Sometimes it is just about being in the water.
Four years ago at Perth, I was not feeling well. It was a long trip to Perth, which really is at the end of the earth. I had been taking some medicine which did not agree with me and and I thought there was a dark cloud that was over my head.
I saw a swimmer I knew from the USMS House of Delegates and told her I was feeling lousing and was going to bag the 800 Free. She talked me into at least just swimming the event, after all it was an 8,000 mile trip.
I said OK. The cloud was over my head when I was in the marshaling area and when they took us to the blocks. The ref blew the long whistle, it was time to jump in the water. The minute my feet hit the water, the cloud went away. It was summer again. I swam ok and the time would have been better if I had read the rules to see that the lap counter goes down in number not increase - I only looked at the lap counter only once about half way through and was off by two laps.
It felt great just to be in the water.
I remembered that last week. I did not sleep well and was in a quandary if I really wanted to swim. The mind won out over the body and I took the three minute walk to the pool. Heard from the coach on what the days workout would be. When I jumped in the water, it was Perth all over again. The cloud went away.
Sometime it feels good just to swim and enjoy the water.
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