Yesterday was my first swim practice in almost three weeks, and of the fall short course season. The thing I find most interesting about the return from long breaks is that water only feels like water after you have been away from it for a while. Otherwise, it feels like chocolate pudding. Or better yet, sand.
Water that feels like water is thin. You push against it, it lets your arm slip right through.
Water that feels like chocolate pudding is thick. You push against it, it pushes back.
The ideal feel of swimming was once described to me as similar to elbow-crawling through sand, like you see on military obstacle courses. No wonder swimming is such a lat-focused movement.
I celebrated the return to swimming and thin water with several much needed new suits. One is a metallic turquoise mermaid print suit lined in pink - so not me and I love it!