01 Oct #23 Fran “I can’t breathe!” (62 years young)/
I asked her, “If you ran around the block right now, would you hold your breath?”“No, I’d pass out!”“Well, don’t you think the same is true for swimming? You have to breathe.”“I’ve never thought about it that way. I just always assumed I was supposed to hold my breath. Is it really that easy?”
One of my clients just wrote a wonderful testimonial that read, “Kim has the right balance of being positive and patient while still managing to provide excellent swim instruction at the same time.” Patience. The story of my professional life. Patience. Deep breath, Kim. I needed to be aware of Fran’s limitations and put her health concerns before my pride. I reassessed her comfort level, slowed it down and worked on breathing while floating. Fran became an expert on both her front and her back!
Phew! We got back on track. At this point, I didn’t want Fran to over-exert herself, so I stuck my most favorite teaching aid ever on her- FINIS Fins! Of course, she absolutely loved them. When she put them on, they pulled her hips up, which helped get her body into the proper position, as she was otherwise a bit nervous and therefore stiff. She glided through the water, inhaling and exhaling. She even turned from front to back without worrying about (or freaking out about) her ears. Way to go, Fran! Happy retirement! Look at you…