This evening was my first stroke improvement class at the local pool. It was… OK. Mostly just assessing what level everyone is at. I think I did OK.
Until the flippers.
I have never used flippers before. Everyone one else in the class loved them.
I didn’t. It was like trying to swim with a boat anchor tied to my feet. I could NOT go anywhere. The kept bashing together every kick and add too much resistance. It was horrible.
We didn’t do anything that was hard, but I couldn’t even swim a quarter lap with them on. I had a flutter board and I couldn’t swim with them on. It was the most uncomfortable I have felt in the water since I was 8 years old. Everyone else could pretty much triple their distance. I sank like a stone.
At home tonight, by thigh muscles are killing me. I can swim 10 laps, I can bike all the way across town and back with a kid as dead weight on my bike, but five minutes with the flippers (less than a 1/4 lap in the time the other guys did 6 laps) and my thighs are sore. To be fair, I likely kicked enough to do six laps. I just didn’t go anywhere.
All in all, I was in the pool for an hour and I’m looking forward to the next class. I just home they leave the darn flippers in the guard room.