Snow, Swim, and Believe

What would the first day of winter be without snow? A day in Florida! And I am not there, I am in Ohio and Old Man Winter showed up. It is quite pretty and although it has affected traffic, I am happy to see snow. It just may be a white Christmas after all. As of 5:30 this evening I have four inches of snow in my backyard. Here is the most recent view:

First day of winter in Chagrin Falls, Ohio
First day of winter in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

I recently wrote on the importance of listening to my body and then the irony of not being able to hear yesterday. Well today I expanded that ability and listened to the wind outside at 4:30 AM. Desiring 45 minutes more of sleep (listening to my body) as well as a little issue on my mind (listening to my conscience), I hit snooze and went back to sleep. (Lew Wallace, inventor of the snooze button, was a genius.) I decided to skip spin class and get a little longer swim in this morning. The workout was 2,400 meters and it brought me to an even 16,000 meters for the week. This is only the third week this year that I put in 16,000 meters or more. The workout offered a good variety, including some backstroke and back kicking. I learned this is where my weakness is in the backstroke, my kick. My friend I swam with is just a bit faster than I in freestyle and she lapped me in the back kick set. Getting the distance in is important, but so is getting the stroke down right. The combination of both will hopefully continue to improve my pace in the water.

In January I adopted a mantra Believe. The second post I ever wrote on this blog on December 30, 2011 I shared how I needed to believe I was able to swim faster and be able to do a flip turn. It was that post that lead me a week or so later to the mantra Believe. I am not sure if it is seeing my ability to improve or believing I am able and then doing it, but I do Believe now. And it is exciting. I am anxious to see where I will be down the road. I know there will be plateaus along the way, but seeing the strides I have made is encouraging. The bike is my next focus to hopefully see improvement, which does surprise me a bit since it had been my strongest sport in the past.

Most of all I have been able to look at my progress and analyze where I need improvement – without beating myself up. Part of Believing is having confidence. Confidence comes from both knowing there are things I am skilled at but also knowing where I can improve. In a way it is humbling, but it helps me see who I truly am and where I want to be. I believe I am able, and yet I am still learning. Something I intend to do the rest of my life.

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