Great Expectations

It would be fair to say that I set expectations for my performance on the high side within my ability. This morning I learned that I have no problem increasing my expectations when my ability is greater than I had expected. As most Wednesday mornings start, I met my training partner at the gym to swim this morning. We have set Wednesday swims aside to cover a main set of 1,900 meters in an endurance workout to get comfortable with the distance for the half iron swim. The workout today was a total of 2,500 meters and the main set was made up of 19 x 100 meter repeats with 20 seconds rest. We first did this workout on July 4th and it was a challenge. I lost all steam half way through and swam my 100’s between 2:05 to 2:20. Two weeks later I did the same workout after implementing the Total Immersion method to my stroke and swam the 19 x 100’s between 2:01 to 2:05. I was very happy with my progress. This morning, before I even got to the pool, I had set the expectation to swim between 2:01 to 2:04. I swam the first 100 and came in at 1:57 – I had 20 seconds recovery to giggle with joy. The next was 1:58, third was 1:59, fourth 1:58 – I quickly adjusted my expectations and was not happy when I touched in at 2:00. Wait, I started the workout wanting 2:01 to 2:04 – I should be thrilled with 2:00. In the end I did all 19 between 1:57 and 2:03. Only two were 2:03 and I really was disappointed with those sets. How quickly my expectations increased.

This afternoon I headed out for a 15 mile ride. Since I am racing on Sunday I am taking it easy with a modified taper. After the thrilling ride on Monday, I wanted to ride well even though I was riding alone. And in the hills in my neighborhood. Today was the third time I road this course I mapped out and turned at the 7.5 mile mark. Usually I go on for 10 to make it 20 miles. Perviously this summer I road it in 15.1 miles per hour and 15.3 miles per hour. Today – 16.0 miles per hour. Same hills, stronger legs, and stronger mind. I expected more of myself after seeing what I am able to do and I delivered.

My experiences today are teaching me to reach for greater expectations. Set the bar a bit higher, if I reach it quickly then raise it. It I get close but not there, keep pressing on. Complacency is a dangerous thing, and not just in training. I am learning to enjoy to daily advances, however great or small. Celebrate the moment, but not rest on my laurels. There is always room for improvement – as an athlete, friend, family member, employee, citizen. Time to have Great Expectations.

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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