This morning I stepped into the swimming pool to complete my first set of Total Immersion drills. Having spent the last week digesting the theory, it was time to try it for myself.
The aim of this first drill was to practice my balance and to become more comfortable in the water. This involves setting the correct head position, laying on your back, tucking your arms in by your side and gently kicking your way down the pool. Whilst it sounds straightforward, it turns out to be slightly more involved than I first thought.
Having made my way up and down a few times, I still hadn’t become completely comfortable with the position. One of the key things I have taken from reading through the first few chapters is to make sure I am settled before moving on to the next drill and, particularly with these early basic techniques, it is really important to get my balance correct before I move onto anything more complicated. As such, I persevered and stuck with my simple drilling whilst the other pool users swam up and down.
And this presented a dilemma that I had not anticipated. As everyone else swam up and down, I was drilling slowly by the side of the pool. There was a part of me that suddenly regressed to a little child, not allowed to join in with all of the other kids. Why can’t I swim like everyone else? Why do I have to stay over here, plodding up and down, practicing? It’s not fair! I just want to swim.
Wow. I wasn’t expecting that.
Luckily, there is a very good reason for staying over at the side of the pool, practicing: better technique. It’s as simple as that. If I put in the work, I will reap the rewards; swimming faster and more efficiently. With a few more lengths under my belt I soon flipped back into a positive frame of mind and I ended up enjoying my drilling. I felt that I had started on the road to better swimming.
And that can’t be a bad thing now, can it?