So, last Tuesday, I began training for a sprint triathalon but forgot about training for swimming initially because when I was leisurely hanging out at the beach on that Monday before, I poorly performed, majorly. So, I quit it for awhile. But, because the event is less than a month away, finally, I began my swimming training, yesterday.
Last week when I tried in the ocean, I got about 30 seconds at first, and then maybe 30 yards before I quit. But I was not able to breath well enough to continue comfortably. Swimming is not (yet) a strong event for me. Feeling unsuccessful and weak, I banned it for a while, focusing instead on my bike and run events, each of which are progressing nicely along. At any rate, I made it a goal yesterday to get swimming, finally, and I did it.
Yesterday, when I went to the gym, I rode the bike for 45 minutes. I thought I’d hit the lanes after that. Finding that they were occupied, I happily cruised-out of there, but I knew I was not off the hook. I have a pool right outside my door. Given it’s much smaller, the absence of excess chlorine and the presence of sun shining on me as I swam, I was cool with that during my first official train. I needed those quick fraction-of-a-second breaks too while turning around at each short end to help me with my breathing.
I hymned and hawed with getting out there initially, but eventually made it. First, I did pretty much every chore on my list! My house smelled great, my fridge, floors, kitchen and bath were all clean! I was out of chores besides laundry which was also occupied. However, the benefit to that, after my accomplishment, I would get to come back in to my nice, clean pad and enjoy the rest of my night.
Having my bathing suit on already, I stuck on my head my cap and goggles, and in considering the end, I claimed to myself, “I am doing it,” and with a smile on my face, I gave myself the thumbs up in the mirror, and I walked outside.
Don’t think of it too much – pull off the band-aid - just do it!! This is where I was at. Breathing is a priority for me and this is a challenging event in that regard!
I gave myself a five to 15-minute goal. I jumped in, put my goggles down, and finally headed through the water. After a while, my shoulder began bothering me. I pressed in, instead of using it for an excuse to quit, I just made my strokes even more deliberate, focused. Eventually, I was pain free.
After a little while longer, I stopped. I’m finished. I looked at my time, and had swam for over 15 minutes! “I did it!“ I was so happy!
Pleased with my progress, and happy I made it with seeming ease, I jumped out with a smile on my face, and pressed on toward my evening!
As I readied myself for my shower and prayed gratefully, I considered why the swim was seemingly so easy for me, and I then recalled that maybe it was because a bit of grace was shed upon me as I swam, in response to my prayer I shot up earlier, “Please help me, God.” Thank you, Lord!
Accomplishments and fulfilling my goals fills me up with joy and makes me happy. I have found that sometimes in life, the best smile we can get is the one we give to ourselves.
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