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Celestial
February 20th, 2014, 08:46 PM
Seems Iíve lost my mojo. Canít decide the cause (winter blahís, hot training water, demoralizing training group, chronic injuries, what?) so itís hard to know how to fight back. I donít feel depressed, but when I get in the pool, Iím acting depressed. Itís like Iím afraid to get out of breath Ė or like Iím just not interested in working that hard any more. All of a sudden itís a struggle to go to the gym. In fact, this morning, I didnít. I have a great excuse, with ďfrozen shoulderĒ (how does that happen to a swimmer?) so upper body weight lifting is OUT for a while, but I could go and work on abs and legs. But instead I slept in. I even scratched a meet this month. Havenít done that in a while; Iíve scratched events, but not an entire meet. Anybody have any great ideas on how to get that spark back? So Iím excited for the race again? Excited to ďget after itĒ?

Thanks in advance!

That Guy
February 21st, 2014, 02:48 AM
To break out of stagnation, I've been trying USRPT for this training cycle. I don't claim to know where it's headed, but it's been interesting and the quality and intensity of my practices has gone way up.

waves101
February 21st, 2014, 08:42 AM
I always find it best to look at the calendar, find a meet that you've had positive results at in the past and reset your goals to attend this meet envisioning great results. Another idea is to find a workout partner, even if its online, and have them help pull you through some of the monotony.

knelson
February 21st, 2014, 10:18 AM
Perhaps train for a different event or events? Maybe even take a break from competitive swimming and do something completely different for a while. The pool will always be there.

robertsrobson
February 21st, 2014, 11:20 AM
Seems I’ve lost my mojo. Can’t decide the cause (winter blah’s, hot training water, demoralizing training group, chronic injuries, what?) so it’s hard to know how to fight back. I don’t feel depressed, but when I get in the pool, I’m acting depressed. It’s like I’m afraid to get out of breath – or like I’m just not interested in working that hard any more. All of a sudden it’s a struggle to go to the gym. In fact, this morning, I didn’t. I have a great excuse, with “frozen shoulder” (how does that happen to a swimmer?) so upper body weight lifting is OUT for a while, but I could go and work on abs and legs. But instead I slept in. I even scratched a meet this month. Haven’t done that in a while; I’ve scratched events, but not an entire meet. Anybody have any great ideas on how to get that spark back? So I’m excited for the race again? Excited to “get after it”?

Thanks in advance!

I think the first thing I'd say is: cut yourself some slack for the things you've not done, and give yourself permission not to do them. It's not your career. It's a hobby, and if you're not enjoying it, take a step back. You'll feel much better if going is a positive choice.

That said, you probably still want to stay fit. Consider trying something different for a while to stay active.

I'd also recommend reminding yourself what you love about swimming. Take some time to list it out on paper. You'll probably a) be surprised about how much is there and b) how you'd forgotten or started taking some of them for granted.

Focus only on those things, at least for a while. Forget goals, times, yardage, structure.... Do it for the love of it, or don't..

I'd also reiterate what That Guy suggests about trying something new, whether USRPT or something else, as a pure experiment and because it's potentially interesting, not necessarily because it might lead to something longer term.

orca1946
February 21st, 2014, 02:53 PM
Are you having fun???? If not ,then find another sport/hobby to do for a while. I always have a let down in the middle of the S C season - winter in Chicagoland -dark in the morn. & evening. Go back to trying to enjoy the feeling of being in the water not to train for times , but to relax. Jerks in your lane ??? - find another lane.

Allen Stark
February 21st, 2014, 09:29 PM
Everyone goes through cycles of motivation.All the tips so far are good.It's fine to take some time off from swimming.If you do you will probably begin to miss it and then you'll be back.Another thing you may do is pick a meet and enter events you never swim.You'll be guaranteed to get PBs and it may take the pressure off.Also consider doing only 3 or so events and spend most of the meet socializing.

Bill Sive
February 22nd, 2014, 02:00 AM
I think shopping for a new swimsuit would help.

