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It Was All Foggy!

December 12, 2011


It was all foggy, a haze, a steam cloud billowing from the 50 meter watery race track in Indy… I was barely there physically but my mind was there very intensely and focused on the other end of the lane. The deadly silence was creating a eerie feeling in my mind, but I knew there […]

The Night Before the Big One!

November 9, 2011


For future reference. This blog has moved to the Florida Swim Network site. Go see by SwimmerJoe Thinking of you high schoolers. This is the night before the BIG ONE. Night of fear Night of excitement Night of team Night of sweat Night of not sleeping Night of shaving Night of apprehension Night of […]

Start Now! Visualize Yourself Being Great!

November 8, 2011


For future reference – This blog has moved over to the Florida Swim Network site. Take a look – After focus, the world’s greatest athletes list visualization as the next most important aspect of their mental training. The importance of this is definitely a must! You have to see yourself being great. I can […]

2 Things to Think about Swimming This Fall

September 27, 2011


This is a repost from 2009 because I feel this is a must!  I am seeing a bunch of athletes falling apart during practice, and these two points are huge.  Please read them and continue to think about them…all the time #1—While daily consistency is one key to swimming success, so is performing your strokes […]

I am the Last Man Standing

July 27, 2011


I am the last man standing. I am it, the man, the last one in the pool. The one that out-waited everyone. The longest sitter and agitator of the tireless coach who sets his “get in” calling on the ever lasting “repeat” button. I mean, who says it isn’t dreadfully lonely being the last one, the […]

Anguish and Perseverance!

March 5, 2011


“Coach, man, I am so sore and tired… I just can’t.” EXCUSE! Of course, I used to say that, too.  I think most kids do.  As a coach, I am seeing it all the time. Kids not really putting forth a maximum 100% effort when it counts, like in practice or meets. So, one of […]

Weakness Needs a New Roommate

February 3, 2011


I was jogging early this morning with one of my running groups and no one was talking at all. That doesn’t normally happen. Most times we are gabbing the entire time and before you know it, 6-8 miles are gone. That’s the nice and fun way to do it. Not today! What the dark and […]