Ten minutes before my alarm was to go off this morning a thunderstorm moved through. Before I had dogs I used to love sleeping through storms, now I brace for the leap. My 9 pound shih tzu is terrified of thunderstorms and leaped on top of me shaking and panting. I figured I wouldn’t be able to swim until the storm passed, so I took my dog to her day room where she and the other two dogs (yes, I have three) stay while I am gone. It is her “safe place”. I turned on the radio to drown out the sound and went back to bed. I slept for another hour – until 5:30. (So sad that this is sleeping in for me…)
I got to the pool by 7:15, all the lanes were full so I had to share a lane for part of my warm up. I still did my flip turns while sharing a wall lane. Each day I see improvement in my ability. Practice hasn’t made my flip turns perfect – yet. But I am improving. I just have to keep at it and be patient, I know I will have a few flub ups. It is Tuesday – speed set day, and I was very happy with my times. I am consistent with my up pace 25 meter repeats coming in on 25 seconds. What I was most happy about was my 50 meter repeats. I did all of them with a flip turn and on the up pace set came in on 54 to 55 seconds. Last week I was closer to 55 seconds and that was without flipping. I was concerned the turns would slow me down at first. I have found my form to improve when I flip swimming faster. How about that? I also did my best 200 speed set that I can remember – 4:03. That I didn’t flip on, it takes too much out of my breathing and does slow me down. When I left the gym it was sunny and warming up. The storm had passed and It was a beautiful day.
I met my training partner for our weight workout after work. Driving to and from the gym I still couldn’t believe how beautiful the day is. Just this morning the clouds covered the area, rain poured down and thunder and lightening filled the sky. When I get home to let my dogs out they will run and play in the warm fresh air, completely forgetting the storm this morning. In less than 24 hours so much can change. What seems dreary, hopeless or frightening has the potential to become calm, bright and joyful. Not everything in life changes that quickly, but there is so much potential within us to achieve the bright and joyful “better”. Like my flip turns, it just takes practice and patience.