The Importance of crossing lines, breaking old records and doing things that you’ve never done before.
Yesterday I did something that I have never done before. I actually swam one mile in the pool that I train at each week. The pool is 25 meters long so one mile is 33 laps or 66 lengths in the pool. The most that I had ever done before Saturday was 18 laps or just over a ½ mile.
Saturday morning I was training with my good friend Jayson Keener when he said that he was going to try and swim a mile. I thought “Man you are crazy” “There is no way that I could do a mile in the pool” “That would take at least an hour”. I am sure that there are some of you that have swam a mile before and it might not seem like such a big deal, but I can still remember the first time I got in the pool and only after 4 laps I was out of breath.
I started by saying “I will just do 18 laps” ‘That’s a good workout”. Then at 18 laps I thought why not 20 laps. Once I did 20, I thought lets do 23 and then I will only be 10 laps away from a mile. Well after swimming for 55 minutes straight, I had not only finished my first mile long swim but I had also done something that seemed way past my ability.
In my 356to50 challenge I have to accept and embrace that there are going to be things that I will do that I have never done before. You may have heard the saying that “If you want to keep getting what you’re getting; then keep doing what you’ve been doing”. In other words if we are going to get different results then we have gotten in the past then we are going to have to cross some lines, break some old records and do things that we’ve never done before.