On Monday morning we finished our swim squad session with a race agains kids.
We train in a private school's pool and take 3 out of 6 lanes, the other lanes are used by the school's swim squad. It's about a dozen boys and girls aged about 12. They are there at 6 when we start, and keep swimming after our finish time of 7.30. I guess they are a "development" squad because of their age and the amount of drillwork they do.
That goes to show that no matter what you do, there's always the chance of not winning. However I wouldn't say we were defeated. The kids and us are quite different type of athletes and they're obviously good sprinters in the swim, I had good fun and I'm pretty sure they were a proud bunch right after, knowing they can kick the old boy's bottoms.
Fortunately, though, the race in Budapest is against 30-34 year old guys that may be not as good sprinters on the swim, so we're safe.
So... Defeat.. a big word that doesn't have a place in the amateur athlete's diccionary. Having so many things in one's plate (work, family, uni... you name it), the fact of just going out and training is a huge commitment. And racing is such an indulgence... I woulnd't know where to look for defeat.
Date: 10 August
Dist: n/a / 3km
Comment: coldest run of the year, lucky it was short!