I have always thought it was sad that people spend their entire lives acquiring wisdom (hopefully) and then each generation has to learn it all over again, the hard way. Books help, but some things you just have to learn by experience, especially if you are a little headstrong. Here are some things that I have learned in the last two weeks, that you probably already knew.
1. Rest when you are tired. I knew this on an intellectual level, but on a personal level I never want to scrap a workout or put off some school work to go to bed early, but a few weeks ago life hit me like a ton of bricks (get it, it's a pun!) and I had to take it easy for a few days. Guess what, I felt great the next week. Lesson learned.
2. There is more to life than carbs. I am working with a sports nutritionist to get a little leaner and be as healthy as I can be. I don't love meat and knew I was not getting enough protein. I am allergic to wheat so I don't eat much junk food, but I really love carbs. Since working with her, my diet is much more balanced and I am recovering so much faster from hard workouts. Maybe I won't need lesson #1 so much anymore.
3. People at Master's Swimming are nice. I went for the first time on Monday. I had not been swimming with a group since college. I was nervous. The coach was nice, the other swimmers were nice, the cashier at Target was even nice when I went there with wet hair afterwards.