Even though the Singapore National Swimming Championships just ended a few days ago (AND CHRISTMAS IS COMING TOO!!!!!), we are already starting our next phase of training.
Presenting to you… “The Final Push” before Christmas:
But like I’ve always mentioned before, in life, it’s always about perspective; you can always see things in a positive or negative light. For example, what I can see from this training schedule is that we have single sessions for both Wednesday and Thursday, plus a full day off on Friday!
This means we are actually getting the best of both worlds:
1) We still get to spend time with family and friends on Christmas
2) We still get to maintain our form during this festive season.
So how awesome is that? So guys, remember, it’s all about seeing things from the positive point of view, you’ll be much happier that way.
For me, I personally do feel a little restless and itchy when I miss a training session as I feel that I lose out if I skip a session (typical kiasu Singaporean), but hey, it works well in swimming so I ain’t complaining.
So with 6 sessions coming up for us next week, I no longer have to worry about losing my water feel and enjoy my Christmas celebration wholeheartedly!
I’ll be leaving for USA on 26th of December for a training camp with some of the senior swimmers leading up to our Olympic qualifiers in March next year. and I’m sure this trip will benefit all of us as we will be training full time without having any distractions back at home.
And yes, I’ve received quite a number of questions…
“OMG you’ll be missing new years!”
“Wow one day after Christmas, how do you feel about that?”
“Do you feel sad that you’ll be away from your family during this period of time?”
So long story short, I’ll be training leading up to Christmas, and a day after Christmas, I’ll be leaving for a training camp in USA.
To be honest, I would be lying if I said that I’m not sad at all. It is indeed a sad feeling knowing that I’ll be missing time with family and friends during the new year.
It’s always been a tradition every New Year’s Eve for my family to spend some time with Russell’s family, and I will usually then stay over at his place because it gets really late after the count down. We’ll usually have a lot of fun with games and countdown together for the New Year, but I guess it will not happen this year.
I was initially really sad that I was going to be away during this period. But I took sometime to reflect and think about it from another perspective, and I started to feel a lot better.
I started to visualize my Nationals coming up in March, and saw where I wanted my future self to be when the trials come, and that gave me a burning desire deep inside myself to work harder. I want to be at my fittest form leading up to the Nationals in March, so sacrifices have to be made to ensure that I’m in my best shape during Nationals.
I’ve spent 16 years of my life trying to chase my dream of being an Olympian, so missing a New Years Celebration to chase my lifetime dream would definitely be well worth it.
And of course, I’m really grateful for the support that is being given to us to ensure that all aspects of our swimming career are fully covered! We can now focus fully on just training hard day in and day out without worrying about anything else!
Times have really changed and I personally feel that a lot more support is given to elite sports now and Singapore is slowly climbing our way up the international stage.
Like what Joscelin Yeo (Former Olympian) told us before, since everything is put in place for us, it’s time for us to make full use of it. She didn’t have as much support as us in the past so I really treasure the support we are getting now and will definitely take full advantage of it.
For me, I honestly feel that if I want to bring myself to the next level, I’ll have to start doing what others aren’t willing to do, so that I’ll be a step ahead when the big day comes.
So all in all, even though I will miss my New Years’ Celebration, My future self will thank me for the hard work I’ve put in when trials come in March.
For now, it’s time to get back in the Grind!
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
― Abraham Lincoln
Hard Work Pays Off