Vickie is right, of course, that the swim story is partly about ego. But I think it's more than that.
I'm teaching a unit on emotional intelligence in my class. "Emotion" and "motivate" come from the same Latin word for "to move." Emotions exist to move us. In this case, my feelings were a big flashing red arrow reminding me that if I want to be a better swimmer, I need to swim more.
I checked out pool schedules at my nearby YMCAs and decided to try swimming on Tuesdays. Today I did an easy 50-minute swim, but next time I will bring one of the workouts my coach sends us each week so I can have a clearer plan for what to do.
I miss feeling like a triathlete even more than I miss looking like one. So maybe I need to work at training like one. Gradually, of course.
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