Let’s just say this blog parallels my life in the swimming pool of late. I’ve checked in sporadically at best. Yes, I’ve been working and traveling more than usual. But to be honest, it’s the shoulder injury that has messed with my head and heart and has kept me from my regular workouts. I’ve been focusing on keeping the pain below the ibuprofen level instead of focusing on my technique and the joy of being in the water.
Perhaps I’ll get a jolt of inspiration by helping out this weekend at the Pacific Masters EXCEL Weekend swim clinic. Olympian and U.S. Masters Swimmer Rowdy Gaines will give a talk about the role that “heart” plays in swimming. Bring it on Rowdy – I need it!
I’m excited to meet many of the folks who will be coaching throughout the weekend. I’ve been chatting with the Clinic Development Team via email for months, and I can testify there’s a whole lotta love and effort that has gone into planning this event. The fearless leader, Marin Pirates Masters Coach Cokie Lepinski, has been tirelessly maintaining the momentum. She is the definition of heart!
I am attending the weekend’s swim clinic to assist the coaches, and I will not be participating in the workshops. I have no doubt though, that I will learn many things and will apply them when I’m healthier. Some of the many workshops include topics like
- How to swim more efficiently (A never-ending quest, right?)
- How to perfect a turn
- Open water swimming – how to sight, swim in a pack and corner buoys
I’m also looking forward to the Saturday night social event and meeting swimmers and coaches from California, Georgia, New York, Washington and Nevada. Mostly, I'm hoping to forget the shoulder injury and rediscover my unbridled enthusiasm and love of swimming.