Monday, 5 January 2015


Home for the holidays, I halfheartedly tried to keep fit admits all the food and loafing. While swimming one afternoon, I found myself and the pool being overtaken by roughly 100 young swimmers, the local swim club. Instantly, the pool came alive. Nothing was halfhearted about who had joined me in the water!

Ending my workout, I talked with one of the coaches on the pool deck as we watched three twelve year old girls rip through the water, gliding with an effortless power I've never been able to achieve as a swimmer. The coach said it was simple. Paraphrasing here is what he said:
We have our swimmers focus. They don't just swim. Their efforts are more controlled, precise and measured. We count their strokes and we time them. Each day, part of their training is focused on one of two things: either reducing their stroke count or time.
Challenging the club's coach I had just met, he acknowledged that swimming is more than what he had reduced it to but was unwilling to concede that it was much more.
Too many people try to "rip" through the water. Improving efficiency is really what swimming is all about.
Reevaluating my workouts of the last few months, I must admit I've become a bit complacent. I've been maintaining rather than growing as a swimmer. As a result, I will be mixing my swim program up this winter. Also, I intend to use January to do the same for other areas of my learning: to focus my energy, to "count my strokes and clock my efforts" and to avoid "ripping" through the water!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Will,
    Efficiency without sacrificing quality, propulsion rather than treading water and focused attention are some of the drivers behind achieving a personal best. Thanks for your reminder as I mindfully set my intentions for the New Year!