Sunday, May 26, 2013
It always feels good when you get feedback from others that confirms what you are doing is right. I have often wondered about my swimming technique since I have not had any formal lessons in endurance swimming, unless you count summer camp when I was 10. At 10 years old, girls had cooties, so the only thing that really held my attention was catching crayfish and getting into water fights. Learning how to properly swim was low on the list.
Yesterday I went swimming at the Y with another guy from the gym that is training for the Steelhead 70.3 in Lower Michigan. It was great to finally get together with another like minded athlete and talk a little shop. While we were there, we ran into the coach who will be putting on a class to prep people for the local sprint tri coming up in a couple months. As luck would have it, he was also going for a swim as well and agreed to check out our technique and provide feedback.
What he had to say after my swim was like music to my ears, my technique is fantastic and even more amazing is that I learned from watching a DVD with no formal training. He only needed to make one suggestion to correct a minor problem in my form where my reach is crossing my centerline. He gave me some drills to try to correct the problem. I could tell right away that it was what I was needing. I was having some difficulty in doing my 45 degree rotations as I did the crawl, now it was much, much easier and I was gliding with greater efficiency. I am going to try to get into his class although my schedule will only allow me to attend maybe half of the sessions if I'm lucky. $90.00 is a small price to pay to have what you are doing examined and corrected if needed and, like my bike fit, would be money well spent.
I also ran onto the manager of the gym that I will be teaching the classes at and I admitted that as much as I wanted to do it, I felt nervous and intimidated by delivering the material. Everything I am doing is totally an extension of me, it's my material, my work, my show. What if it isn't well received? What if I really fail or make a fool out of myself? These are all people in my local area. It's not like if i goof up in Sparkland I can skulk off and disappear. These are people who I will run into, people I work with, and it's a small town where word gets around quick.
Basically it's all about fear of failing publicly.
She told me very plainly that she is protective of her gym and her business. If she did not have 100% confidence that I could deliver, she would have never told me to move forward with my idea. I took time to really digest that. It was then I realized what being brave is all about. It isn't some false front that you put up to hide your fear. It's when you believe in what you are doing so strongly that your conviction overrides your fear. Your are still nervous but your passion drowns out the voices of doubt.
I believe in what I am doing and I believe in why I am doing it.
I will succeed.