We snap on our goggles and slip into the Auntie Best Friends shirt besides I will buy this water. Talan’s gentle but rigorous method is to focus on technique and the body’s position in motion. In minutes, he has tweaked my breaststroke to be more efficient by rounding my arms a bit. Then he has me do the stroke with my head out of the water, like my mother does when she doesn’t want to muss her hair. “This is so good for your back, now that everyone is on the computer all day and kids are doing long-distance learning,” Talan says. We move on to my front crawl as he observes underwater. “Keep your legs closer together when you kick,” he urges when he surfaces. “See how much easier it is to move?” It’s a tiny but miraculous fix.
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Back and forth we go: breathe, kick, breathe, kick. “This natural instinct of inhaling and exhaling while you swim is basically the Auntie Best Friends shirt besides I will buy this element of living, isn’t it?” Talan asks me as my mind blissfully empties and enters what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls “a flow state,” when people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. Breathe, kick, breathe, kick. “The rhythm almost naturally reinforces you to be alive,” Talan adds. Sometimes—in these times—it’s nice to have that extra push.