Summer short course season is half way over with our part of meet 3 against Twin Hickory being behind us! Thank goodness!! The summer season is grueling; it's hot, it's crowded, it's... It. Is. It is what it is... Not so sure we will be repeating this with Nikolas until he can make the effort, time and need to endure it all worth my while. It wasn't a great meet for him. He just doesn't have the drive that HE needs to possess. I can want it for him, Michael can want it for him but until HE wants it, it just isn't going to happen. He didn't ask his time after any of his events. He had horribly slow starts, he didn't improve any times. And I prepared dinner and snacks for this. I got to the pool early to get a comfy spot on the pool deck. I sat in the heat and humidity with him for this. Why should I care if he doesn't?
I feel like a horrible parent saying all that... I feel like a nag. Am I being a nag? Am I taking the fun out of it? It is just so frustrating because he has talent! I see it. I know the talent there waiting to be tapped. But he doesn't seem to care. And when he doesn't "invest", why should I? As a good parent, I should help him, aide him, coax him. Help him discover that desire, that drive...
So... Nikolas swam the 50 free, 25 back and 25 fly this afternoon and evening. 50 free he came second with a slower time. 25 back he came first with a slower time. Not sure what happened with the 25 fly. So, the swim part wasn't so good but the picture part wasn't bad!
He forgot to bring his own sunnies and borrowed mine! Cool dude!
Special reflective goggles for the outdoor backstroker!! Also making him a cool dude!
Waiting... Thinking... Ready to go!
Start of the 50 Free. He is the last off the blocks giving me time to take three pictures, the last of which, I was able to change camera orientation!! An indicator of how LONG it took him to get off the block...
Early on in the 50 free
At the starting blocks of the 25 back. He was able to pull away at the end and had a decent finish. We really need to work on the speed of his starts.
We have a break from long course meets for a while. Two weeks and then it's B champs. The weekend after that is short course champs. Both meets are up in Manassas. We will be on the road again! And, let's hope he finds some motivation between now and then otherwise my motivation to be away from home will be next to nil...