Swim Time: Clarity time

I hope one day running can give me as much clarity as swimming does.

With swimming, the challenge is always at the start: staring into the pool, tip-toe around, and dip the legs into the icy cool pool. Living in a tropical country and swimming at an outdoor pool where sun shinning down bright, I only get icy cool water.

So I start off by walking in the pool for two laps. Thereafter I plunge my entire body into the water and it feels like being trapped five hundred feet under north pole. Unbelievable. Perhaps the clarity that swimming gives me  comes from every aspect, and I am sure the icy cold water contributed in freezing up my brain, and makes it work better somehow?

Underneath the pool is a paradise of its own
Underneath the pool is a paradise of its own

So, no music and no chit-chat in the water. If you don’t park yourself next to the railing at the swimming pool, there is basically no chatting during your swim time. I mean you cannot possibly ask someone “how’s your day?” while doing a butterfly push, yes? That is precisely why I love to swim – cut the crap and all the socialising. In my entirely adulthood, I have probably been to a pool with someone else less than five times, and regret it later. So much talking, so little action.

The best part about swim time should be swim time. It should be the feeling when you are pulling your hand back and kicking yourself forward. It should be those moments when you keep trying hard and feeling your muscles harden in order to propel you forward. Lovely! And don’t allow long time gap between laps, it will wear off your strength. 

What better time to THINK than during swimming? Icy cold water and hardworking muscles provide such strong background to echo the thoughts in your head, it helps to organize all the pieces from yesterday, arranging the puzzle nicely through the lens. 

Looking forward, you can almost always see the other end of the pool. Finish line is never out of sight, though sometimes it looks far away, but I always know I will reach there, never once I stop in the middle of the pool. Never! (Unlike running, my mind weaken so fast!) It is during swim time I learn about breathing right, and why it is so important. Unlike running (again), I never fail to reach my goal at swim, if I set out 20 laps, I will finish a full 20 laps, somehow it never seems like an option to chicken out once the goal is set, and that, has to do with my awesome swimming instructor. I’ll tell you about him in another entry, yes? I assure you it is a good story. I owe so much to a man whom I hardly can remember his name. 

When I’m done with my goal, I like to do several relaxing back stroke laps looking up into the sky, checking out the birds, and the neighbours. Floating aimlessly is such a luxury after a hard session. 

I love to run, but only during swim time I am utterly focus and strive for the next best stroke. I love how it is completely relaxing. 
My mind wonders around during swim time, and often produces good result. Today’s forty-five minutes and twenty laps later, I have 3 blogging ideas in hand and solved a writing hiatus. Swimming is good for me (and you).

What’s your favourite do during downtime?

Till then, take care.

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游泳, 是我非常喜欢的一项运动。但是说把它单纯的当作运动也不太对,游泳对我的意义而言,是能给我宁静时刻的一种享受。我在游泳时能天马行空想很多事情,也能专心一致解决心里的矛盾,因为在水里,除了自己的心跳以外,并没有其它杂物,所以我说,我希望有一天,跑步也能让我有这种思想放空到极致专心的能力。

其实,每次开场都让我心惊胆跳,因为游泳池里的水真的很冷。因为本身怕冷,所以无论在任何天气,游泳池里的水对我来说都像是南极冰海,但也许就是这种极致的冷,让我的脑袋在水里比较集中。我喜欢肌肉在水里紧绷拉着我前进,看着并不太远的终点永远是一种享受。我游泳时意志坚定,从来不曾半途停下来,说好的圈数不曾做不到,可是跑步却刚刚好相反;很多时候对于自己设定下的目标哩数并无法完成,让我相信其实,很多事情是必须长期训练才能变成身体和脑袋里一种自然反应。我十岁就开始学游泳,多年来有机会就往泳池跳,就连现在住的公寓都是看中了莫大的游泳池才买下来的。我对游泳的坚持,得归功于我的游泳教练,下一回再聊关于这位英雄。

虽然我喜欢游泳,但我并不喜欢在游泳池里赖着不走;游泳对很多人来说就是和朋友嬉水玩乐谈天几个小时,可是我大约只做过少过十次这样的活动。我讨厌泡在水里不动,然后花几个小时聊天;因此我永远推搪一起游泳的活动。其实心里明白,我喜欢游泳,因为它是一项单人嗜好,并不需要依赖他人来和你一起完成,这样的运动能让自己依自己喜欢的速度和态度来完成,也是思考的好时机。

你喜欢单人嗜好吗?

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