How Can You Improve By Not Trying To?

How Can You Improve By Not Trying To?

For many in our culture, probably the most challenging attitude to develop in mindfulness is ‘non-striving’. It is certainly counter-intuitive in nearly every context we face.  In mindfulness meditation, non-striving could be viewed as a skill we develop...
Do Your Intentions For Swimming Matter?

Do Your Intentions For Swimming Matter?

What Is Intention? Your intention is another word for your sense of purpose.  While it is not regarded as one of the attitudes I’ve been writing about in this series, intention is regarded as a central component of mindfulness practice, as one part of the triad...
Thinking About Running (Nearly) Barefoot?

Thinking About Running (Nearly) Barefoot?

This interview with Irene Davis PhD on Peter Attia’s The Drive podcast caught my attention because it is a discussion about cushioned/minimalist running shoes, heel/forefoot strike and impact forces and injuries, transition to minimalist shoes and process for...
Should You Take Up A Second Sport?

Should You Take Up A Second Sport?

Should you take up running (or some other activity) to supplement your swimming? I saw a discussion on a swim coach Facebook page asking what other coaches thought about making their age-group swimmers do some running as part of their conditioning for swimming. There...
Fitness Fatigue vs. Extraordinary Fatigue Part 2

Fitness Fatigue vs. Extraordinary Fatigue Part 2

This is the second part of Fitness Fatigue vs. Extraordinary Fatigue. What happens when we have an extraordinary athletic achievement but go past some internal limits to do it? In the first part I told the story of my longer-than-normal long run, and in this second...
Fitness Fatigue vs. Extraordinary Fatigue Part 1

Fitness Fatigue vs. Extraordinary Fatigue Part 1

Before I get into the story of my long run and lessons I learned from it, I want to make sure you don’t get distracted by the distances I am running, as if this is too long (or too short) to apply to your situation. I am telling the story in order to describe...
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