You might think I dropped off the face of the planet. Grace and Sarah both swam Friday, Saturday and Sunday of their spring champs meet which was actually the same weekend that spring break started. They both had an amazing meet with impressive time drops. More importantly, so did all of the kids in the two groups they swim with. I love to see success as a group, it means the training is working! I always trust our coaches training programs – the intensity leading up to the championship up to the meet and the taper are the critical components. It’s exciting to see it come together.
We then took two weeks off from the pool. The girls spent a week at the beach with Grandma and Papa in Florida and Chris and I snuck off for a weekend away in New Orleans. It was the perfect time to get away, Maryland got a rare late March snow on the day we got out of dodge.
Last week the girls went back to school but were still out of the pool. It was really odd, we didn’t have any activities after school. We are at the pool seven days a week. Eating dinner while the sun is still shining is a rarity for us. The house was cleaner, dinners were prepared from a recipe, homework was done early and we had a lot of down time. I won’t lie. I was a calmer person. We literally had three extra hours every evening. I also was bored. Really, really bored.
When you are used to a fast pace it is hard to slow down. As much as I enjoyed the week of living like normal people I was glad it was over. We have learned to love our crazy life. My kids need the physical activity to stay sane. By day 14 they reminded me of those little bouncy balls you can buy for a quarter out of a gumball machine. Not one, more like a million. Bouncing around my house. I get it, I feel the same way after a few days of non activity – you know, swim meet weekends!
Long course season started Monday. Grace and Sarah went back to their same practice groups. Sophie will be 9 in a few weeks and is caught in between Juniors and Advanced Juniors. She did her first Advanced Juniors practice last night and quite honestly got her ass handed to her. It was a hard practice. But she didn’t give up. Later I asked her what she thought. She said it was really hard. I was very concerned it might be too much for her but Grace jumped in and asked if she wanted to go back. Sophie said, why wouldn’t I? She isn’t backing down from a challenge. And I was all set to let her. I thought I knew everything and here I am starting over.
Now I need to convince the coach to take her on. You know the one, the one I convinced to take on Sarah? Same one. He had success with her…I’m out of kids to be his project. I don’t think he is too sad…Once I have convinced him I’ll go back to being my low maintenance self. It’s his fault for being such a great coach.