Phelps Teaches Lesson in Concentration in Olympic 200m Fly
Too many swimmers mistakenly believe that when they compete, their focus needs to be on the competition and what they're doing. There is no better example of this than watching Phelps’s semifinal and final races in the 200m Butterfly against South African swimmer, Chad le Clos.
Mastering Discouragement and Disappointment
If you are a serious athlete and have big dreams to go far in this sport, then there's one thing that I can promise you will always be in your future: FAILURE.
Staying tough during the mid-season doldrums
What can you do to make the most out of these “dog days” of winter training when you are so tired and far-removed from the excitement of the taper meet?
Go for Your Big, Scary Dreams
When a BIG dream first shows up on your doorstep, knocking and begging to be “let in,” your rational, thinking brain says, “Don’t be so silly and unrealistic! There’s no way that you could ever accomplish that! NEWSFLASH: Your initial self-doubts, fears and negative thoughts about reaching your big goal are normal and let you know that you’re actually headed in the right direction.
Swimming Fast Under Pressure: Controlling Your Race Focus
The secret to swimming fast when it counts the most is to maintain control of your concentration during your entire race. In training, these athletes focus on the FEEL of what they are doing, one stroke at a time and have little to no thinking going on! Consistently swimming fast under pressure is all about learning to keep your race focus on this kind of FEEL!
Staying Loose and Calm Pre-Race
If you want to consistently swim to your potential under big meet pressure and avoid the devastating physical effects of excessive nerves, then you have to learn how to keep yourself physically and mentally composed at race time. One important way that you do this is by controlling your eyes and ears behind the blocks.