Who is a Longevity Athlete?

In my mind there are two meanings to the term, ‘Longevity Athlete’. First, it could be an athlete who highly values longevity – their long-term well-being – and chooses sports activities and trains in such a way as to promote that outcome. This...
The Power Of Three Ps

The Power Of Three Ps

I have a recipe for achieving improvements in my strength and skills that I’ve learned over the decades. It includes the three Ps.  Process  –  Persistence  –  Patience Process is a set of sequential actions to take that are designed to produce a...
Exercise As An Exchange Of Energy

Exercise As An Exchange Of Energy

I view my lifestyle of exercise as spending energy of one kind in order to gain an infusion of another kind.  I may often finish an exercise/training session feeling physically tired in the muscles and metabolism, and possibly mentally tired from concentrating on a...
Endurance As An Agreement With Yourself

Endurance As An Agreement With Yourself

A few weeks ago I did a 30-mile (50 km) point-to-point run with my good friend along the iconic Forest Park trail that has a lot of elevation gain toward the end. He runs this trail once or twice a year though this was to be my first time joining him on it. I had been...
Don’t Skimp On The Warm-Up

Don’t Skimp On The Warm-Up

I understand the pressure you might feel, having limited time in the water, to quickly get into what you view as the main and most important part of your workout. This often compels people to skimp or skip a warm-up altogether. But the warm-up is more than about...
Gaining Control Over Your Attention and Energy Flow

Gaining Control Over Your Attention and Energy Flow

The mind and the body develop together and where one goes the other is pulled along. If you are training the body to become capable of something extraordinary, are you training the mind for its role in this as well? There is a saying, most notably promoted by Daniel...
Trust Supports Skill… At Every Level Of Performance

Trust Supports Skill… At Every Level Of Performance

One of my favorite scenarios in coaching is to guide a non-swimmer from a tense and fearful relationship with water to a relaxed and confident relationship as a capable swimmer. With an understanding of what’s happening deep in the body’s autonomic nervous...
Going From Pool To Open Water

Going From Pool To Open Water

Spring is the time of year when more people are contacting us to get ready for some summer events or activities in open water. It could be for a triathlon, a swim holiday, snorkeling, or being more comfortable swimming recreationally or for personal safety while...
Your Stroke Is Like A Song

Your Stroke Is Like A Song

Accomplished musicians can play not only many different songs, they can also play the same song in different ways – changing the feel without changing the essence. Different artists will play the same song, sometimes trying to play it precisely like another, or...
Differentiating Your Thinking from Awareness and Attention

Differentiating Your Thinking from Awareness and Attention

At one time or another, you may have received the rebuke, “Don’t think about it so much. Just do it!” In some consequential situations where self-control is needed, slowing down to think is a really good thing to do. In others, where a different kind of control is...
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