“You have to start believing you can do it”

“You have to start believing you can do it” is what my friend told me last night when I said I wasn’t sure if I could swim 6×100 on a 2:10 send off. Swimming has been my slowest sport of the three and also the one I have seen the slowest improvement in, until recently. A fellow swimmer suggested I make one correction with my right arm and I have seen a great improvement in my times since. But swimming 6×100 on 2:10? That is a big jump I didn’t think I was ready to see. Maybe 2:20 or 2:30…

The first place to start was to do a 100 time trial today all out, nothing left behind. So I did a warm up of 1,000 meters, then 150 of 25 meter sprints, then 350 of stroke work. With 1500 meters behind me I was warmed up, gave myself a minute rest and took off – 100 meters in 1:52. That is lightening speed for me – and I did it without wearing fins. When I sent my friend a text, all it said was “1:52”. The reply – “That’s good! Based on that you should be able to do 6×100 on 2:10.” I will know for sure on Tuesday when I attempt it. Next week I add Tuesday as my 4th swim in the week as I build up to 6 swims a week.

Later my friend sent another message instilling reality – “It will start to get tough with 4 swims. You need to get the turns down.” Flip turns – something I fear. Yes I have to start believing I can do a flip turn. I also have to stop believing I will crack my head open on the wall.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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