Tuesday, April 2, 2013

B is for Butterfly

I remember fondly the intensity that would come with a swim meet. That feeling of pushing myself to the peak of my limits, and even sometimes beyond.

Then there was butterfly stroke. It is such an elegant stroke in my eyes. Where effort and grace come together to what can only be done with one's all, otherwise it really couldn't be considered butterfly. And there was no greater feeling, leaving everything behind in the pool after a race in butterfly.

I did end my high school career on a good note, with finally making it to states. And that is a good way for it to end, for someone who loves doing it for the sport.

But I do miss it. Sometimes it does make me sad to think that I don't have the time to dedicate to competition. Being on the other side as a coach makes it worth it. Working with those kids last summer was a great experience and I look forward to it again soon.

And sailing does help stem the sadness of missing swimming, filling it with another form of race that still allows me time to handle the other parts of my life.

Maybe one day I'll find a way for me to race again in the pool, but until then, I've got plenty of a life to keep my happy.

B is for Best of Me - The Starting Line


  1. Hope you don't mind if I 'understand' you! (as per "About Me" on the rhs).
    Butterfly is such a special stroke - my two sons were good at it at school and it was my husband's favourite sport.
    Good luck in the Navy ... plenty water about there ... take care and have fun! I enjoyed your post thank you!

  2. Although I never swam competitively, I have always loved swimming. and I really love the starting line!

  3. Nice post--I never swam competitively but did swim laps regularly in the past. Once I got past those first few laps and fell into the rhythm of swimming, it was an unbeatable feeling.

  4. Love it. I love the water, love to swim. I spend hours by the pool now as a swim mom...and I enjoy every moment of it. Congrats on state and congrats on coaching. I think it is wonderful that you are sharing your amazing love for the sport with young swimmers! Best to you. Happy A-Z