The whole team is officially here! This morning Abby and I did a short, 1 hour swim in the Bay with Anthony kayaking along. The water felt great! My right shoulder hurt a lot which Abby reassured me was just a manifestation of stress and anticipation.
A highlight of the day was a very comforting and reassuring talk with my mom, sitting outside after sunset in the backyard of our Airbnb just the two of us. As I described how I was feeling she reflected back an idea that perfectly encapsulates how I am/need to think about my impending P2P swim:
- Remember how easy it is
- Honor how hard it is
The first part is about remembering that at the end of the day it is just swimming. It is just stroke by stroke, kick by kick, moving through water—something that I have done since I was a child and something that I have been intensely training at for months/years. Compared to all the training and preparation I have done, the swim itself is easy. It is moving from point A to point B and then it is done. Easy.
The second part is about not dismissing the incredible feat of the crossing and training that I have already completed. It is also about recognizing that it is hard—it is a mental and physical challenge that at times will make me want to say “I don’t want to do this anymore.” BUT, I will honor the struggle of the swim and move through it, appreciating it for what it is but not letting myself become overwhelmed by the difficulty.
1. Remember how easy it is 2. Honor how hard it is.