Shopping always helps.

Cheesecake helps even better.

StewartACarroll
February 22nd, 2014, 07:26 AM
Have you ever swum with kids in a USAS team? I love my masters team but from an energy perspective there is nothing like being around kids who love swimming; it's also infectious. It was quite intimidating the first few times I trained with the kids and even more intimidating when I competed against the kids but it's really great fun and gives you a whole new perspective on why swimming is important to you. I unfortunately don't get to train with the kids regularly but every opportunity I get, I take.

Another thought would be to get involved in coaching either USMS or USAS. You can still swim but again this will give you other perspective and reason to fall in love with swimming again.

flystorms
February 22nd, 2014, 12:29 PM
There are some great suggestions here! Hope you're able to get it back soon. Sleep will definitely help. Maybe a massage. Oh and yes, buying a new suit can certainly help too (love that idea!)

I'd like to add one thing that may be peripheral to all of this. I've seen some of your blogs and posts. Celestial, you're an inspiration to me. I draw off your energy that you've portrayed in the past. SOmetimes knowing someone out there is watching, learning, getting inspired, will help you get back to what makes you excited again. Your enthusiasm for the sport shows whether it's showing in the pool or not. Stay engaged a bit. Maybe go back to some of your old posts and see where you had fun?

Bill Sive
February 22nd, 2014, 10:56 PM
I agree with Flystorms, Celestial is an inspiration.



Now for that second helping of cheesecake.

Sojerz
February 23rd, 2014, 01:03 PM
I agree with Flystorms, Celestial is an inspiration.

Add me to the list Celestial's inspirees.

1) I think it is harder to get motivated in the early morning during the winter - dark, cold etc. - we want to hibernate;

2) it's really hard to keep going at full tilt x365 days/year - get your sneaks and bike out, and back off the pool so it's maybe 2 or 3 times per week (I pretty much stopped completely for 4 or 5 months and that was not a good idea - should have stayed in the pool at least a few days per week);

3) My main mojo motivator comes when I watch other swimmers in the pool from the sidelines (envy) - could be just watching live at a local AG or college meet, or a national meet on TV, or even just a practice - I wanta do it, not sit and watch. I wanta swim like Michael or Ryan, so watch a couple of meets, and I'm headed back to the pool.

4) I haven't coached in many many years, but think that would stimulate me to keep swimming too, if it didn't take up all the available time.

Celestial
February 23rd, 2014, 01:30 PM
To break out of stagnation, I've been trying USRPT for this training cycle. I don't claim to know where it's headed, but it's been interesting and the quality and intensity of my practices has gone way up.
I tried that yesterday, and you're right, it's fun!

Celestial
February 23rd, 2014, 01:41 PM
Well, everybody, I think I'm back (that was fast, right?). You all had great advice, but just to clarify (and possibly reassure myself) I had not lost my love of swimming, just my desire to push myself to swim HARD and FAST. (Of course, fast is relative, of course.).
I think that I have very specific training condition requirements that must be met: cool water, clean pool, and it also helps to have someone close to my speed, that I might have a chance to beat every now and then. It is very demoralizing to have people beat the socks off you day after day. Imagine always having Ryan Lochte as a lane mate; even tho he's a really nice guy, and I must say, nice to look at, it wouldn't help either of us to be training partners. I am impressed by those who seem able to push themselves to the limit every day, no matter what the conditions. I think this is a symptom of getting old. I am becoming "set in my ways", like my father, and I am a bit grumpy if things aren't the way I like them. Thank you all for your helpful and kind comments. And Flystorm, you inspire me, too! I can't wait to meet you at the San Antonio Nationals next Spring!

ElaineK
February 23rd, 2014, 02:09 PM
I agree with Flystorms, Celestial is an inspiration.



Now for that second helping of cheesecake.

If it's chocolate, I'll join you! :dinner:

While I'm at it, I'm jumpin' in with those of you who have been inspired by Celestial! It is always great to see her at swim meets!