I am not accustomed to struggling at sports. I have always thought of myself as an athlete that could pretty much do anything. I have played on softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and flag football teams throughout the years and did pretty well for myself. I always made sure I was not the worst player on the team, and it normally came pretty easy for me.
Well, that all changed last Tuesday. I slipped on a swimsuit and slid into the pool at my university. I set a goal in my head to swim 18 laps, which is a half mile. Oh my goodness. I almost died. In my head, swimming couldn’t be much harder than running, and I can run 11 miles, so…
I finished the half mile, but I knew I wasn’t doing something correctly. I was struggling hardcore. I watched YouTube videos and bugged every collegiate swimmer I know. They gave me some awesome tips and last Thursday I learned how to swim for the second time in my life. Wow, correct form, goggles, and a nose plugger made a monumental difference.
Today I started training to build my swimming endurance the correct way. With better form, the laps were a lot easier, but I have to get where I can swim non stop. There is no “edge of the pool” to hang on to a few hundred meters into the race. Drowning would be such an embarrassment and, not to mention, a major bummer. This is going to take me longer than I initially expected, but I will not quit. Running was hard at first, but now it comes pretty easy. I just have to work my way up to my goal and not make excuses.