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September 26, 2011
by Erin B

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.

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  1. September 30, 2011 8:15 am

    The secret of the flippers is to kick up and down with them, not out. They can be quite handy once you get the hang of them, but totally unnecessary for the pool!

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