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November 4, 2013
Swimming is a pure body experience. Total immersion into the cold water takes my breath away-- makes me charge into physicality to maintain my inner warmth. The first length I can manage without even taking a breath. I consider breathing; every two stokes? One and a half strokes? matching internal demands for oxygenation with my breath. I pay attention to the ache of muscles and vary my strokes; kicking for leg strength, skulling for arms. Posture effects the efficiency of my kick and I focus on my back position. I smile at my ability to smoothly glide across the pool.