Removing Fear And Tension From Your Experience In Water

Removing Fear And Tension From Your Experience In Water

The Polyvagal Theory developed by Stephen Porges, describes the way the internal body states influences the brain and perception of the environment, and the environment (especially the social environment) influences internal body states.  In my own words, there are...
Checklist For Easier Breathing – Part 2

Checklist For Easier Breathing – Part 2

This is continued from Part 1… Improve Your Understanding Of Exertion Likely, some of you have been working earnestly on your stroke and your breathing, but it is still not coming as easy as you think it should be. You are getting to air, but it still...
Get Curious About Your Fear

Get Curious About Your Fear

Coincidentally, just after I published the previous article Swimming Past Your Perceived Limits, I happen to listen to a particular podcast called Habits, Mindfulness, Addiction from Michael Gervais’s Finding Mastery podcast series. On this episode page the...
Swimming Past Your Perceived Limits

Swimming Past Your Perceived Limits

I’ve had some version of this conversation with a few different swimmers recently and the scenario is something like this: a swimmer is wondering how to work through the strong discomfort she encounters when swimming up to a certain distance in set – say...
Perceived Danger Zone

Perceived Danger Zone

This is a diagram I made to supplement my thoughts in the previous essay on Overcoming Swimming Fears. I just want to outline the subject in this post, while I can see the opportunity to expand a lot on each section of this diagram. Zone A – Personal Comfort...
Overcoming Swimming Fears

Overcoming Swimming Fears

You may have heard it said something like this: there is no courage except in the presence of fear. Fear is what makes courage meaningful. *** The day before the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Race, while sitting at lunch on the boat during our pre-race training and...