On having bad days

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

For the past 4 weeks I’ve been swimming regularly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6am to 7:15am. While difficult waking up that early, it has been excellent and I’ve noticed a big difference in my swimming ability – both technique and endurance. That might be because I’m still new to swimming – any swimming is better than none.

I still swim in the slowest lane of 8, but I’m ok with that – it is more about my own improvement and competing against myself than competing against others at this stage of my training.

Today, I literally fought myself. During that hour and 15 minutes, I wanted to quit at least 6 times. I just felt heavy. Like my arms and legs were moving but I was not going anywhere. I’m a bit worried, only because if I can’t make it through 75 minutes of swimming, how am I supposed to make it through IronMan Lake Placid in July?

I’m not an experienced swimmer – how often do other swimmers have bad days? Does one bad day make you feel different about swimming? The last 4 weeks have been great, but today was just horrible. If anyone out there has thoughts on how to get through those bad days, I’d love to hear them smile

Derek Featherstone
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