I have always loved swimming. I never swam competitively, but I grew up going to the pool with my family often. At age 17 I became a lifeguard/swim instructor at Steiner Aquatic Center. Yeah, picture me in a red swimsuit, glasses and a tank, a killer tan and sun-bleached hair...that was me! I have always liked swimming breaststroke best and I have learned to do freestyle pretty fast over the years. BUT, to my embarrassment, I have never been able to do a flip-turn! I tried learning a couple of times, but to no avail. Mostly I felt like an idiot trying. You can look pretty stupid doing flips under water, kicking off into the pool nowhere near the wall and coming up coughing and choking on water that streamed up your nose while you were flailing around. This was especially embarrassing with my fellow lifeguards watching from the lifeguard stand. I gave up.
I have been swimming with my friend Audra since August three times a week at 6:30 am. It's been great! We're amazed that we are still going, even swimming through December and January with temperatures in the low forties. There aren't any people to impress anymore... and I got over the embarrassment and practiced. This week I mastered it - I can officially do a flip turn consistently. Flip turn...check!