Something is seriously not right with me these last few weeks? I have been waking up at 4:15am every Tuesday and Thursday for the last three weeks and am REALLY enjoying it? I KNOW? CRAZY, right? Well, let me clarify. The 4:15am wake up call is not what I am enjoying but the Master's swim classes that begin a short 45 minutes after the alarm beeps are what I am liking!
Let me explain in more detail: As I was deftly moving around the bedroom this morning with ninja-like dexterity trying not to wake the wifey - I saw my reflection in the mirror and something unusual made me take notice. No it was not the abundance of grey hair in my 3 day old beard or the dark circles surrounding my tired eyes. It was that I was smiling? AND I was smiling because I was going swimming!
Yep, that is right - I like swimming and this morning was the first time I let myself acknowledge this fact.
Now I get to the gym and jump into the pool and exchange some pleasantries with Coach Katie. I look up at the dry erase board and assume Katie is having a difficult morning because the 3000 yard workout is just loaded with kicks, pulls, and builds - she is trying to hurt us is all that I can assume! Midway through the butt kicking Coack Katie tells me that my swimming is looking, "Strong today"! I look over my shoulder to make sure she was indeed speaking to me and not someone else and lo and behold I am the only one in the lane. She then tells me that I am ready to learn how to do a Flip Turn.
Now I have never attempted a flip turn in my life. I always just assumed that a Flip Turn was something that only really good swimmers did and they had a super secret club that taught them how to do these Flip Turns I even rationalized to myself that this group of swimmers probably even had like a cool secret handshake too!
Well today was my initiation into club because Katie showed me how to do this elusive Flip Turn! I pretty much looked like I was having epileptic seizures my first few attempts. The group had a couple good chuckles as my nose seemed to be sucking in more water than the new massive skimmer, A Whale, in the Gulf. But after a few more attempts I started to figure it out. Still have a lot of practice to get it right but in a weird way I feel like I entered the exclusive Flip Turn Club - maybe on Thursday they will show me the handshake?
Here is a good video of how to do Flip Turns:
Thanks for Reading,