I’ve enjoyed all of the above but as usual I can feel a monster inside myself wanting to push harder. I want the body of an athlete now and total fitness yesterday. For some reason I’m ignoring the fact that I am failing to give my body time to adapt and grow fitter. This then results in a boom and bust experience which will last a max of 2 – 3 months and will leave quite a negative scar that will take months to recover from.
I’ve only swam 3 times so far and my fitness levels are such that a length of front crawl is a major piece of cardiovascular exercise. Here is an example of how I’ve been pushing and pushing too hard. The first time I went out I did 25 lengths of breast stroke and I was shattered for the next two days. Then a week later I changed the regime to every 1 in 5 being front crawl and then yesterday I changed it to one in 3. I can already here a voice challenging and pushing me to aim for 50 lengths! Yet I know whilst I could do it now I’d be shattered for 3 – 4 days an experience I can’t afford and which risks putting me off returning to swim again.
This time I want to not only exercise my body but exercise my maturity. I want my fitness development to be sustained and gradual and for that I need patience and self discipline.
One step and one day at a time big lad – lets have no acts of self sabotage – slow down and enjoy!