I had an early morning session in the pool today with my Coach. I had seen him on Wednesday too but we didn’t do a lot of swimming or drills on Wednesday, it was more talking about what I’ve been doing and my upcoming goals. Today he had me doing more drills.
He really wants me to work on my body position because as we both agree, it’s the SECOND most important part about swimming…. with not drowning being number one. He’s finally conceded that body position is number two because he’s tired of asking me what the most important aspect of swimming is and me answering “not dying”! So to speed things along, he’s now acknowledging that for me, body position is the second most important.
As we were working on body position in the water he had me just glide through the water with my arms out in front of me and just kicking. I wasn’t doing any strokes and when I had to breathe, I would stop and stand up to breathe. It was pretty simple, so I was surprised when he was pretty excited about how I did. He said my body position was really good and that I was basically 80-90% perfect. I just shrugged it off and he could tell that I wasn’t overly impressed with it and he wanted to know why I wasn’t more excited. I said that I wasn’t more excited because it wasn’t that big of a deal. I wasn’t actually doing the strokes – I was just gliding in the water. No biggie.
That’s when he pointed out that it is indeed a big deal. That last year at this time I needed two pull buoys and flippers to do what I just did now without any swimming aids. Not only did I need two pull buoys and flippers last year at this time, but I didn’t even want to put my face in the water to do it and I would routinely cough or swallow water.
He also commented on how, when he watched me swim on Wednesday, a lot of what he taught me regarding the basic mechanics of swimming had stuck with me and are still there. Again, all good things in his opinion. In my mind, I still am not comfortable and still can not go fast. That’s what I think about. I don’t think about the mini victories I’ve had (just ask Brian, he’ll confirm it) along the way. And Craig could tell that I wasn’t impressed with my improvements. That’s when he again said how well I’m doing and said that he actually wanted me to say it out loud.
So I reluctantly said… “yes, I’ve improved!” And then I got a fist bump from Craig.
I know I never acknowledge my progress and instead get down on myself for that which I can’t do – instead of being proud of what I can do. So here I am, I’ll say it again, this time not just to Craig as I was sitting in the pool, but to all of you. I’m acknowledging that I’ve made improvements. I’m swimming! I’ve come a long way and I’m not giving up. I’ve made improvements and I plan on continuing to make improvements!
(It’s taking all of my self-control to not type out and follow-up with all of my negatives and all the things I still need to learn!)
So there’s my Friday self-congratulatory fix! And it’s just about as difficult to admit I did something well and give myself credit for it as it is to actually learn how to swim!
Until next time,