I’ve always detested the phrase, popularised by Nike, “just do it” as I associated it with gung-ho trainers who don’t have the first clue about the challenges some of their clients face. To me, it’s always made light of the barriers that clients face when trying to begin or maintain some type of fitness regime.
Yet, I have been using this phrase for my own benefit to get me out of the door and committing to swim squad. Today, it has been raining and generally looking very miserable, but often when it rains, the ambient temperature is warmer, so it’s actually not a bad time to swim!
I’ve been observing out of all of this internal carry on that there is a mental cost associated with procrastination. Simply turning up to the pool deck, donning my cap and goggles and jumping straight in without fluffing around at the side ‘testing the water’ is infinitely easier than taking twenty extra steps to get the same result.
The same goes for the training, I am learning to tune out of my own head when the coach gives us directions. Rather than, “10 x 150m, you have to be kidding! I’m not capable of this!”, I simply put my head down and just start. I know that from my post in the remedial lane, that I’m going to have my work cut out for me to finish with the skilled swimmers, so best to get stuck into it straightaway.
I have to work at the swimming to ensure it becomes a habit for me. It’s so much easier mentally if I don’t have to wrestle with the old chestnut of “will I go or not?” If I think too long or hard about whether I like it or not, or what the weather is doing, I just won’t turn up. Swimming is a necessary part of rehab for me, so those thoughts just aren’t allowed to happen! Especially as Aussie surfer, Mick Fanning, who has also had hamstring avulsion surgery, was able to swim away from an attacking shark at a surf meet earlier in the week. The papers profiled Mick Fanning’s surfing journey, labelling his ‘catastrophic hamstring injury’ as being a defining life moment! Knowing that he’s come through the rehab is a definite motivator, even though I cannot see myself being a world beater anytime soon!
I also find having a structured cycling program works well for me too. However, that will have to wait until Mr T (aka Ham-On-The-Bone) is a bit stronger.
Speaking of Mr T, I knocked out 4 x 50 m kick today at the pool without any stress or pain. I was delighted – yet another step in the right direction!