyah said…
eseymen... thanks ziff... kau buat aku rasa nak balik swimming sekarang jugak heheheh

jangan lupa eye patch, kita jumpa kat dataran
Diket said…
It's a traffic jam when you're already late
It's a no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
And isn't it ironic... don't you think
A little too ironic... and yeah I really do think...

Good to go bro!
June Malik said…
one day without u even realising, you will be doing all things right ! dont give up !
Julin Julai said…
I wanna write something smart but I dunno squat about swimming.
But, you go bro!
*thumbs up*
Puisan said…
coolness...where do you do your swim drills?
my swimming currently sucks...big time.
am hoping to bump my training up a notch....but dunno how!
I think you are doing well, keep it up, syah!
IJAM said…
ikan duyung yg perempuan tu dah ada yg punya belum? tak larghi ke esok? guano mu...
..::EnAikAY::.. said…
Jom turun PD weekend ni.. bawak peralatan underwater skodeng sama ye!

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