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  • Swimming Lesson #35

    After a rather frustrating twenty minutes trying to get a taxi (the singular joy of watching your driver via an app, driving straight past the road you’re waiting on and then not bothering to come back until you cancel the booking) I got to Swish almost half an hour late for my lesson, and then […]

  • Swimming Lesson #34

    Another half hour today of nothing but freestyle. As I suggested a few weeks ago, there was going to be a tipping point where suddenly things got a lot easier, and we’ve now reached that point. I can reliably do two lengths (40 metres) without stopping, so now I have a nice strong base to […]

  • Swimming Lesson #33

    Today I did almost an hour of freestyle, and nothing else. Two weeks ago I did a 27 second length of the pool and today I couldn’t match that, veering between 30 and 36 seconds per length. We played around a lot with refining my stroke and my kick – I’m still kicking too much, […]

  • Swimming Lesson #32

    Things went much better than expected. The last time I swam was almost two weeks ago. Since then I’ve had a kidney stone, been to the hospital three times, stayed up too late last night and then got up at six this morning to put myself through a tough set of bodyweight exercises. On the […]

  • Swimming in the big pool

    I took the girls swimming this afternoon, and La Serpiente was being whiny and complaining that she had to carry her booster seat to the taxi. It got so bad that my wife told her she wasn’t getting any treats after swimming, so then I had to put up with twenty minutes of constant whining […]

  • Swimming Lesson #31

    I managed two lengths of the pool without a rest today, which was a big step up from before I went to Canada.

  • Swimming Lesson #30

    Today I had a fairly major achievemebt: I swam for 40 metres without stopping. Well, technically I swam one length of a 20 metre pool, and then swam straight back again, but that’s the furthest I’ve ever done in one go. Last weekend I swam eight lengths of a 25 metre pool, so in some […]

  • Swimming Lesson #29

    Today I spent about an hour in the pool. Half of that was freestyle, and when I was exhausted from that, we went onto backstroke, and then breaststroke. I still don’t have much stamina, but I can now do a length and a half (30 metres) of freestyle before I forget when to breathe and […]

  • Swimming Lesson #28

    So with another two week break, again it feels like I’m starting from scratch, and yet there have been some improvements. It begins to feel like Groundhog Swimming Lesson, where each week I’m getting slightly contradictory advice from what I thought I heard the previous lesson.

  • Swimming Lesson #26

    It’s been three weeks without swimming. Well, the one and a half laps I managed in Jakarta the week before last, and the two laps in Kuala Lumpur the week before that, and the visit to the Bay Of Lost Self Respect in Sentosa must count for something, but not much. On the other hand, […]