An interesting workout + perspective

Tuesday morning I met my swimming buddy at the pool bright and early at 6:00AM.

We completed a strange workout.

15 minute warm up of mixed strokes and kicking

30 minutes of 25 sprints (15 seconds to complete a 25 and 15 seconds rest)

10×100’s (Odd I.M. and even free drills)

100 warm down

I remember at about this time last year I was starting up “pre-season” swimming with my team and gearing up for a LONG season.

I look happy but I’m sure I was dreading practice 😉

Anyways, what i’m trying to say is that yes, I do miss swimming on a “real” team sometimes but I also like to participate in swimming (one of my passions!) on my own terms.

I might be way more slow than I was a year ago but i’m much happier being able to have time to have a social life do homework. I would go to so many practices and just hate them because I wasn’t in the mood to swim, I was tired, or had something else I wanted to do. Now I swim when I want to and I love that freedom! I like swimming 1,000x more now than I did when I swam competitively.

Have you ever felt burnt out or had to take a step back from a passion because you were “forced” to do it or felt as if you had to?

Have you ever re-kindled a passion?


  1. Amen. After high school swimming my sophomore year I had a meltdown and took several months away from the pool completely. I stayed away until I honestly missed the sport. Now, I like swimming but can’t say I really love competitions all that much…

  2. Yes, the same happend to me with swimming, with kickboxing and even with ballet… I just think I am the person who needs to do thing for fun and not for results 🙂

  3. For sure! I was the same way with softball. I played from 3rd grade up through my junior year, so I got burnt out. I still don’t really miss the team aspect, but I do miss the fun of batting practice 🙂

  4. I know totally how you feel. I swam through college and it totally killed my passion for the sport. I am still trying to rekindle the love I had for swimming haha

  5. It’s better to do it the way you enjoy it than letting it become something not so fun anymore by forcing yourself to swim on a team. I’ve never had to make that choice but I hope I can cut myself a break and just enjoy it like you do!

  6. this is a great time for you just to enjoy swimming solo, enjoy the workouts, no pressure. I think we all need a mental break from real TRAINING. Its your no plan training. I like it!

  7. That’s a really good perspective. This spring I was going to train for a 10 mile race after my half (like, a month after), and I ended up deciding not to do it and did a 10K a few weeks later just because my body couldn’t handle the rigors of that training without me losing my sanity! We have our whole lives to work out, and obviously as active people we want to anyway, so there’s nothing wrong with taking a day or two off so you can have a life :).

  8. I totally understand why you miss the team aspect of swimming but it sounds like you made the right decision for you, and you sound so happy!

    I kind of relate in a sense with school. I love being in class and learning, but since I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to academics, I have to be careful not to take it overboard. Kind of like you with swimming, I recognize that’s coming when I stop looking forward to things. It’s a sign to step back!

  9. This happens to me all the time! I feel burned out about something and put it aside for a while and then go back to it and think, “how did I ever get sick of this?”

  10. Acccctually, that’s how I used to feel about swimming. I swam on a swim team from 7-15 and once I was 15, I just had enough. I was no longer in an “age group” and just figured it was time to stop. Now, I love using it as cross-training. I find it so enjoyable to just swim without whistles and everything.

    Definitely a re-kindled passion. 🙂 I’m glad you’re happier with it, too!

  11. i have never been a super good swimmer at all, but i know it’s a great workout.
    i used to be really involved in music and theatre, and those are passions i’d love to rekindle now that life has calmed down a little bit!

  12. I totally know how this is!! There came a time while I was skating where training 9 hrs a day, working two jobs, going to night-college was just too much. I was always tired, cold, sore, and lonely. I had no social life. I became burned out. I missed my friends, I missed having a life, I missed my family especially. Happiness and mental health is SO IMPORTANT!!!

  13. I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced burnout in a serious way, but I do have days where I can just tell my body doesn’t want to work out!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s