Yaaay!! I have a rest week! 🙂 This does mean that I do have to do some form of sport of easy swimming.
Marcel had made a program for me, I was allowed to swim 25km that week. Hehe I did 15km. Basically what I did all week was watch Netflix… I did still have some doctor’s appointments, my father’s birthday, piano, psychologist, work, the performance of a dance my sister choreographed. If you add that all up it seems like I still had a lot to do but most of it was trying to finish my series.
I guess I didn’t feel too great. Maybe because it was the end of a tough couple of months. I mean with all the things I’ve had to do, with all the boundaries I’ve pushed myself across, with all the mood swings. I really closed a chapter here and after this in-between phase where swimming doesn’t require much from me, where I don’t have obligations, I can start with renewed strength and a new positive perspective.
In my opinion, I wasn’t using my rest time too well. I should’ve rested more, gotten rid of some obligations, taken some time for myself.
On the other hand, I met with some old friends and it was great to catch up! It makes me tired but it also makes me feel good. I also saw a loads of people at my sister’s performance. Everyone seems to be very interested in how I do with my swimming and it feels great, it motivates me. 🙂
Not only did I see loads of old friends this week, I also met Femke Heemskerk, Dutch Olympic Gold Medalist. She gave trainings at SwimGym last Saturday, which I couldn’t join unfortunately, but I did talk to her during the meet-and-greet set up by Johan Kenkhuis from Swimgym (also a Dutch Olympic Medalist).
And she is such a fun person! She gave me and some other swimmers tips, she talked about the Olympics and her trainings and what it’s like to be top athlete. I also talked about my goal to cross the English Channel and she seemed to find that pretty cool! 🙂
I asked her about what to do eat during swimming and just in general and what how I would have to keep my mind busy. ‘Do you know Maarten van der Weijden? He would know better, he just broke the 24-hour world record.’ Of course I knew that, I watched his live-stream during my vacation. 😉 If I just send him a personal message on twitter he would surely reply. Guess I’ll have to try that! We also sent him a selfie of us together haha.
So yeah, I had a pretty good rest week. Loads of chilling but I also learned quite a few things which brought me forward. I’m kind of scared that it’s going to be hard to pick things up again because during all of my trainings I was quite slow and they seemed to drag on even though it was only 3 trainings of 5km. I guess we’ll find out where I’m at next week! 😉
I am a nineteen-year-old girl from Baambrugge, a tiny village near Amsterdam, with big ambitions. I like to set big goals for myself, I like to explore my own boundaries and see if I can expand them.