I learned how to breathe underwater! (well, sort of)
What do you do when you think that the summer weather is coming to an end? Load the jeep with your pup, GoPro, tank/goggles, and head to Lake Simcoe!

It was back in February when he first said “Oh, you want to learn about scuba diving?!” and proceeded to give me a full demonstration of the ins and outs of the equipment, what to do in case of an emergency, and the proper hand signals for “I’m O.K, I want to go up, and I am ready to go down.” I was mesmerized.

Note: Thumbs up actually means “I want to go up!”

Fast forward to August 21st, 2021, “Wanna go make some bubbles?”

Right before we go down he says “Just DON’T hold your breath and shoot up. You could blow a lung.”

WAIT, WHAT?!

“Just don’t forget to breathe, we’re not diving deep. You should be fine.”

This doesn't sound safe, but ok, let's do it...

And off we went.

Forcing yourself to breathe underwater was a challenge. It was like trying to rewire your brain to… well breathe underwater! It’s not and shouldn’t be a thing… but in this world, it is. 

Then there’s the visibility… Where we were, the water wasn’t very clear so seeing a big rock ahead came “quick.” 

I am not a strong swimmer so I just held onto him, and focused on my breathing. Trust the process, after all, he was a scuba diving instructor. He’s taken out many tour groups with zero fatalities… I am in good hands. Trust your boyfriend. 

Because I was focused on my breathing, I noticed that I was breathing faster than normal. When we went up, I explained my challenge with regulating my breathing. He just responded with “it’s your first-time babe, don’t worry about that. You did amazing.” 

He’s amazing. 

Watch episode 4 of my Vlog here. If it made you smile, please like and subscribe! It helps with the YouTube algorithm. 🙂

xoxo,

salyna

Be like water, my friend.

- Bruce Lee

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Never in a million years did I think I would try downhill mountain biking, but here we are trying it for the first time today! 

Long version: The first time I ever saw downhill mountain biking was in Whistler, and the first thing I thought was "well that's just insane" and "that's just for the true redbullers." 

Fast forward to this summer, I wasn't much of a cyclist, so I started with a super cute city bike. It really belongs on the road, but I took into the trails anyways (because I was craving dirtbike feels). Fell absolutely IN LOVE with the trails. Got myself a mountain bike to really "ride the trails." And got a fix on a weekly basis ever since.

"Downhill is my favorite sport..." he says. Seed planted. Reluctantly I agreed to try it because hey, "how do you know, unless you try?" 

First few runs, adrenaline rush 100%. After a little water break, fourth run, I was feeling super confident, and boom! I went over my handlebars! Grabbed the front brake WAY to quick coming in/out of a berm, and kicked the wind right out of me. Collected myself after that fall, and finished the course on an AMAZING note. 

I am not sure what came over me, but I went through the rest of it LIKE A PRO! 

Maybe I was mad at myself for not committing to berm earlier, or the berm was my "ah-ha" moment, but everything post the handlebars incident, I just sent it. Even got some air on one of the moguls! (A total accident)

Anyways, I may be a smidgen hooked now. 

My addiction: Having to calculate in real time how much brake, pedal, body weight to distribute forward and back, what line you want/need to take, where your front tire needs to be, where you need to be next, etc. Like c'mon, how do you beat that? The only way out is downhill. Be one with the bike, make calculated decisions and then you'll be fine. 

Shout out to to this gem of a man for helping me up when I fell, fixing my chain when it popped off, and coaching me through the tough drops (and there were many). My mountain hero ❤

Videos from GoPro coming soon! In the meantime, enjoy my first "photo dump." 

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Missing the days when #socialdistancing meant going to the country and ripping it around the farmland #becausewecan 

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