Resolutions to Swim By


By Mike Watkins//Correspondent

Each year we make New Year’s Resolutions to eat less, exercise more, save money, spend more time with family, blah, blah, blah – you know the drill. 


But when it comes to following through with these goals, only about 8 percent of the 45 percent of people who make resolution actually do them (statisticbrain.com).


So rather than make resolutions we may or may not keep in 2015, here are some resolutions that past and2015 (medium) present athletes and coaches suggest every swimmer should make this year…and beyond.


Ariana Kukors

“Pick one thing to strive to be the best at and commit to it. Tell your coach and your teammates to hold you accountable. In 2009, I committed to taking seven underwater dolphin kicks off EVERY wall in practice. And it transformed my 200 IM.”


Ed Moses
“Stop pulling on the lane rope (mostly for breaststrokers).”


Lenny Krayzelburg
“Focus on things that tend to get overlooked in heavy training – starts, turns, underwater kick-outs. Set a goal for each of these and be consistent with it, every day every practice.”


Andrew Gemmell
“Make sure you recover well. It is ‘easy’ to work hard in the pool, but if you don't take care of yourself outside of the pool and recover correctly, your performance will suffer.”


Darian Townsend
“Have fun doing the hard practices. When I know I have a tough set or day coming up, I want to go into it with a positive attitude and just enjoy testing myself.”


Nick Brunelli
“Get to every workout 15 minutes earlier to stretch and mentally prepare for the workout.”


Nancy Hogshead-Makar
“Every swimmer should make the resolution to have more fun on the pool deck and more focus in the pool. Peter Rocca did this the best as a swimmer and Eddie Reese as a coach.”


Gary Hall Jr.
“Listen to your body and be more communicative with your coach.”


Austin Surhoff
“Leave every practice better than you were before you got there. Find one thing to improve on every day, whether practice was good or bad.”


Adam Small
“Every swimmer should commit to staying 10 minutes after every practice to work on the finer details of a race, like turns, starts and finishes. Ten minutes every practice over the course of a year adds up to about 50 hours of additional work that will pay off when it matters the most.”


Ryan Murphy
“One thing that I've tried to improve on over the past couple of years is my optimism. I don't think it's normal to be happy all the time, but by looking ‘on the bright side’ of things, my attitude has improved. Getting up early, jumping in a cold pool and working hard isn't an easy thing to do. But by realizing that it's going to help in achieving an ultimate goal at the end of the season, a swimmer can find joy in their improvement.”


Kim Vandenberg
“Have gratitude and appreciation for the ability to swim and compete. Not everyone has that opportunity in life.”


Mel Stewart
“Eat cleaner, whole foods, supplementing regular meals with at least four 100 percent raw meals per week.”


Catherine Breed
“Pick one thing and perfect it. For example, I want to be the best at underwater or I'm going to hold my breath into the walls on my turns. Get sleep and drink water and for extra credit, cut out processed foods. Make a memory jar and over the year, fill it up with happy memories, proud moments and good times/jokes. Then next year, you can go through and read them.”


Hayley McGregory Mortimer
“Trust in your training and coach!”


Jessica Hardy
“Get more sleep to help with recovery, and try not to be grumpy when the alarm goes off. Swim practice is a time to see friends and push your body. Remember, you're lucky to get to go to workouts in the morning!”


Chuck Batchelor
“Kick 7 to 9 kicks off every wall in practice and never breathe on the breakout stroke!”


Amy Modglin
“Live in the moment more. At meets, it's important to take it one race at a time. Just because one event didn't go well doesn't mean your last race can't be amazing. When I made WUGs, I had a terrible 400IM, but I let it go and focused on what I could control, which was my last race.”


Charlie Houchin
"Ask your coach ‘why?’ If there is mutual respect, it can help foster great professional relationships. Swimmers are never too young to take ownership of their swimming performances, and coaches are never above answering questions from those whom they demand so much.”


Adam Ritter
“Make a daily commitment to focus and improve one specific aspect of your stroke, diet or other swimming-related habits. It gives purpose to each workout, and a lot of small changes eventually add up to big ones!”


Arthur Frayler
“Everyone should take a step back for a second to realize how lucky some of us are to be doing what we love. Be honest with yourself and your coaches to try and be the best possible leading up to 2016.”


Tom Luchsinger
“Stop breathing off your walls!”


Robert Margalis
“Actively seek out a weakness. Work with your coach (es) to turn it into a strength.”


Kathleen Baker
“Keep a practice log so you can keep track of great sets and areas you need to work on. Get more sleep; it helps with recovery. Set practice and technique goals – they are building blocks to best times. Improve your nutrition.”


Garrett Weber-Gale
“Keep a journal of something, anything. Write for five minutes each day about something you're working to refine or about a goal. Nothing builds confidence like tracking steady progress toward a goal.”


Melanie Margalis
“Do dolphin kicks off every wall!”


Tyler Harris
“Live in the moment more than you likely do. The current moment is always the most important moment. Living in the past and living in the future seem to matter at the time, but once you’ve passed the current moment, you’re already living in the past. Take life for what it is at the time. I often reflect back to my best swim I ever had. During that race, I never enjoyed all of the little steps and amazing self-fulfillment the moment provided. Years later, I realize that I far too often passed what was in front of me. If I could go back and do it all over again, I undoubtedly would. As the saying goes, ‘It’s the not pursuit of happiness that matters. Rather, it’s the happiness of the pursuit.’”


Teresa Crippen
“Do at least one thing this year that gives back to the swimming community and the young swimmers in the sport.”


Jasmine Tosky
“Make at least one person smile each day.”