Tiger Balmy…

Written by mitch on. Posted in Uncategorized

Well, if you’ve been following this series of posts you know I’ve been struggling with my swimming and a reinforced, reinvigorated commitment to ‘wellness’… not necessarily in that order. Despite the desire to do more or better, I’ve been dealing with a body that seems more interested in going home or to bed than in going to the next level.

I haven’t let that or the aches and pains slow me down or stop me… At least, not yet. Instead, I dragged myself out of bed in what felt like the middle of the night to be in the water and ready to swim at 6:00 A.M. If the number of headlights and tail lights on the road at that hour are any indication of the number of people up and about, I can tell you with absolute certainty there aren’t many people up and about at that hour!

Nevertheless, I was… And, I was in the water warming up before Jessica – the Master Class coach – arrived on the scene.

Again, that sounds easier than it was. As certain as I am that there were few others up and about, at or before 6:00 A.M., who were not coming home or heading to a workplace somewhere: I am equally as certain, the one place in the world your body does NOT want to be is submerged! I am also pretty sure the reason fish don’t hate swimming as much as I do is because they don’t have shoulders or elbows, hips or knees! Shoulders, hips, knees and elbows can and often do get sore…

Does anyone out there actually know if fish can get sore? It would be reassuring as hell to know!

I did six or eight laps of various different strokes before Jessica realized there was someone in the water she didn’t know and a lot more after she did. I learned a lot for a first class. I learned that I have a ‘natural’ breast stroke (It was news to me too…). I learned that you can – with an emphasis on ‘you’ so far – swim while practicing “bi-lateral” breathing: you can alternate breathes from one side of your body to the other, which actually seemed to work better for me than breathing only on one side. I also learned you don’t have to breathe once every three or four strokes: but, that you still have to breathe! I learned that I have no endurance, at least not yet. Which was disappointing. And, that I still get winded much too easily… Even more disappointing.

Did mention that I’ve only been in the water eight or ten times and that I’m terribly impatient; or, have you already figured that out.

The good news was finishing more laps and more different strokes than I have ever – emphasis on: ever – completed in my life and I didn’t drown, as evidenced by my typing this message some twelve hours later!

I should be back in the water Wednesday morning… Maybe, even tomorrow morning depending upon when I get done tonight and how my right elbow and shoulder are feeling. If I don’t go to the “Y” to swim tomorrow morning I’ll probably return to Krav (Krav Maga) tomorrow night. My thinking is, as long as my shoulder and elbow hurt anyway; why not.

Oh… And, if you read the last post: applying Tiger Balm before you get into bed at night is something you really shouldn’t do unless you’re sleeping alone. If you aren’t sleeping alone, it isn’t something you ought to do without first asking your significant other if that would be OK. If you don’t heed my advice, it is almost certain you will be back in the water again, a lot sooner than you thought you would… Not at the “Y” and in the pool, but back in your bathroom and in the shower!

If you’re lucky, any remnant of the “Eau de Tiger Balm” will find its way down the drain. And, you may find your way off the couch!

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I am a fourth generation, forty-sixy year veteran of the automotive aftermarket: an ASE Certified Master Technician, Service Consultant and Approved Automotive Manager. I grew up in this business with a passion for all things mechanical, particularly those things relating to performance. That passion grew to include all aspects of management, leadership and personal development with a special focus on every day shop operations which resulted in an eight-volume series on automotive shop management published by Cengage Learning and Thomson Publishing. I have been a trade journalist writing to the aftermarket for almost thirty years, devoting my professional life to improving both the image and experience of everyone struggling to succeed in the service industry and I've worked diligently to improve communication and increase understanding between all segments of my industry. This site and everything on it is both an extension and a continuation of those efforts

Comments (1)

  • Ironmadman


    I am laughing out loud at the thought of mom kicking you out of bed w/ that stench! Too funny!

    Congrats on the good swim. Lessons are definitely the way to go!


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