Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Dear Swimmers

Just a quick note to say "arrivederci!" for 2 weeks as I head off to Mallorca this evening to run one of our 3-day Coach Education Courses for 20 international coaches from right around the world wanting to start their journey with Swim Smooth. I'll also be coaching alongside British Olympic silver medallist Keri-anne Payne (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keri-Anne_Payne) as part of the international BEST Fest Pro Clinic series (see http://bestopenwater.com/swim-smooth-offer/ ) which is a 7 day aquatic bonanza of various open water races in pristine, clear, shark / stinger-free warm waters teeming with marine life. It should be a lot of fun and a brilliant opportunity to work with some of the very best open water swimmers in the world. Check out this short video here:

…perhaps we'll look at bringing a crew of you guys out here next year! I'll certainly be doing my homework!

Whilst I am away, the coaching team of Sally, Derek, Ross and Marie will be looking after you in the best possible fashion. All the sessions are set and have been created with a view to some good challenges to keep you ticking over whilst I am away! So despite the cooler weather, you'll be in the very best of hands.


I was on a seminar last weekend and the speaker (Craig Harper - well worth checking out) said this which got me thinking:

"Motivation is the catalyst that sparks the fire, but not the fuel that keeps the firing burning (that's habit)"

It really got me thinking as he suggested that when people ask him what motivates him to go training at 5.30am he says "nothing - I don't need motivation as it's such an integral part of my daily routine that it's as habitual as brushing my teeth in the morning!" 

It made me contemplate your own motivations as squad swimmers - yes it becomes harder to get out of bed in the colder weather, but images like Derek's above show a) how nice it is to swim in the warm water with the steam rising and b) how virtuous you feel afterwards! So next time you think about rolling over and hitting that alarm, realise that the strength of your habit is what you're trying to tap into, not the search for motivation per se as you've got that internally and have already started the fire by regular swimming over the last months and years. So maintain that habit and you'll never have to re-start the fire and go searching for motivation!


I thought you might find the following useful whilst I am away:

I'll be back on pool deck Friday 9th June - see you then!


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