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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY "Whatever," I grumbled under my breath, looking at the last set on the soaked piece of paper stuck to the kick-board at the end of my lane. My workout was mostly done, but I was exhausted and I was over it. The rest of the warm-down could suck it, as far as I was concerned. I’m done. I slid out of the pool, took about thirty seconds to fully stand up, and went to the hot tub and with feet dangling in the...

From the Hands Free MAMA website... By Rachel Macy Stafford Very rarely does one sentence have immediate impact on me. Very rarely does one sentence change the way I interact with my family. But this one did. It was not from Henry Thoreau or some renowned child psychologist. It was a comment from kids themselves. And if I’ve learned anything on this “Hands Free” journey, it is that children are the true experts when it comes to “grasping what really matters.” Read more >>

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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY What’s your default reaction when things don’t go your way in the pool? Or rather, once you have had a moment to feel the setback, to vent off some frustration, how do you react? Do you give up? Or do you use that failure as high-grade fuel for something greater? Read more >>

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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY Research over the past few decades has shown over and over and over again that mental training can be effective at improving performance in the pool. Bigly amounts. And yet, not a whole lot of swimmers regularly work on their mindset. They seem to be content training their butts off, buckling under the pressure at swim meets, and then left perpetually wondering what went wrong. Read more >>

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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY While some swimmers seem to be born with a natural bravado and high levels of confidence, for the rest of us, having the confidence to believe in ourselves and our training can be tricky to maintain over the long term. As the season of the competitive swimmer is a long one there are going to be the inevitable setbacks and failures along the way…and the corresponding shattering of confidence that comes along with it. Read more >>

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From the USA Swimming website... By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN Those in the sports world have probably seen the New York Times opinion piece by a 23-year old runner, who at the age of 17 was the fastest girl in America. But then her body broke down as her coaches demanded she be thinner and thinner until she developed an eating disorder. Her athletic career was derailed as she developed amenorrhea (lack of normal menstrual cycles) and broken bones from low bone density. Many other female athletes have come forward...

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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY Over the course of our time in the water there are a handful of moments we really remember. The ones that linger in our memory long after we hang up our tech suits. For me, some of the sharpest and most meaningful memories of my age group swimming days were moments when an older teammate took a moment to encourage me, to cheer for me during a hard set, gave me a pointer, or simply told me “Hey, get ‘em next time” after...

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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY Swimming is not enjoyable for the perfectionist control freak among us. (No judgement here: I’ve gots me some of those perfectionist tendencies streaming through my veins.) We end misdirecting a lot of energy and effort on things that are, well….straight-up wasteful. Instead of spending more of our time on the things that actually impact our performance, we worry about how others will swim. Or that we aren’t perfectly motivated to train hard today. Or we obsess endlessly over the result. Read more >>

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From the SwimSwan website... by Olivier Poirier-Leroy Got big goals in the water, but are feeling doubtful because you might not have enough talent? Or perhaps you haven’t hit the genetic lottery like the teammate you have that is built like a starting power forward for the LA Lakers? Don’t let this get you down—success in the pool, while certainly influenced by talent and physical characteristics, usually comes down the “other” stuff… The work ethic. The focus. The details. Read more >>

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From the SwimSwam website... by Olivier Poirier-Leroy Want better workouts? A bullet-proof race plan? Less anxiety behind the blocks? Yup—the simple act of journaling can help. Big time. Here’s how. Okay, so some of you might be frowning a little—"Journaling? You mean, like, a diary? Pffft." Journaling is more than just about gossiping about your crush at school. Or complaining about your parents. Or recounting the day you had. Read more >>