Swimming for me is all about self care.
It is my way to relax; there is something about the rhythmic breathing and patterns of stroke that entirely clear my mind. Time, thoughts and worries disappear as the rhythms take over and put me into some kind of trance.
Everything melts away and all that matters is the one, two, three, breath.
I started swimming quite late in the day really. I mean, I swam at school and they wanted me to do county but there were ponies, and friends, and boys. They all seemed far more fun that chlorine and high-legged swimsuits.
It was when I started working and my lunch breaks became my time to relax and unwind in-between spreadsheets, countless emails, and torturous meetings that I really fell in love with swimming. It became a type of therapy to me.
A therapy that continued on after losing the full use of my left side in an operation two years ago. I might not be able to walk unaided, but I could still feel graceful in the pool. In fact, a regime of swimming and pilates seems to have, over a period of years, given me back some control of my body.
My technique, my speed, and my stamina have all in improves as I’ve become competitive, oh so competitive. Mostly with myself, but occasionally I like to put the triathletes in their place!
The swimsuit is made from a heavier material than most swimsuits. This creates a more restrictive feel than I am use to and it took me a while to get use to the feel. You see, the swimsuit is designed to give support to the bust whilst adding reinforcement to you core.
I’m not entirely sure it does either to any substantial effect but it does give you a nice, streamlined shape, nipping you in very slightly at the waist.
The back is higher than most of my other suits – I normally like a backless piece. This also took some getting use to but the x-back means that my shoulders are still free to move easily. Often, if a swimsuit isn’t cut right across my shoulder blades, it can start to chaff my skin after swimming more than a mile. This swimsuit definitely does not do that and doesn’t restrict nor chaff in the slightest.
The swimsuit is actually very impressive and, although it took me a while to get use to, I’m really enjoying swimming in this. It doesn’t move when swimming so there is no chance of boobs-slippage or camel-toe (which can get very uncomfortable when swimming).
The swimsuit is priced at £62.95 so is on the higher end of swimsuits. But it is chlorine resistant and the quality feels amazing. Add in the shaping effect and a design that is both functional and fashionable and I don’t think the price is bad.
Do you swim? If so, I’d love to hear if you get the same rhythmic trance I do.