2015: Day 10
They say it takes a village to raise a child. I believe that. In fact, I believe it takes a village of learning to aspire to new levels and to continue growing whether it be athletics or personal development. When I look back at the past year, I have nothing but smiles – overall, there were huge personal achievements reflected by personal bests, race results and just feeling stronger and confident.
So, here’s a huge thanks to my village. There was so much advice, even if subtle at times, especially from “village elders” (the irony of some of you being wayyyy younger than me isn’t lost on me) like Jeremy, Brad, Rob, Erin, Marinus, Ross, Robbie, Joanne, Doug Harris … and the list goes on and on and I don’t mean to leave anyone out. Thank you.
But a huge special thanks goes out to my one official coach this past year, Tracey S. If we’re talking about real areas of growth/improvement, look no further than the water. Another big thumbs up also goes to Mat Guppy (I don’t know his last name so I went with Guppy since “Mat Turtle” sounds super ridiculous). When I started this crazy sport three years ago, I couldn’t swim 25 meters. I can make it a little further now and I actually enjoy it. It’s kinda hard to have fun at 6:00am, but somehow, coach, you manage to do that. I know, if I’m having fun I’m probably not working hard enough
This drink is called the Phelps not because I think I look like Michael Phelps. There’s enough video evidence to suggest otherwise. But if I’m going to pry my sorry butt out of bed at 5:00, that bar is getting set pretty freaking high … hey, you never know what’s possible.
The Phelps is made with Hpnotiq, gin, lemon juice and unoaked chardonnay. Apparently gin is the drink of choice for coaches – who knew. This particular drink also features a dolphin and gummy sharks – current state and ambitious intentions (let’s set that bar high). I couldn’t find a gummy pull buoy (who knew?) so a regular gummy life saver had to do.
Cheers to a great year, Village – and especially you Tracey!