第二名 Second Place

By greenteapanda

June 2, 2007

Category: Health and wellness

2 Comments »

In my swim meet today, I was surprised. For the first three legs, I was in first place. I couldn’t keep ahead of another guy, and ended up getting second. None of the other heats had people that beat the two of us, so I came in second place out of thirty people.

Though my stomach, like most pandas is a "keg" and not a "six-pack" like many of the Chinese people, that didn’t make much of a difference. It had much to do with form. The vast majority of mainland Chinese people seemed to have no previous swimming experience. Most race starts today have every competitor belly flopping into the pool before swimming. The people swimming often did not cup their hands to catch water, did not go straight, etc. The best times consequently went to other foreign students or to students that came from Hong Kong.

However I have realised that there are some swimming styles I haven’t yet mastered, so I have some motivation to swim here on a more regular basis. Assuming they keep the pool lane markers in place to suppress cross-traffic in the pool.

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2 Responses to “第二名 Second Place”

  1. I could probably be added to the belly-floppers list. I can stay afloat though with considerable effort. Maybe it is the bone to fat ratio affecting bouyancy, or not. But swimming is a great way to get in shape. Hopefully, wherever I study/work in the future will have access to one nearby.

  2. Not so hard to float… in the water, face upward. You can control your body by how much air is in your lungs. Naturally, if you have little body fat, your legs will be slanting into the water, not at the surface. But you can still float. If you do some scuba diving, it will drive home the fact that floatation only depends on the air in your lungs. No need at all to move your arms or legs. Treading water is only if you want to keep your center of gravity above where it would normally be while floating. Even then, it is most efficient to make broad strokes with your arms – don\’t flail around like a maniac!

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