At the end of December, I find myself exactly where I should be. But if you asked me three weeks ago, I would have told you that I was skipping on swimming. But I was skipping on purpose. I wanted to take at least a full month or more away so that I could rest the body and recharge the mind to prepare me for the rather mundane thing called laps in a pool.<br><br>
I was worried, like many of you who have also skimped, either on purpose or not, that I would lose much of my fitness and strength. And that's what I want to talk about. Where I worried about getting notched down a few bars on the fitness scale, and where I kept reminding myself that I would get it all back rather quickly once I returned, I still worried even though I had no regrets about taking extended downtime.<br><br>
And after that downtime expired and after I was chomping at the bit to get back, it was a full month and 3 weeks before I swam. The first swim my arms felt like lead. For only the first 10 laps. The second swim a week later was better but very slow. The third was a bit faster yet stronger. And by the fourth or fifth, I felt that although I was not at peak, I was good enough to resume training like however I wanted.<br><br>
And the same is for you. So if you've been away from one of the disciplines for a little too long, your fitness gained over the year or two or more does not go away over night, or within a month or two or three. It is still there, in hiding, in the darkness, waiting for you to awaken it. But don't be discouraged. It might take two weeks to wake it up, to call it out, but it will come. Believe it. Have the confidence. And you'll be that much more ahead.<br><br>
Just know that the single best thing you can do to jumpstart your "comeback" is to set your alarm clock an hour earlier, get to bed on the early side, and tackle it in the morning. A few days later, do it again. And a few days later, do it again. Before you know, like one foot in front of another, you'll be walking out the door.