Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Trying Something New

At the meet with my best friend Ellie
All year I have been practicing gymnastics so I decided to try a new sport, swimming. I joined my brother and sisters' swim team. I practiced 1 hour 5 days a week. We began our workout with my favorite part, 2 dives in the big pool. We then started our swim workout with six laps freestyle to warm up. In the middle of the work out, we put our fins on and took out our boards. We did 4 laps kicking freestyle and 4 laps kicking butterfly. Finally, at then end of our work out, we did 2 laps freestyle, two laps breaststroke, and two laps backstroke for the cool down.

Miriam and Hannah
After a month of swimming with the team, I had my first swim meet, and I was very excited. I competed four events, Individual Medley (I.M.), 50 yards (2 laps) freestyle, 25 yards breaststroke, and 25 yards butterfly. I.M. is 4 laps with all the strokes in the following order: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. My time on this event was 1:58.49. On the 50 yards freestyle my time was 49.10 secnds and on my 25 yards breaststroke my time was 27.07 seconds. Finally I had 25 yards butterfly and my time was 28.00 seconds.

I practiced gymnastics in the morning and did swimming in the late afternoon. Now that school is starting, I need to make a choice, continue with gymnastics or switch to swimming. I enjoyed swimming a lot, because it was so hot, and it felt good to jump into the pool, but I think I am going to stick with gymnastics. I would miss it too much if I quit. Next summer, I want to go back to swimming and maybe, I will try make it to Junior guards, a beach life guard program.

Below is the video from our swim meet.

Have you ever tried anything new?
Did you stick with it?


  1. Dear Sarah,

    Well done I have really enjoyed reading your post about Trying something new.

    I think that's what life is about trying different things, hopefully finding something that you enjoy doing and sticking to it.

    Do you have a favourite swimming stroke?

    When I was a child I enjoyed swimming too only problem is that once I got into the water/pool I really didn't want to get out.

    From your pal down under,
    AA :)

    1. Dear AA,

      Thank you for leaving me such a lovely comment! I appreciate all of the wonderful comments you always leave on my blog.

      My favorite strokes are breaststroke and butterfly. When you were little were you on a swim team?


    2. @ Sarah,

      Thank you for writing back to me I appreciate it. That is wonderful that your favourtie swimming strokes are breaststroke and butterfly. I find these two styles of swimming the most challenging,
      ones that I could never seem to master but you have, well done. :)

      I never really got into swimming when I was your age but I did love to run. I would love to run everywhere when ever I got the chance. As for now I don't seem to run as much I think that has got to do with the fact that I am just slowing down.


  2. Dear Sarah,

    You look like such an amazing swimmer! I love to swim, just not competitive or anything like that.

    I started flute about 3 or 4 years ago and think that I willl teach flute when I am older. I have past my grade 2 exam with distinction and on Monday I will find out my ballet results.

    Do you play an instrument? Do you dance?

    You friend,

  3. Dear Molly,

    Thank you so much for leaving me such a lovely comment. That is nice that you play the flute and do ballet. How many days a week do you practice your ballet?

    I play two instruments, piano and violin. I have been playing the piano 3 years and I have been to many competitions. My next competition will be in November and I am very excited.

    I play the violin in an orchestra. It will be my second year playing in an orchestra and I am very excited. Do you play in a wind ensemble?

  4. Dear Sarah,
    I enjoyed your new post and great pictures,
    I like that you are not afraid to try new things, that's the only way you can discover what you like and continue to pursue.
    You are very talented girl and you can do many different activities as long as you do well in school.
    You always try hard and that's very important.
    Love you,
    Grandma Tanya and Grandpa Eugene


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