Daily repetition matters when a kid is learning to swim. It can be 20 minutes in a lesson or an hour practicing for a couple of weeks.
I think some parents fall into a trap, teaching their kids that everything is always perfect and everyone is always a winner.
It’s hard to go out and practice every single day, and you get really tired. But you have to believe in yourself.
Swimming is great because there are levels of goals. First, when I was four, it was making it to the other end and overcoming the fear of standing up in front of everybody at a swim meet because I was such a shy kid.
For as long as I wanted to swim, I also wanted to do something on TV. My best friend in high school, we used to pretend like we had a TV show, and we had this dream of being the next ‘Kate Allie.’ Having that kind of a shtick.
I love to swim. When I jump in the water, I feel like I’m 12 years old again. It’s really funny how it does that to me.
The more sleep you get in before the clock turns midnight, the more rested you feel no matter what time your alarm goes off.
I started swimming when I was four because my brother wanted to join a swim team, and I wanted to do what he did. They said I had to be six, but if I could swim a lap, then I could participate. So I swam a lap, and the rest is history.
I love to run, but training can be hard, especially with a family and a crazy travel schedule. I often do sprints with my kids, where they bike and I run along side them so we can ‘race’ each other for a quarter-mile or shorter repeats.
When I was training for the Olympics, I didn’t eat the way I should have. I missed out on much-needed protein and opted for every easy carb.
It’s not really about the competition. Your biggest challenge in a race is yourself. You’re often racing against time. You’re frequently running everything through your mind. You’re always competing against preconceived ideas. It’s not really the person next to you that you worry about.
The kids know what I’m doing when I exercise, and that’s powerful. So don’t just tell your kids to go play outside. Take a moment off your computer, put on your tennis shoes, hop outside and help them start their game and run off some energy.