On the evening of May 29th 2007 I lay in a hospital unable to sit up, questioning if I would ever be able to swim fast again. Today I won my first National title and boosted my confidence in achieving my dream of swimming in the Olympic Games.
Running is for Athletes that can’t… can’t catch, can’t throw, can’t hit a ball, can’t swim, can’t ride a bike… I mean there is no skill involved whatsoever, it’s just like walking, only faster… Right? Wrong! Friends, let me share something with you.
For years I have dreamed of being an Olympian, but it was always a dream. A dream followed in blind faith that one day, maybe just one day, by a mighty act of God it would come true. This weekend that dream became real. The journey starts now.
I don’t whine for attention or to get out of hard work. I whine to verbalize the pain I am feeling. It reassures me that I am heading in the right direction. In some twisted way it helps build confidence in my training and my ability. But do athletes have a right to whine?
I did 3 weeks of workouts without my swim watch or a pace clock. At the end of it I was swimming faster with better technique thanks to a phenomenon called “sensory compensation”. Lose your watch and make a breakthrough, here’s how I did it.
Success at the highest level is a very large, thousand piece puzzle. I am learning more and more how critical this piece of the puzzle is. These are my support structures, and the reasons you, as an athlete need a support structure to perform at your best.
This poem got me chasing the dream of swimming in an Olympic Games. It’s a long shot dream, but with a little common sense and a healthy does of determination, you’d be surprised at what’s possible. I hope it inspires you too.
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