My First Limo Experience

As a coach, people oftentimes see me as a boring character. I’m not sure if that’s due to the movies or the stuff they see online but they automatically assume that I wake up every morning, go to the training area, go home and sleep.

Fortunately, I still have a life and I love it.

Contrary to what people believe, I actually live a pretty exciting life. I’ve made a number of “teenage decisions” that were both dangerous and exciting. I’ve also experienced a number of moments where I could actually say “I will never forget this”.

I guess that’s why I am the perfect swim coach for growing teens. I understand them. I know what they are going through. I can connect to them.

For example, there was a troubled kid I got to talk to about certain problems in his life. He was going to the prom with a pretty popular girl and he didn’t know what to do to “impress” her. I put emphasis on impress because the kid really thought he had to go and pull the moon for her.

That was then I relayed to him my first limo experience. It was also prom when I got to ride my first limo. I guess it was rented from but I wasn’t sure. I was very excited as it was literally my first time riding a luxury car. In my mind, I was imagining how much fun me and my friends were going to have in the limo.

Sadly, my partner said as soon as I rode the limo that we were the only ones that will ride the limo. He said he can’t afford to have my friends over because they might damage the limo and that would mean he would pay more. It was the worst feeling in the world. That was the longest 10-minute drive of my life. I went home in my friend’s car and we had a lot of fun.

I guess what I was saying was that it doesn’t matter if you take her in a limo or a trike. Just as long as the lady gets to be happy. That will definitely make her day.

Swimming for Fitness

The reason I got into coaching swimmers was that I loved to swim. I was never good enough to be a top-tier athlete, but I had it in me to do well and to teach what I knew. I try to encourage people to get into swimming, even if they don’t plan to make it their sport.

After all, there are just so many benefits that you can probably swim your way to a healthier life.

For starters, swimming can burn calories fast. There are few things more efficient at burning them away than half an hour doing the breaststroke. It is a good way to get fit in a hurry.

As with any exercise, swimming also elevates the mood. It clears the mind of the gunk that comes with stress and daily life, giving you fresh slate in the water. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to think clearly after you take a swim if you don’t get an idea while you’re in the pool!

A swim is also a low-impact exercise, which is ideal for people who want a more relaxed workout or are injured.

Think about it. The buoyancy in the water means there is a lot less pressure on the joints and limbs as you move, so you aren’t straining yourself too hard. You can take to the water at your own pace, with fewer worries about putting weight on anything.

I like the fact that swimming means you aren’t getting all sweaty or overheating. Much like the weight issue, the water seems to handle that well enough.

Swimming is also good for the lungs and heart.

As a kid, I had asthma. Dust, cat fur, and some types of linen would trigger attacks. My doctor advised that I take up swimming because it would help build up the strength of my lungs and heart. Regular trips to the pool to do laps did wonders for my lung capacity over the years.

Dealing With Depressed Athletes

When you’re coaching athletes of any stripe, there are many challenges. Confidence issues, body issues, discipline, time management, and even a few personal questions can all come up. One of the things that nobody warns you or tells you how to deal with is athlete depression.

Yes, athletes of any age – even kids – can become depressed. All it takes are a combination of the right factors.

Over the years, I’ve had to teach myself how to deal with depression in the teams I coach. It isn’t easy to spot and even harder to work through, but I’ve learned a thing or two about what works.

In some cases, laughter and talking are good. Laughter helps cut down the symptoms and improve the mood. Encouraging people to spend time with friends and family can help, as long as those are not the causes of the depression in the first place.

Communication is also important. The depressed need someone to talk to, a support system that won’t toss them aside when their mood drops like a lead balloon.

Exercise also helps.

To quote a movie, exercise releases endorphins into the body. Endorphins make you happy. Therefore, people who exercise regularly are more satisfied, or at least less likely to feel depressed. It helps that making people focus on physical performance keeps their mind busy.

Sleep also works wonders. Sometimes, the brain just does not function right if you’re not getting enough sleep. I’ve found that sleeping it off works for a lot of emotional troubles, or at least make them feel like less of an issue long enough for you to work on a permanent fix.

In some people, talking about the future specifically is a good move. Sometimes, thinking about where they might be can help them overcome where they are now. It doesn’t have to be a big plan, though. Just little steps to keep them moving forward helps.

Finally, eat regularly. Food is important, especially the occasional comfort food.