This is a blog about swimming.
I started swimming competitively when I was 7 and continued through my first two years of college.
But then I drifted away from the sport - as many do who make it to the collegiate level. I swam Masters off-and-on through most of my 20s; but I felt no joy in doing so. Burnout leaves scars that can take years to heal.
Something changed last year: I discovered open water. It was a new challenge, and an interesting one. While I might never approach my times in the pool from my youth, the open water offers a blank slate.
Last fall I tried my first 5K - the famous Big Shoulders swim in Chicago. I had a good swim - but more important, I felt a thrill of challenge and purpose that I hadn’t for a long time. I was, in a word, motivated.
It’s early February now, and here in Columbus we’re still shoveling snow. Soon it will be spring, and the local swimming holes will thaw. In the meantime, I have a lot to look forward to this summer, and to motivate my laps:
- In late May, the USMS Short-Course Nationals in Atlanta.
- In mid-July, the USMS 10K Championship in Noblesville, Indiana - my first attempt at that distance, the “marathon” of open-water swimming.
- In mid-September, the Big Shoulders 5K, in what will then be my new hometown of Chicago.
I’m not sure what this blog will turn in to, and I’m not sure it matters. We shall see.
That is all.