One of my swim friends on Spark People created a new challenge to run from September 10 to October 10. She said to look at the principles that guide Diana Nyad from this article and focus on one or more of the principles for a month.
Here's what I'm doing:
First, #4 Nyad is a learning machine and #8 Nyad is coachable. I already try to internalize what my coach tells me to do to get better, but I'm going to really focus on that this month. Maybe I'll improve enough to not hate breaststroke!
Second, #2 Nyad embraces obstacles to growth. This past week has reminded me how fantastic I feel when I swim consistently. For the next month, I'll schedule in 3 swims and 1 strength training class per week.
Finally, #10 Nyad is a big thinker. I want to work on my sprint times. In the next month, I'm going to try to get down to either under 1:30 for a 100 free or under :40 for a 50 free, or both. I'm not sure if I can get there in a month, but I'm going to try!
So far this week is good. Not only did I listen to and incoporate my coach's breaststroke advice at Masters (and maybe got a little faster), but I swam Monday and Tuesday and I went to strength training class yesterday. I'm feeling energized all day long (well, until around 9 PM because early morning workouts make me an old lady). I haven't started the sprint work yet, but I'll get there.