Friday morning as I got out of the pool shortly after 7:00 my coach says, "That all you got?" I paused for one second then said that that was all I had time for, but still had plenty left in the tank and could swim another 500 easily.
My comments weighed heavily on me for a better part of the morning. I realized that if I still had that much energy left after swimming 2100y, then maybe I wasn't pushing myself hard enough. And yet another comment from another swimmer (who was also a long-time coach and whose wife is a former Olympic-caliber swimmer) on the same morning stayed with me. He said my swimming looks a LOT better and I am evening out my stroke and cadence, but he said, "Pick up the pace - you need to stop swimming the same lazy speed."
OK - I get it! I realize that I need to push myself harder in workouts. I have much more to give and should lay it all out there when it makes sense. I think I even finished my race last year with some left, even though my run was slow.
Time to kick it up a notch!