Several years back I wanted to do my first Triathlon. But alas swimming was a bit weak for me. I was very confident at the cycling and running part. But the swimming was my achilles heal.
Growing up I’d taken swimming lessons and even passed my life saving awards. But I wasn’t fast or pretty and I always felt like I was struggling through the water.
Living in Australia where swimming is the national sport I felt I would watch everyone fly through the water doing freestyle and flip turns. Where as I was happy to do my lengths all breast stroke.
One day at the pool I asked a guy who seamed to be ripping along how he swam so well. His response was, “I hate swimming its really hard. Im exhausted”. Well I wasn’t expecting that.
On the drive home I thought there’s got to be an easier way. Swimming is such a great form of exercise. It should be fun.
Plus I really wanted to enter this triathlon and do well.
So I began searching the web. What I found transformed my swimming life and I now officially love swimming.
The answer was Total Immersion swimming technique. Created by Terry Laughlin.
It taught me that swimming is 90% swimming technique and 10% exertion. Mostly a calm focused mind.
A SWIMMING MEDITATION – I love it.
Have a look at this video to see the grace of swimming the Total Immersion way.
Total Immersion is a finely tuned focusing meditation exercise that glides you through the water.
Once the only thing I used to think about in the pool was getting from one end to the other. Now I enjoy the glide. Balanced and smoothly moving through the water with a sense of peace.
Swimming exercise and a focused meditation.
I did my triathlon and can honestly say that the swimming element has become an enjoyable part of the race.
Wishing you all Health Vitality and Happiness