July 17, 2013

Retirement



Hello Everyone!!!

It has been some time since my last blog post. I could not believe the amount of e-mails I have received after Olympic Trials, and actually a lot of questions from younger swimmers which I will be answering in another post. Thank you everyone for all the support, and to all the little ones asking me such great questions!!!

This year was a bit of a tough one for me in the pool(mentally and physically). Debating if I should retire or keep swimming. If my heart and mind were still in the sport to keep going. I am entering what some people call the twilight years of swimming. Where there is some time left, but not much until the sand in the hour glass is empty.

So after a long debate with my coaches and support staff. I have decided this year that I will head into retirement after swimming at summer nationals. After being a competitive swimmer for about a third of my life it will be hard to give up. I will most likely still swim, but not at an elite performance level. I was thinking about swimming the 50 breaststroke just for fun whenever I can(Nationals, Masters... a recreational pool near you!!!). So watch out for the randomness!! Possibly coming to a pool near you!!! 

So the next step in my life. What am I going to do? I plan on becoming a firefighter like my uncle,cousins and Grand Father. Firefighting runs in the family and I couldn't see myself enjoying another job as much as I would enjoy firefighting. I did a firefighting co-op in high school, and loved every minute of it!! I will also be doing some website design, app building and making software as a young entrepreneur.

I will be looking forward to having this thing people call "a weekend". Apparently you take 2 whole days off. It has been some time since I have done that, and I am looking forward to it!!

The next 2 months will be exciting for me. I am getting laser eye surgery Monday the 22nd.

Then I ship off to Texas A and M for the physical portion of my firefighting course I am taking.

Literally the day I get back I will be taking off to Europe with my sister for an entire month. Which will be the longest time I have ever taken off since I was 11 or 12. I will be travelling with Contiki Tours which if you haven't look into it check it out.


But!!!!! before I start any of that. I got to finish up my last swims this weekend!!!!! I will be swimming the 100 and 50 breaststroke. The 200 has become to far for me to swim... ;)


If anyone has any other questions just shoot me an e-mail warrenbarnes2012@gmail.com. Remember there is no such thing as a stupid question.

Thanks for following me, and Thanks for all the support!!

Go Canada Go

Warren Barnes












3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I guess there will still be water involved in your new career as a fire fighter! Good luck Warren and hope to catch up soon!

James Rutherford

Anonymous said...

Wishing you all the best in your future endeavours Warren!!

Jim & Donna

Anonymous said...

Retire? Looks like you've still got it! Rob and I just watched your 50M. WAY TO GO!

All the best Warren,

Rob and Amanda


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