Some of you have commented on deep water running or fitness classes, so I thought I'd do a quickie post, since I went to my first deep water running class today.
Let me start by saying that it's nothing like land running.
Nothing at all.
But, it isn't quite as hideous as swimming.
Except that you have this flotation belt that you have to wear. And you tether yourself (yes.... tether... with a long elastic) to the buoy line.
And lemme tell ya… you have to get that flotation belt good and tight. I thought I had it on pretty well... but no...
Damn thing came sliding up... and the front of my bathing suit went sliding down (pulled downwards by all the floatation stuff pulling upwards in the back.)
So, there was a lot of ... adjusting... going on all class. Those flotation thingys are hard to tighten when they're wet.
As for the actual moves, it wasn't bad... except that I wanted to actually run.
Despite not having done much in the way of distance, we can safely say that I'm in all out withdrawal at the moment... Not having run a step so far this month... (I can't believe it's me writing that! Good grief. Who is that at the keyboard and what have they done with Sarah?!)
Anyway, if you try to run normally in a pool, it doesn't really work out so well... The technique is different.
As it happens, this was the last class of the semester, so I'm not going to have a chance to practice again until January.
Anyway… I guess it’s back to “swimming like a rock”, as Z. puts it.
(BTW, thanks to CM for the tip on hair and swimming caps. Smearing conditioner all over your hair from roots to end before putting on the swimming cap totally worked. Good tip.)