A Caring Message from Nick Baker…
Dear PEAK Swimmers,
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been in touch with many PEAK swimmers. Some are sad. Some remain in panic mode, hoping that their swimming lives quickly return to normal. Some have accepted the realities of COVID-19 and the damage done. Whatever their state, I advise them to: (1) let go of the past, (2) prepare in the present, and (3) look forward to the future.
Letting go of the past doesn’t mean forgetting the highlights of the season that began last September. You can still do that, but understand that the past is in your rearview mirror of life and isn’t coming back.
Preparing in the present implies staying focused and in the swimming mode as best as possible. You can do that by maintaining a strict routine of academics, exercise, diet, and rest. Although you don’t have water to train in, there are other things you can do: dry-land, yoga, running, cycling, goal setting, visualization, meditation, visiting SwimSwam, and watching swimming videos on YouTube. The swim season will return at some point, and you must be ready on day one to rock and roll!
Looking forward to the future suggests having an upbeat attitude and an optimistic outlook. Sure it’s easy to feel heartbroken and disillusioned right now, but what good does it do? A true winner survives and thrives in both the good and bad times. How about you?