My appointment with the Stroke Doctor

By Skip

No, I am not having a stroke… got your attention though.  Those of you in South Florida have seen his advertisements everywhere!  Remember, this is an area that I have been struggling with and just the other day I was telling my wife that the one thing I need to do over the winter break was to hire a swim coach and start learning properly.  Being self taught is not always a good thing.  I am actually worried that I have been practicing wrong for so long that it will be difficult to break my bad habits.

“Practice does not make perfect… Only perfect practice makes perfect.”
                                                                                 – Vince Lombardi

A friend of mine and the man that feeds and drives my addiction (yes, YOU know who you are!) called me the other day and told me he had been talking to Gary, the “Stroke Doctor”,  and asked if I would be interested in semi-private lessons.  Needless to say I jumped at the opportunity.  We start lessons on Monday… Just D.H. and myself.  I can’t wait to learn how bad I am…. that sounds strange, doesn’t it?

If you would like to find out more information about the Stroke Doctor, click on the link here.  I will be updating you on my progress over the next five weeks.  I seriously hope he can help me solve some of my problems… or should I say, ALL of my problems.

If you liked that post, then try these...

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Back in the saddle again on January 13th, 2012

A big thank you to my 2011 sponsors on January 12th, 2012

My 2012 Charity: Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation on January 3rd, 2012

My final race of 2011 on December 13th, 2011

Filed in: Swimming • Saturday, October 16th, 2010

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