Enjoy The Open Water Today - It's A Present

Enjoy The Open Water Today – It’s A Present

You want to do well. You train well. You make sacrifices. Your support team is ready. All systems are go. The weather is good.

But your performance in the open water – whether it is your first open water swim, a channel attempt, a triathlon or a competition – does not meet your expectations.

It happens all the time in the open water. For open water swimming pits us against forces much greater than we can control. Open water swimmers can manage the situation, they can prepare for situations, but they cannot control the situation – whether it is waves, water temperature, winds, currents or marine life.

Whether it is Penny Dean, an English Channel and Catalina Channel record holder, getting out of the water on her first swim in San Francisco Bay, Ted Erikson failing on his first two attempts in the Farallones Islands or Ned Denison unable to continue after a few minutes on his first Jersey Solo attempt, great swimmers dry themselves off and move on. They learn from their failures, analyze their performance, get frustrated for a bit, but they continue to move forward.

We are reminded of some great quotes that hint at the importance of enjoying the present and moving forward from unmet expectations:

Don’t let the past steal your present,” Terri Guillemets.

There is no distance on this earth as far away as yesterday,” Robert Nathan.

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today,” Cherokee Indian Proverb.

The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post,” L. Thomas Holdcroft.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present,” Babatunde Olatunji.

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