Friday Afternoon Swim: The Milestone

Geylang East Swimming Complex


300 metres

3 laps – 50 metres



The moment I was waiting for with bated breath finally came to fruition during my swim just now.

As I have been swimming in my friend’s condominium pool, since I started this foray, I have never tried testing myself to swim a length of a standard-sized Olympic pool.

You may wonder what’s the big deal right?

You see, my friend’s pool like most private condominium pool is of irregular shape.

So the most I can swim without my sinking hippo feet touching the floor is only 30 metres.

And I’m basically at the goodwill of my friend letting me use the pool.

He’s been very generous in this department until I’ve become a common face at the pool.

There was even a time where I used my ninja skills to enter the condo without my friend knowing.

Imagine how surprise he looked when I stood in front of his door.

Sorry back to the main agenda. 🙂

I think now it’s best for me to not inconvenience my friend too much and so I thought it’s best to start training in the public pool.

But the public pool is very deep, 3 metres deep specifically at the centre of the pool.

For strong swimmers like all of you it’s of insignificance concern but for a water-phobic like me, I’m terrified as hell.

However all this change last Wednesday when another of my friend accompanied me to the public pool.

I didn’t manage to complete a length of the pool without stopping.

But today, I finally did it.

For only 1 length of the pool, all 50 metres of it, I managed to complete that distance without stopping.

It was really tough and subsequently I couldn’t replicate my maiden effort.

But it’s ok.

It’s like finally breaking the proverbial wall.

And I really hope, my swim will continue to progress positively.

Give me the strength!


About Mechattax

A fat guy who wants to exercise and keep fit so that he will be healthy and combat the impending danger of diabetes that is hereditary. View all posts by Mechattax

2 responses to “Friday Afternoon Swim: The Milestone

  • kooky kash

    Good job on the swim. Keep practising in deep water to gain water confidence. Sapa lah tak takut karam? First time I did a full 25m, i was estatic giler happy. 50m is an achievement. Get the breathing right OK. Exhale out slowly but fully, and inhale fast.

  • Faisal

    Thanks Miss Kooky!!! I am more confident of swimming the 50m pool by myself now albeit I will need to stick to the extreme left or right like a leech. 😛

    I’m still working on my breathing technique and my body rotation. I will surely try out on your tips on breathing.

    Thanks again!

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