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Swimming, Teamwork, and Individuality

It's been a while sice I last blogged about significant things in life. Well, mainly because events in my life have been put on a halt, thanks to swimming training, competitions, and a new outlook and more new goals.

I've been training hard for the past few weeks, and now I'm feeling comfortable with my ability. I have to improve my kicking power for all the strokes, as well as my endurance and pace. However the technique of my strokes seem clean enough that now I'm just going to have to work on the power.

Yesterday morning, I had the chance to represent the organization that I belong to (UPLB Computer Science Society) in the swimming events for the intra-collegiate sports-fest. I swam in the 50m men's freestyle and the 3x25m freestyle relay. Aside from feeling great because of the meal replacement diet that I've been taking for the past week (which are by the way VERY effective), I had a feeling of confidence in my skill even before getting into the pool.

Even if I didn't win the individual events (just placed 4th in the 50 m freestyle -- disappointing, but nonetheless good enough for my standards) I feel great winning with the team in the 3x25 relay. I now have a reason to go to the awarding ceremonies, and party that night away with my brods and sisses. I have also realized that even with individual efforts pooled together to accomplish a common goal, success is sweet and individual dedication is key. I'm just thankful that I'm part of the winning team, and I am grateful to very dedicated brods and sisses who also just want to succeed bearing the name of our organization.

I've also found renewed confidence in myself when I stepped on the weighing scale -- before, I weighed in at 89kg -- and a week later, I lost 1 whole kilogram aside from a whole inch from my waist. That's 2.2 lbs in 1 week, and 1 inch in the same time frame. Aside from looking better, I feel a lot healthier.*

Anyway, I've really enjoyed this past week -- even if it involved looking back and tying up loose ends and knowing that there are still more things to do. I would also have to work for a new goal, which are a new pair of "fast skin" jammers and a legsuit. I should have those in my christmas wishlist, and hope that santa gives me any of the two. That is, santa or someone who actually cares. :D

Chill...

* NOTE: if you're interested in that diet, please drop me a line at mikhailberis [at] gmail.com

Comments

  1. ey dean,

    just wanted to congratulate you... nice job on the swim :)

    so when am i gonna bump into you? weekends afternoons ah?

    *kim

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