Splashing Out Again

Today we visited our local Olympic-sized pool again, but I have to rely on this picture from my archives. My new phone refuses to converse with my computer. I have visited the shop I got it from twice, and when they plug in to their computer it says, ‘Yes, Master, I see the camera. Your orders, Master?’ Plug into mine, and it refuses to dignify the action with any response whatsoever.

Anyway, I thought I would totally annoy the Northern Hemisphere Freezers by relating that it was a magical summer day here. I started it with a splash in our pool (I am only just back to doing a bit of swimming on the spot for exercise again after recent indispositions) but later we took a drive to the public pool and after a brief decision-making pause I joined the kids in it. The water gave warm caresses so I stayed in for some time and surprised myself by doing quite a bit of swimming.

I am trying, for the first time in my life and after watching all the lessons the kids have received, to do it properly. My breaststroke and backstroke are starting to come into shape.

With the former I still have to resist doing an arm movement rather like rowing a boat instead of the modern point-scoop-and-feed with its rise and nodding head.

My crawl needs an awful lot of work.

My butterfly is hopeless. All that happens is that my bottom flaps up and down. There is a lot of splashing, but forward momentum doesn’t happen.

Anyway, I will keep at it, and it shows that you can teach ancient hounds new tricks.

© March 2018 Colonialist

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies.
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15 Responses to Splashing Out Again

  1. Wish I’d have been able to swim properly, I did manage to swim 25 yards once when at school and we had to, I just couldn’t get the hang of doing it properly. Missed out on a lot, made sure my children learnt to swim properly.


  2. Colline says:

    Soon you will be racing with your granddaughters. Enjoy the lovely warm weather.


  3. Well done for getting back in the pool, but, clearly, your technology does not regard you as a Master 🙂


  4. Calmgrove says:

    Butterfly seems like a pointless and exhausting stroke. (Why do it? Because you can?) However the others seem elegant and efficient when executed well, so kudos to you for persevering with acquiring the perfect technique. 🏊


  5. Tokeloshe says:

    I miss outdoor pools, about as much as I miss tidal pools. We have outdoor pools, but it has to be quite warm to swim and then they are packed. Enjoy!


  6. Gastradamus says:

    Swim like a butterfly, float like a bee. Very good exercise indeed. Come on by, you have been dearly missed. We’ve got a lot of new material, including our new short called Ready Freddy, hope to see you there

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    • Calmgrove says:

      Float like a bee?! Having seen honey bees floundering in water I can confirm it’s not what I would consider floating. But then I ain’t seen a butterfly swim neither! Muhammed Ali got it right I think! But I liked the image you conjured up, like Lewis Carroll’s Rocking Horseflies…


  7. The warm weather and the swim both sound divine.
    Sorry about the phone, Android yes? I’m sure the shop will have given you lots of advice, so apologies if I’m doubling up or sticking my oar in when not wanted.

    First I’d try a different usb point on the PC, second, if possible, try a different usb cable just in case yours is faulty.

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