Those of you that know me or ever trained with me know that I’m a very competitive person and I love to win. In my ripe old age of 30, I’m coming to grips with the fact that I just may not be top dog all of the time any more, and I’m learning to be ok with that. I don’t have the time to train endlessly 6 hours a day to be the swimmer I was when I was younger. I’ve reintroduced myself to open water races since moving out to Hawaii a year ago and with 12+ hour work days, I’ve found it challenging to squeeze in an appropriate amount of training to be swimming at the level I’d like to be swimming at. All things considered, I think I’m swimming pretty well. Sometimes we have to take a step back and evaluate the big picture. Some weeks I can only train twice at best. So for me to finish a 1.2 mile ocean race on Saturday 29th overall and win the 30-34 year old female division, I can be proud. I swam an 800 meter race the following day and finished 2nd overall and first among all women. 8 years ago I suspect those times and finishes would have been different, but I can honestly say that I am proud of the result. I’ve also learned that its ok to take a day off once in awhile, and when I got to the pool Monday to coach, and had sore shoulders from the races, I passed on hopping in the water and training before coaching started. I guess wisdom really does come with old age ;).