I would like to share with you a few truths about swimming:
- Although I will be the first person to acknowledge that putting on a swim suit can be nothing short of mental torture, the fact is that once you're in the water, only your head and shoulders are visible. So jump in quickly!
- There are no rules - you don't have to do anything you don't want to. Not comfortable with putting your face in the water and trying to breathe? Then don't. You don't have toooooo! Make this fun. If all you want to do is grab a kickboard or a pool noodle and kick up and down the length of the pool 10 times, then go for it!
- You don't know how to breathe underwater? No problem. You don't have to swim any particular stroke - the back and side strokes are working just fine for me. I don't stress over that whole "breathing while swimming" thing, I rarely suck down water the wrong way (ok, sometimes it happens, usually because I get overly exuberant with my kicking), and I'm still getting in a good workout.
- No one is paying any attention to what you are doing. Case in point: while using the kickboard, I do a lot of different things. I kick, sprint, straight-leg kick, bicycle kick - basically I do whatever entertains me. It also feels like I'm using different muscles when I vary the style of kicks. So far no one has reported me to the pool police.
- Even though I thought it was the height of nerdiness, a swim cap has, surprisingly, become a necessity to me. Why? Well, not only does it keep my hair off of my face (and out of the pool), but you can create this awesome "seal" over your ears, so the water doesn't get in. Makes for doing the back stroke much more pleasant.
- If you think you might continue with swimming, just go ahead and buy a 100% polyester swimsuit now. You'll save yourself the frustration of having your favorite "pretty" suit destroyed by chlorine. RIP purple suit, RIP black suit.
- Although not nearly as much fun as running outfits, you CAN coordinate your pool ensemble. Here's my latest creation, with my absolute favorite swim suit - as you know, I've tried several, and this one works great - high neckline (no cleavage and no drag)(have I mentioned that I swim sandwiched between young kids and old people?), 100% polyester, lined, and it's supposed to retain its color with the chlorine. We'll see about that, but my dad will be happy to know that I marked down the date of when I started wearing it (he dates his clothes so he knows when they are worn out)(he also dates light bulbs)(usually dinner, sometimes a movie) so I will report back to you on that in the future.
Ocean Moderate Lap Suit - I bought it here.