Take No Days Off

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Nicola Gonzales, Business Manager/Social Coordinator

The pain of losing is something no one can ever forget. That feeling in your gut as you go to shake your triumphant opponent’s hand is nothing short of crushing. Knowing your team went to practice every single day, sometimes twice a day, in preparation for this game, and STILL couldn’t pull it out is worse than the defeat itself. And when you lose to your main rivals in a game that had the potential to be close…wow, there’s no worse feeling.

However, learning to put it all behind you is a skill you’ll be able to carry with you for the rest of your life. Sure, it’s hard to lose (actually it’s probably the worst thing ever because winning is everything) but you can’t let it keep you down for too long. There are more games, more opportunities to show who you can really be and what you can accomplish.

And who doesn’t love a comeback kid? Okay, my team lost 14-4 to an opponent that probably could have been beaten, so why not come back during NCS and win it all? Surprise the masses. Surprise everyone. Shine like a star.

Giving up is not allowed. You’re allowed to mope after the game for the length of your warm down. From there on out, it’s all business. Have a good team meeting, acknowledge what needs to be done in the future, go home, do your homework, eat something (preferably cookies), watch Modern Family and go to sleep. The next day, get back to the grind.

“If your desire to win is as bad as your desire to breathe, then you will be successful,” Eric Thomas said. When you’re in the water staring at the pace clock with 11 pounds over your head and your 7.5-pound weightbelt “Fat Tracy” on, your desire to breathe is probably the most it’ll ever be (unless you’re doing a swimming test set… or someone chains you to a metal ball and throws you in a lake like what happened in Aladdin).

When you can take that desire to breathe and turn it into your desire to win, you’re ready for game time. When you’re willing to show up to the pool deck at 5:45 in the morning and swim the whole time just to build endurance, you’re setting the stage for greatness. You get what you give, and if you give 100 percent, all you can do is hope the rest of your team does too. Eventually all the pieces will come together, but not without team harmony, hard work and patience. But in the meantime, #TNDO (Take No Days Off) and work until you’re a regular with the local chiropractor.