I swam in a pool today for the first time in months (possibly years). I did laps for half an hour. It felt great. But I also had totally forgotten what it feels like to swim in still water. It is so easy. With a stripe on the bottom to guide, the effort is simple. I was able to just take pleasure in the motion of my body through water.
When I swim in the Sound, I wear neoprene gloves to keep my hands warm. The ones I have are webbed, like this:
I kept forgetting, as I swam without, to cup my hands instead of spreading my fingers. I hadn't realized how automatic using the webbing had become. Now that the weather is getting warmer, perhaps I'll have to leave the gloves behind a bit more.