Visiting your college campus 10 years after your freshman year can be a weird experience. Some things are exactly the same, most buildings, the drive, the view. Me? Completely different. I never went to a swim meet as a student, even though I had a friend who swam. Its pretty shameful. But I’m fairly certain she’s forgiven me.
My cousin is a freshman swimmer so I made the trip down with family to watch his first collegiate meet. He did great! I hope to go to more events in the next few seasons, but watching reminded me of a few things.
- You never know what people are up to when you aren’t around. Student athletes are amazing. They have to keep up with their classes while also making time for practices and games/meets/matches.
- Pools have multiple uses. Its been over a year since I’ve swam laps. Which is a bummer. While I hate smelling like chlorine, I did like my swim workouts. I have access to a pool thanks to my MBA classes and I really need to take advantage of it this winter.
- You have time. I was gone all day Saturday, but my apartment is still reasonably clean and my homework is done. You just have to be sure to not waste time, or if you do waste time, accept it. I didn’t get a run in on Saturday, and I definitely didn’t get 10,000 steps on my fitbit. So Sunday morning I made sure to get up and run before brunch before the Vikings game.
When was the last time you swam in a pool? Were you a student athlete ever?
p.s. I wrote try again as my “don’t wait” because I need to get myself back in the pool. Its also the time of year that I start considering next year’s word. Nothing is standing out at this point.