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1 Jan 2013 – 5 km swim in 2 hours 10 minutes :-D


The last time I swam 100 laps was at least half a lifetime ago, if not longer. I used to swim everyday when I was in Secondary School (nothing better to do; plus I was too ugly to date though I was distracted enough by boys, ha ha).

Hell, I wasn’t sure if I could do it this afternoon. The last time I attempted a long distance swim – probably about a year ago – I made it to 60 laps. I stopped due to exhaustion and pain. Granted, I went much slower this time. I was nowhere near breathless nor was I even breathing heavily. Neither were my limbs aching like the last time.

I started advanced swim classes a month ago and have been working on achieving a more streamlined profile in the water and fine-tuning my technique. Sure, I can already swim pretty well, but I wanted to be a stronger swimmer, and I wanted to pick up the butterfly stroke again.

Who knew these relatively minor tweaks made such a difference? While I no longer possess youthful stamina and brute strength, I now make up with better posture and technique. And, I’ve gotten fitter in the last one year from maintaining a busy exercise regime comprising mostly yoga, weekly dance which was replaced with Muay Thai when my preferred dance class – street jazz – was no longer available (hip hop was not ideal because of the repetitive stress on my knees), roller-blading and occasionally swimming on the weekends. I’ve also focused on gaining greater body awareness in all the activities, rather than just building aerobic fitness.

What made it a challenge though, was persevering and holding on until the 100th lap. As my yoga teachers like to say, you can do anything if you just put your mind to it.

And I will need willpower more than anything else to make it through 2013.


Written by The Intimate Stranger

January 1st, 2013 at 9:39 pm

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