It has been way too long since my last blog, but I felt compelled to write a quick post.
I have REALLY been struggling with my swimming. I first learned to swim in 2010 and literally had to start from scratch. I was taught the total immersion method, which was a good beginning, but unfortunately TI does not teach a person how to be an endurance swimmer (IMHO).
I've been suffering through weekly sessions with Monika Chiappetta and Open Water Swims at Lake in the Hills (every Wednesday, 6pm, followed by a 5k run- check it out- www.lith.org). To cheer me up, my good friend and tri-spiration, Jamie Van Vuren forwarded me an email which really helped reframe my thinking (again). The email was sent to her by Jenny Harrison, a phenomenal tri-coach who also happens to live locally and runs our weekly OWS. In the email Jenny talks about one of her athletes who has made serious improvements on her running and related that in her experience it takes an adult triathlete 5 years to reach his or her potential. Even though I've told myself countless times to be patient, and my swim coach has done the same, it's nice to hear from someone who has been coaching athletes for many years that it takes time.
Last night I wanted to give up and was filled with thoughts of self-doubt. Today I have decided to acknowledge that I am still in pre-school in terms of my development in triathlon and to keep plugging away at it.