From Head to Heart

I completed the second of two swimming time trials this morning. My friend suggested I do it to see what level I am at and to set a benchmark from which to improve. Last Friday was to measure my fastest 100 meters. Today was to time a 1500 meter swim. To warm up I did 300 meters – 100 swim, 100 pull, and 100 kick. I waited for the clock to hit the top of the minute and away I went.

Something to know about me – I rarely appreciate the term “too much detail”. I like to calculate ranges of paces I believe I am able to swim. Last night I figured it would be fantastic to finish under 33 minutes, or 2:12 per 100 meters. I hoped I would not exceed 33:45, which would be slower than 2:15 per 100. As I swam I only looked at the clock after 750 meter and 1000 meters. It was going to be close. When I fished and touched the wall, I stopped my watch – 33:10. Just .7 second per 100 meters over my goal pace. And I was actually a little disappointed.

My heart rate average was 131, 15 beats higher than my other swim workouts. This tells me I was working hard, so I was not slacking. Another thing to know about me – I have high expectations. Looking at my progress, I should be pleased. This was my benchmark swim that I want to improve upon. I read a running blog last night about “What is Your Mantra?” I thought about it and would come up with “push” or “give it your all” or “focus, focus, focus.” But these would help contribute to my disappointment if I miss my goal. It really is about my heart. And not just my heart rate. I have to believe in my heart I have what it takes to improve. Repeating something over and over in my head will not make a difference if my heart hasn’t bought in. That 16 inch difference may as well be 26.2 miles. I now understand what my friend meant by “you have to start believing you can do it.” Heart knowledge.

My mantra: Believe.

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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