Have I mentioned that I’m back in the pool again? Like, not just to splash around post-surgery, but to seriously work out and train for the 4.4-mile Great Chesapeake Bay Bridge Swim? My first real swim “back” came last Wednesday, when a runner-friend and I hit the Takoma pool for a mid-day swim date. He was in the lane next to me, wearing maroon swim trunks. I decided I’d swim straight through—no sets, just a big chunk of yardage—until he got out.
The transition between him leaving the pool and another maroon-trunk-clad dude getting in was so seamless, I didn’t even notice the switch until, 3,200 yards later, I decided I was tired and would like to get out, please. Meanwhile, my buddy was waiting upstairs. In case you’re wondering: No, they looked nothing alike, aside from the trunks. Confusion is a great motivator.
Anyway, while he was waiting, my buddy noticed this lovely manifesto for the pool’s youth swim team, the DC Wave:
DC Wave Swimmer’s Will
I will always say “I will” or “I do.
I will think positive at all times.
I will respect myself, teammates, coaches, parents, and competitors.
I will do my best each day.
I will be on time.
I will start and end each swim at the wall.
I will start each set on time
I will streamline always.
I will flip all turns.
I will breathe from both sides.
I will push myself past what I believe is possible.
I will encourage my teammates.
I will follow directions.
I will have a strong kick.
I will have fun!
The double meanings here are incredible (have a strong kick, indeed!), and I’ve clearly decided this will be my new manifesto, too.
What’s motivating you this week?