I’m definitely a “glass half full” person. I don’t like negative talk on the pool deck because I understand there isn’t a perfect team, perfect coach or perfect swimmer.
For my entire lifetime as a parent, I have been a swim mom. I can probably count the races that I have missed on one hand and always for reasons out of my control. Until now.
This weekend we took my baby to college, set up her dorm room, and she begins a brand new journey as an NCAA athlete.
Today is my birthday. My 14th Year as a swim mom and I’ll spend it at a meet.
Perhaps more than any other sport, swimming is truly a family affair.
As I am preparing to become a college swim mom and people are asking me about whether year-round swimming is worth it.
Soon it will be May and the final days of your senior year will be a memory. They are flying by at a rapid pace with every week bringing a new last time.
As I near the end of my age group parenting for a swimmer, I’ve had many conversations about what constitutes success in the sport of swimming. I mean real success. Because at the end of the journey the medals and ribbons will be put away, the special cuts will not matter, and you’ll be left with memories.
Literally thousands of articles have been written about what qualities you find in the very best swim coaches. Having been around this sport for 14 years, I have seen my share of all types of coaches.
Last week was another milestone in my daughter’s long swim career when her school held a signing ceremony for athletes headed to college for their sports.
We are swim coaches and parents everywhere who are longing for the chance to see you race again, hide out in the locker room from a tough set, or leave your wet towels everywhere. We are used to getting up at 4 am and we secretly love it.
Savor the successes and learn from mistakes. The only real failure is giving up. Swimming is exhilarating. It is also humbling.
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