I'm not an exceptional swimmer. I'm not going to pretend to claim anything even remotely close to it. But I do love a really strong and ambitious push off the side of the pool, with a gush of a sort of parting sea surrounding my body. That's such a great feeling. The initial plunge, the exhilaration, the washing into the new...
But what I most love is the floating following the plunge. It's the ultimate "Aaaaahhhhhhhhhhh...." The complete release and relaxing into the unfolding of that bold action of the adrenaline rushed plunge.
I excel in my ability to float (if I can just get myself to stay there for a while and not think of what else I need to be doing.)
I also excel at the doggy paddle.
(photo: elena kalis)