Monthly Archives: October 2014

Growing up… Getting older… Playing like a kid

IMG_1498.JPGSometimes we get all worked up in grown up (being an adult) type of things. Like work, being responsible, paying bills, you get it… But a lot of times we use the growing up and getting older terms and perhaps they don’t mean the same thing.

IMG_1499.JPGTo me getting older… it is a number… For others might be aches and pains, maybe one of the reasons I try to stay fit so getting older doesn’t hit me that hard however I know my “recovery” takes a bit longer but at least I know why I’m hurting and it’s a good type if hurt.

So while we might disagree with my definition…. Heck I don’t expect you it to get to the Merriam Webster, I think we often use them as an excuse to avoid “playing like kids”. Once again, person has their own interpretation of what that means too. More often than not, it means simply partying like the world is going to end, staying up late, drinking, and indulging in that lifestyle. Of course I’m not judging, if that is what makes you feel happy, more power to you. Probably my type of playing like kids is a simpler connotation of the phrase. For me it means going to bed early so I can get up to do things I guess

IMG_1500.JPGI rarely did as a kid, like going for a swim at the pool or lake, or going for a spin with my hubby on our bikes, granted our spins are not just spins… We go distances that most people wouldn’t even drive, or get up to run around our neighborhood with our puppie. So it means really playing like a kid.

Of course, we see kids (we don’t have our own) go on for hours running, jumping, crawling, doing what kids do best… Have FUN!, so I guess, whatever you do, if you are playing like a kid make sure you are having fun. Naturally you will feel tired and that’s what naps are for. We took naps as kids right? Totally acceptable!. As long as you are having fun, resting as you should you will definitely feel younger, so growing and up/getting older will actually feel a lot better as you continue to be active. Oh and if you really drag having some fun running or being active, trust me… Time flies when you are active :).

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Think about you and only you….

Sometimes it is interesting to see how our society teaches us to compare ourselves to others. A lot of times we fall into that and somehow it just becomes routine and we don’t even realize of it. It isn’t any different when you are practicing sports. If you have followed my entries, you probably have realized that:
1. I don’t have a huge athletic background, close to non-existent.
2. I am slow. Albeit consistent but slow. Maybe I’m a little hard on myself because I want to be faster, but I’m slow 🙂

I guess my point, or what I’m trying to get across is that when you get sucked in the competitive mode of the sport, or in life you fall in the “comparing” to others mode. No matter how secure you are of yourself or how much self steem you have there is always a comparison that goes along with it. It doesn’t only happen in sports, it happens in our professional lives too.

IMG_1477.JPGIn sports, now that I’m a lot more active that I had ever imagined I would, I’ve learned the hard way how to not compare myself. A lot of times, because I want to be able to keep up with Felipe, I get frustrated because of my slower speeds. He actually tells me that he wished he had my consistency, I can keep up the same speed for longer workouts or as I like to call it… “My only speed” where he simply goes all over the place blowing up a lot of times towards the end of the long days. So what have I learned? I’ve learned to be patient, to be consistent and to work hard.

IMG_1476.JPGBeing patient is important, getting frustrated won’t get you anywhere and simply will frustrate you even more. Felipe keeps telling me that I am too hard on myself, that I have the speed and that just have to give it that extra “umph” to get faster. Being consistent is even more important, can’t simply go all out and burn yourself on a workout thinking that it will make you faster, but on the contrary, being patient and smart about it will actually make you faster. Speed will come with time. Lastly, working hard, I always told Felipe that I simply didn’t have any more gears, that my swimming pace or my bike was just slow. He always asked me if my arms burned during swimming, when I gave him the “not really” answer he said, you are not working hard enough. Maybe he was right, I wasn’t feeling the burn, meaning I was just at my comfortable pace, the pace that doesn’t get me out of breath and that fees just right. I started to realize that I was the one holding myself back, I needed to feel the burn, of course who likes that… No one… But maybe it was a good thing, getting outside my comfort zone and see if the magic happened.

Well, let me tell you, it works, feeling that burn has been a great feeling when I can see my effort is paying off. Just to give you an example I have been able to break 2:00/100yd on long swims (longer than 3000). I’m actually down to 1:56/100yd. Yup, I feel the burn but I didn’t do it all in one day, it was through consistency, patience and hard work over the last 2 months that it happened. Same goes for the bike and the runs, but I just wanted to give you a little example of how comparing yourself doesn’t really help you, it actually hinders your progress. The only one you need to impress is you. IMG_1475.JPGIMG_1742.JPG