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Excuses for a Bad Workout are Reasons for a Good Workout

posted August 6, 2006 @ 10:03 PM  |  Technique, Tips, and Drills category

I swam long-course today after being out of the water for over a week and a half. I felt terrible at first and had my share of excuses to just swim for yards and basically blow the workout. I'll share a few of my excuses:

So I'm swimming along doing my warm-up and realized how much I missed long-course, my favorite kind of training. I also thought how great the water temperature was and what a nice breeze we were having - all with a clear blue summer sky. In short, we had perfect practice conditions. But you know, I really wasn't into it especially when my chest tightened and I felt the shortness of breath that comes before the inevitable wheezing.

I thought to myself (during this long warm-up), "I wonder how bad my asthma would be right now if I wasn't in any decent shape?" Then I started to think about my stroke. I then remembered how great I'd feel later while walking out of the pool after practice, stress free and rejuvenated. As far as losing my feel for the water, it slowly came back by the time we made it to our sprints.

There you have it: all my excuses for a bad workout became my reasons for a very important training session and a very good workout. I've got my next few weeks planned out which include one day of doubles. Do me a favor and learn from my mistakes, not yours. My mistake? I was failing at my workout before I even got into the pool, good thing it only lasted the length of the warm-up, but still lasted about 1,200 meters too long.


You anxiety was problably from being away from all your dynoswimmers and not being able to take your frustrations out on us.

Posted by Amy on August 9, 2006 @ 7:32 AM

That was definitely part of the problem.

Posted by Dean O. on August 9, 2006 @ 9:50 AM


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