Coach Noel Rivera, of the UP Swimming Varsity , is my swimming instructor for my PE class. For the record, this is my 5th PE subject. hehe.
Pasmathon, a dual event of swimming + running, is our final practical exam for this class. We are to swim 6 laps (1 lap is equivalent to the pool's length), then jog around campus via the sc-kalai-yakal route + 1 lap poolside, swim 4 laps then jog around the Catholic Church (Holy Family Parish?) + 1 lap poolside, swim 2 laps then jog 2.5 rounds poolside, then one final lap for the finish.
Whew! I guess you already know why the event is now called as 'Pasmathon'. I just don't know if we really could get 'pasma' from what we were doing. After all, my instructor is a "winning coach", so I trust his expertise on these. So does that mean that the 'pasma' thing with running and getting wet all simultaneously is a common fallacy? Or that athletes just don't worry with their bodies, only to get their aimed records?
The first 6 laps was like hell, and I was a bit slow. It was also raining that I thought our event would be called off. By the time I got to my next 4 laps, I think I got my groove in swimming. It was surprisingly easy "the second time around". Since the event had no specifications on what stroke to use, I got to use back stroke as it gave less effort and gave me more air space. I thought using the breast stroke was wise enough since I get to breath properly as compared to my freestyle. However, since time is an enemy, breast stroke is slow.
I had finished our pasmathon with the time of 58:16 [min:sec]. Of course it's not the fastest in class. Bottom line is, I got to finish what I had started. And, I know how to swim! Now, I look forward to every sem-ender I can attend to. Because for every sem-ender... there is always a pool to swim in.
Now, I can say, I love swimming. But of course, it's still next to Tennis. Tennis ga totemo suki desu!
posted by ScIoN 4:31 PM