Time is of essence – you aim to do things faster the next time. How can you reach the playground faster? How to gain muscle faster? And how to up the time record you set last time?
Of course, doing something within a certain time-frame is appreciable but if that is less than what your colleagues can do – then you want more. You do feel proud that your friends can swim faster than you. But deep inside you want to beat them become the number 1.
Or sometimes you just don’t wish to come last every time you do laps with many of your friends. Although you know swimming – you want to feel competitive enough to do something. It’s like leaping, wanting for more than you have now.
I used to get tired a lot – swimming takes energy from the whole body and since every part of your body is doing some work – it is tiring. After doing few laps – often I found myself struggling for breath and energy.
And it went on for a while – I used to think if ever I was gonna do at least 4 laps and still have my energy left for the day.
It feels sad that you can’t do more. When your friends are just starting – you have lost the energy to continue. It feels like you ain’t made for this type of drill.
Fast forward to today, I can swim up to 10 or more laps and without tiring. On the contrary I feel energized. It’s like I can do more laps for the next half hour and still have the energy to walk down 2 km down the home. Which I often do after the swim – so yeah.
This proves one thing – if your aim is to swim faster then you have to wait. But not just typically wait – you have to put in hours of practice, show up daily and then your stamina will gradually increase.
If you are looking for a magical shortcut, then there ain’t one. Slowly and gradually – that’s the key. So keep at it and push a little more every week or so. And soon enough you will find yourself swimming faster. Good luck.