Forrest Gump’s mother always used to say “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”
However, you absolutely do with swimming: your performance is dictated by the stopwatch. An oppressive watch that does not understand your feelings, on which the hands are moved by your speed via the strength and energy transmitted by your heart to your strokes.
If you miss a training session, you lose it. Every one-hundredth of a second represents a day of preparation well-used and every wasted session is a lost opportunity to move those hands a little more.
The stopwatch might seem fickle and sometimes unfair. Sometimes it will reward your efforts when you least deserve it and at other times it will prefer to do so when everything seems lost.
I sincerely believe that we all excel at something, no matter how small; a hidden talent that impatiently awaits an opportunity to be revealed and harnessed.
Why give 30% when you can give 100%?
Being the best or training under the best possible conditions is important, but it will not always lead to victory.
Only giving 30% when you could have given 100% does not mean you have won 30 but rather that you lost 70.
It is sad to see someone with talent but no disposition; when you know what they are capable of but fail to give you everything; when you have the ability to win and inevitably waste that chance. It is even more so when you realise how beautiful it would have been to try.
Excellence implies determination, willingness and mental strength to embark on the longest and most difficult journey to that hazardous and unknown place only the most daring eventually visit.
Agustin Artiles Grijalba
Written by Agustín Artiles (“Champi”). Agustín has more than 35 years of experience as the Head Coach of some of the most important Spanishswimming teams He has been the Coach of the Spanish Swimming Team from 2008 to 2012, and has trained the 50 breaststroke Spanish national recordman, Hector Monteagudo Espinosa, from 2002 to 2013 Agustín has also trained several international swimmers from the Spanish National Team and from the European and world top ten, as well as paraolimpics athletes with medals and world records in all the different categories. He has also been accomplished with the award as the Best competition swimming coach in Spain 2006, as several recognition for professional merits.
Dr. John mullen, DPT, CSCS
Dr. John Mullen, DPT, CSCS world-renowned physical therapist and strength coach.
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