So we have been swimming weekly lately and it feels good. At first, I didn’t totally like the idea because swimming wasn’t exactly a sport that I was any good at. The first few times we swam together at Safra Toa Payoh, I couldn’t help but noticed how effortless Luq made swimming seem like. I almost swore that he grew gills somewhere on his body or something. Unlike me, I was stopping mid-way to catch my breath in the Olympic-sized swimming pool which looked like a bloody ocean to me.
So one day, I asked Luq how did he make it seemed so easy. He was obviously gloating quietly (don’t think I don’t know). Then, I showed him how I would normally swim and he told me that I wasn’t breathing properly in the water. Right – I don’t need gills apparently – just my mouth and nose, totally human. He taught me how to breathe in the water and practiced with me until I got the hang of it.
I tried my first lap with my newly found breathing technique and was totally surprised how I lasted a lap long! That was some kind of a wicked #achievementunlocked moment. From then on, I keep pushing myself to break my own records in the water – okay not Tom Daley or Michael Phelps level yet. Our second last swimming session, I managed to swim 1 lap without stopping mid-way. Did this 10 times which is equivalent to 10 laps (which in Luq’s world, it was 5 laps – it’s okay, just technicalities). Yesterday, I managed to complete TWO laps at a time without stopping mid-way and did it for 12 times!
Luq was extremely proud of me that we settled for dinner of my choice that was C H E E S E P R A T A. We also ordered M I L O J U M B O because we remembered Milo advertised its drink as an energy drink with a guy swimming competitively when we were much younger – how apt! Y’all remember not?
Anyway after swimming, we did some abs exercises and it was grueling – don’t think I need abs that badly. Thanks Luq, you’re on your own for this one.