Flash forward to 2014, and the long course is back up - and I'm 34 weeks pregnant. Can I do it? The same trepidation arises. I haven't been swimming with my Master's class as I can't keep up with their workouts, but I definitely say hi on a regular basis. I go to see them as they are getting ready to start their workout, right after I had finished mine in the only short course lane available.
Me: "I'm not sure about swimming the long course. I just got out of the shallow end and I'm pretty beat."
Others: "You can always hang on to the lane line!"
"Just take the end lane, the wall is right there."
"Go slow, you'll be fine."
"You won't have any problems."
"Try a kickboard first to get comfortable."
"I can't believe you're still swimming! That is so great."
So, I take their advice and encouragement to heart. The lane line is right there. The wall is about four feet away. I can always get out and hop in the short lane. Ok, I'm ready! I get in, and it's no problem at all! I use their strategies not only to help with what could very well be roadblocks to my success, but also as motivators that I really could do it. I appreciate their support and know that they are rooting for me to meet my goal.
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