Mind Over Matter

By SwimmerJoe

“A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into an exhausting pace and then at the end, punish himself even more.  Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy two miles. Not with me.  If I lose forcing the pace all the way, at least I can live with myself.”
Steve Prefontaine – Distance Runner

The ability to lay it on the line every time you get on the block is paramount to your existence as a swimmer. Do not leave anything out there that you can look back on and say, “Well, I could have gone faster; I should have done this.”

Leave nothing, I will pull you out, I will be there.

“Mental toughness is many things.  It is humility because it behooves all of us to remember that simplicity is the sign of greatness and meekness is the sign of true strength.  Mental toughness is spartanism with the qualities of sacrifices, self-denial, dedication.  It is fearless, and it is love.”
Vince Lombardi – NFL Coach

The person who is dead-tired even coming home in a 100 or 200, the person that digs deeper and knows that he or she is tougher mentally and physically than their counterpart, will win every time.  Mental toughness comes from within and you have it; will yourself to do it and do it now.

“Yes, the pain shot through me like a knife.  It brought tears to my eyes.  But now I have a gold medal, and the pain is gone.”
Shun Fujimoto – Gymnast, Olympic Gold Medalist, after performing in the 1976 Montreal Olympics with a broken leg.

Um… I don’t have anything to say in response to Shun Fujimoto. Putting on a gold medal performance with a broken leg… That’s bad to the bone. Geez, I want to meet that guy!  Pain is only temporary…especially only the last lap. It’s only 50 meters.

Get your mind right, for your mind is your special escort to speed!

Reach SwimmerJoe at Joe@FloridaswimNetwork.com

SwimmerJoe is Joe Auer, an award winning blogger, writes at SwimmerJoe.com, for Florida Swim Network, and for the International Swim Coaches Association at swimISCA.com.