I can flip a burger, I can even flip a pancake, and if I really have to I could flip an egg. But for the life of me I can't flip my big butt over my head to turn at the end of the pool. I always thought I was top heavy but I have finally understood that I am not top heavy, I am butt heavy!
My flip turn class went as expected...I sucked! Not a hard concept, place your hands behind you and do a somersault...a little more into the technique, place your hands behind you, stick your chin in and go as tight as you can and flip over and kick off the wall.
Ready set...try it. Hands back, chin in, flip....boink! Head hits the bottom of the pool, water rushes in my nose and the explosion of colors inside my head can rival the New York 4th of July Fireworks!
Teacher says...almost there, try it again. Clueless student decides to try it again, hands back, chin in, flip, water rushes in, headache close enough to migraine hits me between the eyes.
determined mule-headed student keeps on trying...30 minutes pass and finally she is able to kick off the wall, not straight mind you, cuz that is too much to ask of the mule just yet. An hour passes and she is able to flip at the end of every other lap....lopsided flips, but flips nonetheless.
Then today, student visits the pool where the triathlon will be held...student mouth hangs open when she sees the gigantic 50 meter pool that she has to traverse. Flipping turn of events....I guess I should have checked the size of pool before signing up for the triathlon. If you need me, I will be crossing the Pacific Ocean for my triathlon training.
Happy 4th of July everyone! Have fun and be good...and if you are going to do something bad, be sure to invite me :).