What doesn’t kill you

Apparently Kelly Clarkson has it right. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Or so says Grace.

Grace worked her ass off this year. She had one goal. Go to zones. Mission accomplished. The hard work didn’t kill her at all. It actually worked. Grace went to zones.

She said it was the greatest thing she has ever done. They travelled by bus. Stayed in a hotel. The food was “fantastic”. They went bowling, played laser tag, drove go-karts and went to see a movie. She made amazing friends. Oh. And they swam. It sounds fun doesn’t it? Aside from the pesky swimming. What is not to love about zones?

Turns out Grace is pretty bad at go-karts. This concern me a little. I was looking forward to her getting her license on her 16th birthday so I don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn for swim practice. I don’t think this will happen. Laser tag is also not her thing. She was the first one killed off. I have been bowling with her, she needs a Nerf bowling ball. All right, so she sucks at all these leisure activities. At least she can swim. Right?

Turns out swimming wasn’t really her thing at zones either. Suffice to say, she didn’t get any best times. I was hoping she would be somewhat disappointed. She wasn’t.

All she can talk about now is HOW she can qualify for zones next year. At the bottom of her age group. She wants to meet with her coaches at the beginning of the season to map out her strategy. She wants to go to the new early morning practice. She can not stop talking about and thinking about going to zones next year.

I personally would have liked to have seen her do better at the meet. But next best thing is walking away highly motivated to go next year.

I think next years goal will need to be “go to zones and kick ass”. We forgot that piece last year. I wasn’t disappointed, we are in it for the long haul. She is 12.

After a two week break, including a cruise and a trip to the beach, I look forward to the start of the next season. Sarah is sticking with swimming another year and Sophie is anxious to get back to it. Here we go.


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