Chocolate is something everyone seems to enjoy. In one of the chocolate restaurants, I read the quote – “9 out of 10 people love chocolate and then tenth one is lying”.
When you were a kid, you dreamed of eating all the chocolate in the world and it seemed like a good idea. The gooey chocolate, melting in your mouth and the good feeling it creates. It seems all the problem can be solved or made peace with by eating chocolate.
But once you grow up, you realize that eating too much of anything, be it chocolate isn’t good. And there has to be a balance.
Without which there is a high chance that you will spiral into something bad for yourself. Doesn’t matter what you do – don’t overdo it.
Progress is something you strive for and you should. But focus on the continuous and incremental growth. It doesn’t matter if you can’t grow – being consistent is good to.
Don’t go and swim 20 laps to prove someone something. Or do it because your friend is doing that. Jealously will only make you feel bad and probably hurt you.
So next time you find yourself struggling to number how many laps you should do – for for consistency or increasing difficulty in the same routine or increasing the frequency slightly.
It’s okay to improve, do less and take a break. As long as you are being reasonable with being flexible – you can grow. The idea isn’t to become the best – if you want to become the best then go and find a coach and train under her.
But if you want to have the swimming in your life as a sports outlet, something to look forward then be flexible.
Flexible with your time, injury and consistency – take a rational approach and decide basis on your health and capability.
You are not here to compete on an international level. You are here first to compete within self and make self proud. Go do that.