It's 11:09 PM. Can I write a post and publish it by 11:30?
"I always though that my extra weight added
to my buoyancy in the water and you would think that helps with swimming. At
least I think so."
Izzy my friend, your comment from the Leisel Jones post made me laugh. Why? Because swimming with too much buoyancy is not a good thing.
I've been swimming for so long that I don't remember what it is like to not have the ability to float. Swimmers need the flexibility to swim at any depth, on the surface, just under the surface or a few feet below. For most swimmers, this is easily achieved by regulating the amount of air in your lungs. Want to go to the bottom of the pool without any effort? Just blow all the air out of your lungs and you'll drop to the bottom. Rapidly.
I joined the local masters swim club in 2011 and I'm loving it. I'm a little self-conscious in a swim suit with my overweight physique - but I hold my head high and work as hard as I can. But there is one challenging issue that has come up since I started swimming again and it has to do with all the extra weight I'm currently carrying.
Holy moly, it is difficult to swim underwater. When our coach tells us to swim 25 m underwater, I find that I unintentionally pop to the surface at the 12-15 m mark. With practice, I've figured out that in order to swim underwater for the full length I must angle my body towards the bottom of the pool.
Another milestone to look forward too - the time when I will have full control over my ability to swim at any depth.
It's 11:30, time to go to bed! With editing, 11:36... Not bad...