It took me nearly 45 minutes, but I did it. I finished the swim! I had been working so hard mentally and physically to get to that point and I was completely elated. I felt so empowered to have conquered that fear.
Every day is new and comes with new challenges, peaks, and valleys, but it is important to view each day as an adventure. What helped me to get out of bed and ready to get to the gym, was three words to live by, preparation, accountability, and goals.
We want to pass on the love of our sport and a love of activity to our children. We want our kids to work hard to achieve their goals (both athletic and otherwise), and we want to be a model for this behavior. However, if they see us miserable; constantly under stress from missed workouts; unhappy with our race results; or hear us beating ourselves up for not reaching our training goals, that is not giving the right message.
When you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or just realize you no longer care you must speak up or something must give because it can really affect your training. Training with your significant other is not for everyone out there but if you can compromise and motivate one another “equally” it’s the best thing ever. From my personal experience so far, I love being able to see my husband hit huge milestones that he felt were impossible to achieve and vice versa.