If you never try… You’ll never fail. But more importantly, you’ll never succeed. Tonight I raced a little differently to how I would usually go about it. The result of my semi final swim last night showed me what my normal strategy would produce, and I liked it. But if I was looking to be faster I was going to have to change something.

Looking back on my 100 Breaststroke final at NCAA’s a couple of weeks I felt like I wasn’t aggressive enough on the front end of the race, sure that left me with the ability to come home strong, but I believe the tactic prevented me from breaking the 54 flat barrier in the short course pool. Last night I didn’t want to be left with the same feeling and attacked hard from the start.

I managed to get out faster than I did in the prelims and the semi finals, and although I closed the race with the second fastest 50 (behind Cameron VD Burgh who put together a fantastic race) I struggled on my way home finishing in a 1.03.11, just being touched out by two one-hundredths of a second and getting third. (That will fuel my fire on a couple of the tough sets I face in the next year, that you can be sure of!)

Although I am disappointed that I didn’t manage to put together a time that I know my body is capable of right now,  this is my first medal at South African National Champs and I am very, very happy with my effort. Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found a 10,000 ways that won’t work”. He has a point. I’m a better swimmer today than I was yesterday and I still have another 365 days of learning to do!