If you ever want to know just how out of shape you are just head for the pool. I don’t mean one of those rinky-dink pools in a backyard somewhere. I’m talking about a serious pool. One of those fifteen or twenty-five-yarders! Then, dement yourself into believing you can actually do laps: as in more than one.
If you really want to torment yourself, meet one of your clients there… someone you’ve known for decades, someone who can swim laps until you get tired of watching, and then get in the water with him! Oh, and then break your glasses just to add insult to injury.
That’s what I did this morning and despite the fact that I am sore: my body, and bruised: my ego, I’ll probably do it again tomorrow morning because I’m certain there can be only one of two possible outcomes. Either I will drown and have nothing to worry about. Or, I will eventually build up enough stamina (and, wind) to get better. Now, before I go any further, I don’t have any illusions about what ‘better’ means. To me, it means just a hair better than today. No unrealistic expectations here, just a profound respect for my son who managed to swim intervals for twenty-five hundred yards the other day.
I’ll do it because I really liked the way I felt after I got out of the pool. Particularly, the fact that no one had to pull me off the bottom. Although, my body was sore and my lungs were burning – I felt pretty good: good because the endorphins were lying to my central nervous system and good because I actually dragged myself out of bed at 0:Dark:30 in the morning and was at the “Y” at 5:50 A.M., ten minutes before they opened. Now, all I’ve got to do is create a string of mornings like this.
My attitude is simple… If the kid can do it: I can do it. And, if it isn’t this it will be something else. In fact, I think I’ll go home and change and head for Krav tonight just to see if I can survive that… again!