This is a blog about swimming.
I started swimming competitively when I was 7 and continued through my first two years of college.
But then I drifted away from the sport – as many do who make it to the collegiate level. I swam Masters off-and-on through most of my 20s; but I felt no joy in doing so. Burnout leaves scars that can take years to heal.
Something changed last year: I discovered open water. It was a new challenge, and an interesting one. While I might never approach my times in the pool from my youth, the open water offers a blank slate.
Last fall I tried my first 5K – the famous Big Shoulders swim in Chicago. I had a good swim – but more important, I felt a thrill of challenge and purpose that I hadn’t for a long time. I was, in a word, motivated.
It’s early February now, and here in Columbus we’re still shoveling snow. Soon it will be spring, and the local swimming holes will thaw. In the meantime, I have a lot to look forward to this summer, and to motivate my laps:
- In late May, the USMS Short-Course Nationals in Atlanta.