5 Things I Learned At My First Swim Drill Class

Hello, hello everyone!

I hope your week is going well. Yesterday marked the end of my internship in Indianapolis, but the exciting part is that I am officially employed as the Digital Communications Assistant! You’re in luck, Indy, because I’m not going anywhere. There are so many places (coffee shops!) I have yet to explore. I love it!

I have been feeling so sluggish after being banned from most forms of cardio for the past three weeks. I went back to the foot doctor today, and I have a while longer on my cardio ban. My foot is still bothering me unfortunately. 😦

I’m starting to stress a little bit, because I am signed up to run the WDW Half Marathon in January. Foot, please heal a little faster!

Yesterday, I finally got the nerve to go swim! I decided to sign up for the swim portion of a triathlon training class, because I figured some structure would be a good idea. (*No current plans to compete in a triathlon.)

I arrived to the class at 5:20 a.m. which meant I had to leave my house at 4:55 a.m. I had a nice view of the stars and the moon on the way… The things I am willing to do for a little exercise!

Swimming. Is. Hard. I think the time time I ever swam a lap was when I was 12…

With that, here are five things I learned at my first swim drill class.

1. It’s okay to be a beginner.

Nothing is worse than pretending to be an expert. I made sure to tell the instructor that I hadn’t swam laps in years, and that I have a stress fracture. (Sympathy card, haha) I’m sure she would have quickly figured out that I wasn’t an experienced swimmer, but I felt better explaining myself to her.

2. Do not watch others.

If you need to figure out how to do a drill, watch the person that knows what she is doing. But, other than that, do not watch others. Just focus on the drill and working on your technique. It quickly gets frustrating when you’re watching someone else, and they seem to be doing the drill perfectly and effortlessly. Think about the drill and how you can improve!

3. Have an open mind.

Trust the instructor. If she tells you to try something that seems silly, try it anyway especially if you are a beginner. Maybe that technique will really help you lengthen your body. Just go for it.

4. Ask questions.

Listen when your instructor explains the drill, but don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s extremely frustrating to not really understand the drill and have stand up in the middle, because you actually have no idea what you’re doing. Chances are that someone else doesn’t understand either. If you keep choking on water, ask about that!

5. Just keep swimming.

Dory can’t remember a lot of things, but she always gets this motto right! No one is perfect. Even those who seem to have the drill perfected struggle. As the instructor said, you can become really confident with the stroke or drill and then something happens that throws you off. Just keep swimming, and eventually, you will improve.

I’ll be swimming every Tuesday and Thursday through the end of the month and am excited to see how my freestyle improves! I also got approved to use a stationary bike with no resistance. Yay for cardio options!

Questions of the Day

  • Have you ever taken a swim drill class? What did you think the most challenging part was?
  • What is your favorite motivational quote?

4 Ways to Make Your Commute Entertaining (and 4 Things to Never Do)

Hello, hello! Thanks for stopping by!

I started off my morning with an egg white omelet, raspberries and a tall glass of water.
Omelet and raspberries

Last night, I made a batch of mini cupcakes to bring to the cookout we are having at work today, so I felt liked I needed an extra-healthy start to my day. I may or may not have sampled some of the batter, the frosting and the finished product. Hey, I needed quality assurance!

After loading up on my veggies and fruit this morning and taking my multivitamin, I feel much better. I’m finally over my sugar rush!

Now it’s time for me to commute to work. I live about 25 miles away from the office, so my drive takes anywhere from 35 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic. The morning usually has less traffic than the evening.

I have been doing this for over two months now, so I’m becoming a pro at different ways to keep myself occupied.

How to Entertain Yourself While Commuting

1. Listen to the radio

Mix it up. Don’t always listen to one station; it will get too repetitive. I listen to XM radio, and I’m constantly listening to different stations: pop hits, country, Christian, coffee shop, oldies, etc. Switch it up to broaden your musical palette!

2. Learn something new

Whether it is listening to your local or national news to stay informed or listening to a podcast or YouTube video over your car speakers, listen to something that will inform you. Just because you are driving doesn’t mean you have to turn off your brain!

Some of my favorite podcasts include are The Digital Exec by SpinWeb (marketing, hosts interviews with industry experts) and Balanced Bites (nutritional, focused on Paleo).

3. Call your friends and family

Looking for the perfect time to talk to a family member or friend? Your commute is that perfect time! Oftentimes, I call someone in my family while driving home from work. It makes the time fly by in a way that is enjoyable.

4. Record voice memos

If you come up with a brilliant idea for something, don’t try to write it down or type it in your notepad on your phone. Recording a voice memo is much safer for you and the drivers around you! You can listen and write down your idea once you get home.

What You Should Never Do While Commuting

  1. DO NOT TEXT. I wish everyone would stop texting and driving. It is not safe and definitely not worth it. Check out this infographic outlining some statistics.
  2. No putting on makeup. I understand putting on a little eyeliner or lip gloss while at a stop light, but putting on foundation and mascara while driving is just scary. This isn’t safe! Please stop! Take an extra two minutes before leaving your house or do this in the parking lot at work.
  3. Stop wearing headphones. I am so confused about this one. Since when did this become legal? If you have headphones in, how will you hear the ambulance or firetruck coming in an emergency?
  4. Don’t disrespect other drivers. Stop honking, flipping the bird and cutting people off. It’s not nice. If someone needs over because the exit is there, please let them over. You will not save that much time! Just have common courtesy!
Question of the Day:
  • Do you commute to work? If so, what do you do to make the time pass by?