My attempt at the English Channel isn’t until the 1st
“neap tide” in 2013. By my calculation,
that’s about 947 days away. Now that’s a long time! Some folks have
asked me how I stay motivated when my goal is that far away. My
answer: break the time down into short-term goals! For example, my
swim training schedule has me completing a United States Masters
Swimming (USMS) “One Hour Postal Swim” in
January 2011. This swim requires me to swim as far as I can in, of
course, 1 hour. It is known as a “Postal” swim because my results,
along with all others completing the swim, are mailed to USMS. This
way, even though I’m not at a big swim meet — something I cannot
envision myself doing at this point — I get to compete against
others because USMS tallies the results for all participants.
Because I am swimming in the One Hour Postal Swim on January 22,
2011, I can focus my current workouts to get me to the goal of
swimming as well and as far as I possibly can on that date.
Breaking down long-term goals into manageable steps is really the
only way I can envision getting to the “starting line” of my
Channel attempt. If I did not break it down, the steps needed to
get there could, and likely would, be overwhelming. Of course,
there are many more interim goals before I get to the Channel! I’ll
try to keep you posted on what they are and whether I succeed —
whatever that may mean at the time. My approach reminds me of the
answer to the question: “How do you eat an elephant”? One bite at a
time! Until next time…stay focused on your goals and do everything
in your power to achieve them!
Welcome to my blog!
On this blog, you will be able to read about the quest to achieve my goal of swimming the English Channel in 2013. I hope you enjoy it and come back regularly to see how I'm doing!
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