Training Plus One – Excuses


When is an excuse justified and how do we know when it is okay to give in or if we should tough it out? I find the only way to know is through experience.

swim-lessonsAt the moment Mark’s eldest son William is in the hospital as the doctors try to control his seizures. William has high special needs and this is one of several hospital trips over the years but the first when we have had our own child. So for the last few days I have been looking after Finn on my own and combined with some teething issues this meant that by time it came to me going for a swim this morning the excuses of ‘I’m too tired’ and ‘there is just too much other stuff going on’ were coming all too easy. I was even at the pool already, as Finn had his own swimming lesson and looking for any reason not to take him to crèche and to call it quits and go home.

As hard as it felt at the time I ended up getting in the pool and completing my swim set. By the end two things had happened. Firstly, I swam really well and actually completed one of my goals that I had set myself and six weeks ahead of schedule. Secondly, my mood had markedly improved and I actually felt more energised than before my swim.

It’s easy to find excuses not to train and even more so when you are a Mum. The old ‘too tired’ excuse will pop up a lot and sometimes it will be justified but other times we will need to push ourselves that little bit harder to train then before. This is one session that I need to remember in the future when the too hard excuses start to come. Just get in, turn your arms over and if it doesn’t happen get out. But you never know, you might surprise yourself. And remember, if it was easy everyone would do it.