Training Yourself to "Enjoy the Dance"

Troy Buglio

A number of years ago, at the beginning of her senior year in college, a swimmer contacted me with the following problem: She hadn't gone a lifetime best time since she was a senior in high school. Do the math, folks — she hadn't gone fast in almost four years! To make matters even more frustrating for her, she was physically stronger than she had ever been in high school and it showed in her college practice times where she'd consistently go faster than when she raced. 

Here's a guiding principle to help you understand what she'd been doing wrong mentally all these years: Your races are won and lost before the start! What does this really mean?