… thank you very much.
I was inspired to finally hit the pool again today. I’ve been wanting to for a while, but just didn’t muster up the gumption to get over there after a workout yet. ‘Til today.
I caught some shows this morning dealing with diving, looking for underwater treasure–Megalodon teeth and such… you know how it is. And watched a video from IN-SEA TV where they were spearfishing and free-diving in Florida and Mexico. So, yeah… had to get some wet time.
Before heading over to the Y, I did a quick five minutes of one- and two-handed swings with the 24 kg kettlebell. Only a few with the left hand; my shoulder seemed to be tweaking a bit when I did it, so quickly made the two-handed swings the mainstay.
Then the “wellness” pool at the YMCA, because it was open swim all day, today. I set my watch for 30 minutes, and basically stayed in the water the whole time. I only grabbed the side twice, and only for long enough to first, take off my snorkel (I think I may need a better one–this one kinda gets in my way), and then later, to put it back on.
Most of my time was spent treading water or swimming around under the water-go down the bottom, cruise around, head back up for a few breaths, then back down–that sort of thing. I also practiced clearing and breathing through the snorkel. I can do it, but it actually feels like effort. Which is weird. I need more practice apparently, or to be doing something to take my mind off of it. It’s been a long time since I’ve been snorkeling out in the real world, and I don’t remember it being an effort like that.
I remember the same feeling, though, when I got my SCUBA cert; after doing everything on snorkel, switching to SCUBA was like magic. It was so easy and relaxing, I almost fell asleep underwater.
I do and have done lots of breath work over the years (with various disciplines such as Aikido, Qigong, Systema, meditation, etc., not to mention just regular old hard breathing from exercise), so maybe this is one more thing to help out getting better breathing. I know of a device that simulates breathing resistance that is said to help asthmatics, and it’s a bit like using the snorkel, just not in the water.
One of the nice things I’ve read about breath-hold (apnea) diving is that it actually increases oxygen usage capability in the brain. That’s pretty cool.
Anyway… though I stayed most of the time in the deep end, I hit the lanes a couple of times for lap practice. I wanted to practice my “combat swim stroke,” a US Navy SEAL swim stroke used by combat swimmers for prolonged swimming with minimal exertion. It’s a variation of the side stroke, basically.
After my thirty minutes of free swimming, I swam over to the jets on the side of the pool (which had to suffice for us in the days before they built the jacuzzi), and then slid down the little water slide they have there. Then back to the locker room for steam, sauna and jacuzzi time. Yay! 🙂
I had intended on heading over to the University for fencing practice. Ankle is much better, though still not great for springing and lunging, but I thought I might just hang there and add some of my observations to the mix. Didn’t make it in time, alas.
All in all, I can tell that I need more kbell swings, and more water time.