I started swimming a couple months ago at LACC. I needed to sign up for a class so that i could be accountable to something outside of me to get me to the pool. After 10 years of not swimming, everything came back right away. It felt good to work out my entire body and breath rhythmically. Swimming is the bestest exercise ever. And for folks who may have trouble with their joints or feel over weight, swimming and water aerobics is really light on the body.
Today i finally got to the point where my body was asking me to do something on my own. So i searched for the closest neighborhood pool and found the Echo Park Pool. I didn’t know what to expect bc some pools can be dark, dirty, and small. But this pool was really nice. The locker rooms were big and the pool had about 10 lanes for lap swimming. The deck was huge and they have equipment for people to use. I paid $2.00 by showing them my library card and bam! i got my work out on.
I started swimming when i was 5 or something. Back then my father use to take us camping. We would end up at lakes, rivers, and pools. I became use to the water at an early age. Sometime in middle school, my mom put me in a swim class where i learned a few things, like jumping off a scary, tall ass diving board. When i got to high school i figured i would join the swim team. I started swimming competitively my 9th grade year and swam all 4 years. My senior year i was captain of the team, taught swimming classes at the YMCA, and became a lifeguard. My swimming workout was at least a mile worth of laps.
Today i swam a little more than half a mile. Im gonna get back up to a mile but its gonna take a few months worth of practice. Im really happy i found this pool nearby. I even found one of the LACC swim instructors there.
When I was a kid I never really learned how to play any sports. Im really happy that I found swimming bc it feels amazing. I really enjoy it and a big part of me wants to teach swimming again. Maybe even coach a high school team in the future. I use to teach babies, screaming kids, teenagers, and adults how to swim when i was 17. I feel i could teach anyone. Since Im gonna be outta work soon, i think i might just start offering swim lessons. Anyone want swim lessons?
Anyways, i’m always filling up my time with things and now swimming has come back to my life. Im gonna keep swimming for as long as i can. One day I’m gonna be an old wrinkly lady and be the fast swimmer you ever did see.