Swim Please!

December 8, 2012

8 December, 2012 00:08

Filed under: Uncategorized — maybe an idealist @ 12:08 am

[private] muscle memory is huge. It is a nice, non-scienctific term for brain plasticity. It is THE function that allows us to walk, talk, and chew gum at the same time. If you loose the brain connections for balance and walking, there is no way to think about walking while walking AND do anything else. Basically, if one does a motion enough times, the brain connections are stronger for the recently practiced action than the prior, less desired action. From the brain science i have read, i understand the brain is actively making and repurposing neural connections lifelong. The chemical soup our brains bathe in controls how easily connections are formed and reformed. Too easily, and skill retention is sacrificed, too hard, and the time to basic competency is exponentially increased. mastery often means the entire skill has moved to non-concious control, so the skills occur without
thought and the skill can be broken down into pieces for analysis to increase the unconcious mastery.

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December 3, 2012

3 December, 2012 01:14

Filed under: Uncategorized — maybe an idealist @ 1:14 am

[private] i have a six kid combined flock of polliwogs and guppies. They find me five to ten minutes before class. They follow me into the water at the deep end, some with reluctance, some with glee. They’re starting to fall under the spell of being willing to attempt something just because i believe they can- it’s sometimes definitely against their better judgement. We do a fair amount of distance. As of 8-12 weeks ago- most of them weren’t willing to let go of the wall, my hand, or a noodle. Currently, 3 attempted the length without an ifd, 2 succeeded. 4 finally let go and slowly paddled the length, with only a bubble. We’ve done a lot to work up to this point. We’ve spent time in and out of flippers- done god only knows how many slow hard nervous lengths of the pool propped up with bubbles, noodles, kickboards, barbells, and anything else i could imagine- but now the polliwogs are
horizontal with a good flutter kick, and the guppies are swimming half to full lengths of the pool!

December 1, 2012

1 December, 2012 13:44

Filed under: Uncategorized — maybe an idealist @ 1:44 pm

Saturday swim lessons are always a little chaotic. Something about the number of people in a day, the number of classes, and the lack of wiggle room involving start times results in a tight schedule. Unexpected work on a transit line can spell temporary disaster and ongoing chaos as a staff member spends her half hour of transit safety time stuck underground and is 5 minutes late, and then as swimmers throughout the day allow less than enough time for travel. Kids showing up for up to 40 minutes into a 45 minute class spells chaos.

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