During the past few days, I have had a lot of time to think. That’s been my main activity since Sunday. Most of my thoughts have been about swimming. If anyone cares to hear them, here they are, my thoughts about swimming.
But first, I really must give you something. A list of all the meets and times in ascending order. I’ll be talking about these.
PNS champs times.
Age Group Sectionals times.
Senior Sectionals times.
Junior Nationals times.
Summer junior nationals.
As of March, I have now been swimming competetively for a 3 years. I started when I discovered I had Scoliosis in 5TH grade. After this, I have 4 and a half years left until the end of summer in my Senior year. That means that in ¾ of a year, or December of this year, I will be half way through my swimming career. This is scary, but it doesn’t trouble me unduly, because for the first year I swam, I did only 3 half hour classes a week compared with my 2 ½ hour, 7 day a week regime now.
Something important happened at the swim team this week. On Monday, Blake came back to the team. He’d been doing school season. Blake is undoubtedly the fastest person on the team, and has been for years and years. But, his reign is ending. He’s now in his senior year, and he has 6 months left to do his last swimming bid ever, the bid for a Junior Nationals time. When he leaves, I really don’t know what we’ll do. We need to have some sort of leader at the swim team. We really do. I don’t know who can fill his place. Ricky is too lazy and has no leadership skills, loveable as he is. Alex is too old and undependable. I’m fairly fast, and REALLY good at making sets, but I don’t know if I have the leadership skills…
I also wondered how far will I go in swimming? Me and my coach have talked about it. We’ve decided Zones is the VERY LEAST of what I will do. She wants me to go to Junior Nationals. I think I might be able to someday. Knee jerk reaction: Only JUNIOR nationals? Junior is so LAME! Thought out reaction: Oh wait, it’s Junior NATIONALS. I should be happy to go to any national competition.
I hopehopehope that Nicole picks up her act. She’s got TONS of talent. She’s a REALLY GOOD swimmer. But, she doesn’t work as hard as she could, or maybe even should. She’ll go far, but she could be incredible if she worked. I really can’t blame her. All my working now is just making up for 1. Starting swimming really late, and 2. Being really lazy the first year or two I DID swim. But the thing is, as wonderful and special it feeles to good to high up meets by myself, it's much more fun to go with her, because I really do like her. I’ve always been fond of her. We could go so far together. I hope that soon Chris joins us at the higher level meets. He’s pretty good too. It feels good to have a little of a team behind you.
Looking at the future, I see a huge glow. Bright. I KNOW I’ll go far, just as long as I keep doing what I’m doing. Looking at the future, I feel so happy knowing what it will feel like to go to Sectionals, and Zones, and then maybe even Junior Nationals. All I have to do is just keep on my current road, making corrections as possible. Also, I hope that there are a few on the team that can follow me. I love them all.