I am in the middle of a huge swim block these days. Today I swam for the 3rd time this week with two more swims to go. I've been working a lot on my technique, and I'm really starting to feel like a swimmer.
Except for one thing...
Yep, I'm pretty much terrified of flip turns. The funny thing is what scares me is not getting water up my nose, or scraping my back on the bottom of the pool. No, I'm scared of getting seasick!! I get motion sickness VERY easily. If I'm flying, I automatically take Dramamine, no matter what. Even in the car, I have to be very careful. (Actually, just writing about it is making me feel a little off. But that might be the wine. Or all of the cookies I ate today.) Sometimes when I'm doing a lot of slow drills in the pool I feel that feeling coming on, so I've been very reluctant to add flip turns into my swims.
But as I have improved, I feel a little silly not doing flip turns. I know as a triathlete it is not all that important since there are no walls in open water swim (thank God), BUT I do feel like in the pool flip turns help sustain momentum that can be lost at the wall. My husband and I got into a fairly heated discussion about this, but I refuse to admit that I am wrong. Please don't take sides unless you want to side with me. Thank you very much.
Anyway, today I decided to look fear in the eye and say, "Flip you!"
The first one didn't happen. I chickened out at the wall, and actually said "Chicken" out loud.
The second one was not pretty, that's for sure. The flip part was fine, but somehow when I pushed off the wall I went sideways and almost ran into the side of the pool. Fortunately, no one else was swimming in my lane.
The third one caused me an immense amount of pain because I got so much water up my nose, I'm pretty sure it came out of my eyes. Really.
The fourth one was much better...no water up the nose, I went straight off the wall (mostly), but was still having problems coordinating my arms.
After a few more I started to kind of get it. That's not to say I didn't have that momentary panic every single time I knew the flip was coming. Also, the breathing is a little tricky. Breathe too soon and you are gasping by the first pull, breathe to late and water up the nose.
I only attempted one in the deep end. For some reason that scares me a little bit more. At one point today, the man swimming next to me asked me if I swam competitively in college. After my big-eyed double take, I decided he must be trying to curry favor since he knows I am the tri coach at the Y. Clearly, I don't have any idea what I am doing!!
I have another swim tomorrow. Hopefully that one will be flippin' great too.