was reading this interesting article from the post today about how the dolphin kick (a kick developed by some physicist who worked on the atomic bomb) makes you swim insanely faster. and it made me think of a question i've been to ask for ages: why is swimming SO FUCKING HARD?
i'm a runner, obviously, and have been for a long time. i can run long distances fairly easily. i like to think my lung capacity is decent, especially since i've given up smoking. so, why do i goddamn near die every time i try to attempt a half lap?
this became really evident last weekend at the pool (yes, i go there mostly to tan and read trashy magazines and drink bourbon lemonades, but also to use the lanes to do laps. or attempt laps). i jumped in, excited for some different exercise other than running, and then by the end of one lap i was gasping for air.
am i breathing wrong? just bad at swimming? tinier lung capacity than i thought? i suppose i should take some proper swimming lessons if i ever really want to do this seriously as an exercise.
next up in series of Sports Catherine Is Bad at: yoga! haven't done it yet, but plan on it soon. hilarity and embarrassment to ensue.