The first part of a swim is the glide.
One of the most important things to do in swimming is to learn ‘the glide’. This is the commitment on the wall of the pool as you start your swim training.
One moment, you’re standing still, at the side able to breathe freely, and the next you’re committed, fully engaged under water. Submerge, lift feet behind to connect with the wall and push off, arms arrowed.
For a few seconds, you are suspended, weightless, slicing through a patch of blue before the hard work starts. A good glide to start is immensely satisfying and very much like starting the week Monday morning planning, before a the hard work starts.