Saturday, November 20, 2010


As I was working up the motivation to hop into the pool at earlier than sunrise on Monday, Chris, the coach of the morning masters practice, paid me a compliment. "I like you, Andrew. You're always on time," he mused. "You show up and you swim hard, and you never complain."

A few days later, another of my coaches said something very similar. I've been spinning under the tutelage of Michael McCormack (also known as M2) for the past few months. After practice on Thursday, he pulled me aside to wish me well in Australia. "It's been a real pleasure working with you," he said to me, "You're dedication, your consistency - must be the swimmer in you. You get the set every day, and even though it's hard or it's boring, you just put your head down and bang it out."

Where have I heard that before?