Swimmer of the Week:
In June 2009, after dealing with a partial Achilles tear, among other injuries from years of running and playing competitive soccer, I bought a pack of twenty pool sessions, with the full intention of using them to heal and get back on the road. Just the twenty. I’d never really swam before either, but I figured the low impact exercise would help alleviate my ailments. The first practice I struggled to make it through a single lap without hugging the wall or hearing the constant corrective yawp from the pool deck (which I still hear with good reason!). But the folks were friendly and helpful, and I enjoyed the process of learning something new, along with the strenuous exercise.
Little did I know at the time, I would keep coming to practice, progressing lane-by-lane, eventually throwing in flip-turns for freestyle and backstroke after years of open turns, slowly inching my pace downwards for all strokes, and generally getting better. As a member of the night crew, the team practices provide a welcome respite and way to decompress after a long day’s work, even if I can’t catch my breath sometimes. OK, most of the time :-). This opportunity is due in no small part to great coaching, from Suzanne to Dianne, Kris, Maria, Jim, and Melissa. Their insistence and positivity, too, are immeasurable.
Forward 10 or so years, I still have so much to learn, and I’m motivated to keep improving. I can’t thank the coaches, my lane-mates, our team enough for the camaraderie and great friendships, and I’m looking forward to a great season and beyond!
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