A Good Experience of Swimming Swimming has been my favorite sport since I was a kid. The reason might be I wanted to be a mermaid living at the sea because of the mermaid tales I had read. However, I joined the swimming team when I was in high school. During that period, our team joined a lot of large-scale and famous swimming competitions by Hong Kong Swimming Association. It helped me to meet with other athletes and learn from them. We could share our experience, and discuss about swimming techniques. I even found out the deeper meaning of swimming in the competition. ‘‘Four minutes thirty-seven seconds!
I did a good job, I came closer to my target. ’’ I said it in my mind. I still needed to pay much effort in the drill. Thus, I started training after school every day until after a couple of months, I noticed that even though I had been training every day, it could not help me keep up the speed of swimming for a longer period of time. Therefore, I thought that maybe I ignored some skills that could help me be able to swim faster in the water. Then, I went to the library to do more research on skills improvement, and watched various swimming videos. Yet, the information was not so useful for me.
This encouraged me to find someone to rectify my skills. After our team joined the club by Hong Kong Swimming Association, I started to have an intensive training with the other athletes. One of my teammates, Joy, was a swimming “killer” from another school. When I first met her, she wore a special swimsuit which was the award that she got as the champion at her individual swimming competition. As she wore a swimsuit, her tan and sturdy body was emphasized perfectly. Especially, she tied her honey-colored hair in a high ponytail with a yellow hair band. It made her more outstanding and refreshing.
Our friendship had established since we both were very enthusiastic about swimming. Finally, we even decided to create a team and joined the competitions. One day, I went to a sports store with Joy. We purchased several pieces of swimsuits. “A perfect swimsuit is very important to swimmer. ” She exclaimed. Usually 0. 01 seconds of time is the key to the win. Light, low-resistance, waterproof and quick drying materials can reduce the swimmer’s muscles and skin vibration, to help athletes to save energy. “To do a good job, people must first sharpen their tools,’’ I always believed that.
Then, we started our training, ‘‘Thirty seconds! Jess’’ Joy said and then she wrote down my times in a notebook by keeping track of my progress. Joy found out lack of ‘‘Endurance’’ was one of my problems, so she taught me how to hold my breath longer at my ‘‘First lesson. ’’ She told me that learning to hold my breath for longer periods of time could lessen the energy loses. After I practiced several times, we saw improvement of it obviously. My second problem was how to swim by decreasing drag, reducing the resistance can save the energy and to avoid the speed slow down. ‘ Keep the forearm strong during the catch and when you are retaining your forearm should be in the shape of an ‘S. ‘ Then, make sure there are no bubbles on your hands. ’’ she explained it to me very clearly and then she did several demonstrations for me and made sure I understood what exactly she meant. ‘‘Are you ready to lose? ’’ Joy joked. ‘‘Who will know? ’’ I said. Morning came fast, after we ate lunch, Joy and I were challenging with each other and I found out that was really efficient for me to improve my speed.
Especially, Joy is a good swimmer, even though I couldn’t surpass her but I still had a target when I swam. We fixed problems together, and through experience, we did good jobs every single time. I enjoyed the time that we had spent together and this experience has benefited me a great deal. That day came fast, it was an unusually hot day, and the clouds were shining like sliver-bright by the strong sunlight. I was shocked by the burst of chlorine and a heat of summer was surrounding me. The big drops of sweat had been slowly dripping on my forehead.
I was standing at the diving board and waiting for the ring. ‘‘Bee! ’’ I plunged into the pool; I felt a sudden breeze in my body when the cool water splashed on my face. My body was full of power like a fully charged battery. Suddenly, all of the swimming skills I had learned were passing through my mind in quick procession. I kept increasing the speed as fast as I could, before all my energy was consumed. The distance had gone a half, I already passed the task to Joy, and then she disappeared in the twinkling of an eye. After a while, I heard someone was yelling at the pool. ‘Help! Help! ’’ A girl was struggling with the water and yelling for help. I immediately caught her up; I jumped to the pool and then made a fastest and most effective way to rescue her. The lifeguard came up with her immediately, and then they did the emergency treatment for her instantly. The swimming pool was completely silenced, and it seemed that everyone was looking at waiting for the miracle to happen. After a while, the girl looked better and everyone cheered loudly. The swimming pool returned to its original liveliness.
The competition went on as scheduled, and we were rewarded what we deserved. After the swimming training, I have learned how to keep my endurance longer, how to reduce the resistance and how to sharpen a tool, before I do a good job. ‘’Yield twice the result with half the effort’’ is the shortcut to get ahead in thing more easily. All of them lead me to have a great step forward in my future swimming community. The most important thing is swimming is only a hobby for me, it is also a lifesaving sport because I can use the swimming skills I learned to save people lives.