As far as marathon swimming is concerned, I am definitely a wanna-be. The longest distance I have ever swum is a little over two miles, and that was in a pool. As the title of my blog implies, I am also a fairly slow swimmer. I can't even do a flip turn (yet!) At my present skill level, the really cool distance swim are more in the range of dangerous pipe dream than they are any sort of reality.
I'm okay with this.
I know that sounds crazy, but I'm totally okay with being a wanna-be right now. It's the wanna-be that gets me in the pool pretty much daily. It's the wanna-be that gets out my checkbook to pay for lessons to improve my speed and form. It's the wanna-be that's pushing me to swim longer distances in my training and pushes up my weekly mileage.
I wouldn't be okay with it if I were more talking about than doing, mind.
I got to thinking about this during my morning swim when I glanced over at a gentleman swimming next to me. He swims every day for about 25-30 minutes. He doesn't use any stroke that'd be recognized by a competitive organization, nor does he do the drills that the "serious swimmer" does. Definitely a fitness swimmer rather than an athlete.
But here's there. Patiently, consistently, he is there every single morning, and he does his thing. He doesn't need the lure of achievement that I seem to just to be motivated to work out.
While I do strive hard to become a better and faster swimmer, the gentleman in the next lane keeps me grounded. While having goals and working towards them is great, I think it's important not to forget that being patient, consistent, and just showing up has its own power.