Inspiring Teammates

21 08 2013

It’s rainy season in Florida.

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And that means that pretty much every afternoon dark clouds roll in and then the sky opens up. Loud booms of thunder and the flash of lightning paired with the buckets and buckets of rain frequently squash all hopes of getting in an afternoon workout. Thankfully (I think?) me and the XP gang have been getting in our workouts in the AM, and we’ll occasionally get lucky enough to have an afternoon workout.

Last week was one of those lucky weeks, where we were able to get in our Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon swims! Crazy, right? I wanted to tell you about Thursday’s practice, because it was one of those practices where you get out of the water knowing that you left it all in the pool. But it was also one of those practices where you realize how awesome and inspiring your teammates are.

After a short warm up, we did a challenging set of 100s:

3 x 100 on 1:40, 3 x 100 on 1:35, 3 x 100 on 1:30

2 x 100 on 1:35, 2 x 100 on 1:30, 2 x 100 on 1:25

1 x 100 on 1:30, 1 x 100 on 1:25, 1 x 100 on 1:20

Based on my current swim fitness, I’d say these intervals were “just right” for me- not too tough, but not too easy either. It was a good set for me.

After the 100s, Felipe had one last thing planned for us. He gave each of us a challenging goal time for a 100. When someone beat the goal time, everyone could go home. We would go from fastest to slowest, one at a time.

Felipe went first, and he had to beat a 1:01. We were all cheering as he came into the wall…:59, 1:00…touch! It was awfully close, but he came in just under 1:01. We were about to be dismissed, but I wasn’t ready. I had felt strong during the set of 100s, so I told him I wanted to swim. My goal time was to beat a 1:04. I’m pretty sure the fastest I’ve swum during a practice on a single 100 all out was 1:06. This was definitely going to be a challenge. I left on the top and felt really strong on the first 50. By the time I flipped for my last 25, my lungs were burning, my legs were screaming that they wanted it to be over. I hit the flags and kept my head down, driving to the wall. I looked up and saw 1:03! Holy cow, I had done it! My teammates were cheering, and I was so happy to have their support.

Since we were on a roll, we decided to keep going. Heather was next, and she had to beat 1:05. She pushed off the wall and we joked about how easy it looked like she was swimming. She’s a former D1 swimmer and you can tell. She flipped at the 50 and we knew she was on target. We hollered as she headed for the wall on her last 25…the clock ticked 1:04. She beat it too!

Next up, Jess. Let me tell you, Jess is a phenomenal athlete. This girl started swimming less than two years ago, and she’s made tremendous gains in the pool. She had already done an amazing job on those 100s- they were tough intervals for her and she refused to give up. Watching her, I was reminded of so many times in my own swimming career where the interval was so short I barely had enough time to touch the wall and push off to start it all again. Those were tremendously frustrating for me, so I could totally relate as I watched her tough it out. She made every single 100 in that set- I was so proud of her!

Anyhow, Jess’s goal for this last 100 was to beat 1:17. She pushed off and I could only imagine how tired her arms were. 25…50…75….annnnd….. she did it! She came in just shy of 1:17. That girl is an animal!

Last up was Chris. Chris is also impressive-he started swimming with us just about a year ago. He had done enough swimming to get by in sprint triathlons before, but hadn’t really done much more than that, until this time last year. He also did really well on the set of 100s- sitting out when he needed to, but pushing himself hard when he was swimming. I don’t recall what goal time Felipe assigned him, but I do know that Chris was very skeptical that he would beat it. He pushed off hard, and swam his heart out. When he touched, we all cheered- he did it!

This is why I love my team- we all support each other and push each other to be better athletes. We don’t give up or take the easy way out (well, most of the time 😉 ). I love being surrounded by these guys- they inspire me to be a better athlete! I can’t wait for more practices with these guys.

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4 responses

22 08 2013
Chuck

Aw this post made me really happy and really sad–I miss you guys!

22 08 2013
321delish

We miss you too!! How’s Cali? When can we come visit?!?

22 08 2013
Chuck

It’s good! Come visit ANY time you want!

23 08 2013
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