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October 26, 2010

Coming Around Again


I swam competitively for the first time in 30 years on Sunday morning. The day started off on the wrong foot as I anxiously awoke at 4:22 AM, more than two hours before my alarm was set to go off. Then I got in the shower to shave and cut my legs in three places…which made me a bit late for the warm-up at the pool.

But by the time I got on the starting block to race I was relatively calm and my finish time was less than 5 seconds off my best time ever. I am determined to improve my time at the next meet.

Masters Swimming is a national program for anyone over the age of eighteen. Sunday’s swim meet featured about 115 racers including an 84-year-old woman racer, and an 80-year-old man! So fun! Men and women race against each other, and it’s a great community event. Plus, you can join Masters Swimming and you don't have to race.  It’s a good program for those who just want to swim for fitness too.

Returning to racing felt like going to a reunion of sorts for me- except all the people and the swimming technology are different now. I guess it was more like a reunion with myself!  Being under water is one of the most calming and centering things I have ever done. Kind of like yoga, for fish :-)

The photo above is of me 32 years ago. I'm hoping that I can get my arms at least half as strong as they were back then at this ripe old age of almost 50.

It’s gratifying to circle back around to things we once loved to do but moved away from for whatever reason.  Maybe it’s a sport, but perhaps it’s playing the violin or singing, or writing, doing art, being in a play, or learning a language that we once loved.  After college, parts of all of us get put on hold -or even forgotten about- as we start jobs and/or families, but it reconnects us with our souls to unearth them again. And, it adds a new dimension to our lives.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress...

 

11 comments:

  1. Oh Lou, I remember this photo of you so well! I do believe it is in our H.S. yearbook. Congrats on an amazing swim, you masters swimmer! I hear you are 17th (out of 500 swimmers) in the nation already! No surprise to me as you were always at the top of your game!

    I couldn't agree with you more...there is just something about swimming that calms the soul. I love your analogy of underwater swimming, "kind of like yoga for fish." Perfect. There is that rush, and then that calm. It attacks all the senses.

    Love you my swimmer fish friend! xoxoxo

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  2. Oh Louise,

    I love that you are back to swimming just as you were in high school with Cindy!

    5 seconds less than your best time is beyond impressive!

    I love the pic you posted!
    You haven't changed one bit!
    You are as Young and Beautiful as ever!

    I really didn't know if the pic was a recent one or one from back then.

    I laughed at the analogy about being underwater and the calming affects it has...."kinda like yoga for fish".
    I love that!

    This post is wonderful is so many ways!

    xoxoxo
    :)

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  3. Hey Louise - Congratulations on getting back in the pool and doing so well at your first meet!! So exciting! And I love the photo so much. XOXO

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  4. Sweet Louise - This is so impressive, I cannot tell you! My dear friend Gill just completed her first marathon at the age of 55 so I have inspiration all around me. Congratulations on this incredible accomplishment. You make me so proud! xxs, J

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  5. Hey Louise!!
    I remember that photo from the yearbook! and you look just as young today as you did then. Love this post about going back to what we once loved--I, too, believe that will help keep us young! and congrats on your new/revisited swimming adventure---no doubt you'll be as amazing now as you were then!

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  6. This is so fabulous. Go Louise! You're awesome. :)

    I want to get back into kayaking and throwing pottery on the wheel. I will find a way to fit them in, dammit! Thank you for being such an inspiration.

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  7. THAT'S JUST GREAT lOUISE! i WOULDN'T BE WITHIN A COUNTRY MILE OF MY BEST MILE TIME IN TRACK....SO 5 SECONDS OFF IS TREMENDOUS. KEEP IT UP AND KEEP US POSTED AS PROMISED.

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  8. Ohhh gosh thank you so much everyone for your words of encouragement. In the 50 free 5 seconds is a lot of time! But I am working on whittling it down bit by bit :-)

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  9. I'm so proud of you Mommy

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