21 Apr 10 things a swimmer CAN do when training and competition is paused
There’s a great philosophy that gives power and the right thinking to people facing difficult situations and seemingly overwhelming challenges:
“Life will always throw you challenges and obstacles will test you. In many cases, you can’t change them: it’s out of your control. What you can do, what you can do. You have to do, is to choose how you will deal with those challenges and obstacles. The real power you have is in choosing how you think, how you talk, and how you deal with those challenges. of life”.
So if you can’t exercise – You cannot participate in the competition – You can’t go to the gym and train on land with your teammates – Here’s what you CAN do.
1. Improve your mental skills
Every physical problem has a mental element. Your mind and body are connected in everything you do every day. Take control of your mind!
2. Practice flexibility
Take 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon for stretching. You can listen to your favorite music or watch your favorite TV show – anything is possible – as long as you have to squeeze, squeeze, squeeze.
3. Learn how to cook a few simple meals
One of the most important qualities that all successful people possess is independence – self-responsibility. As an athlete, learning to cook some simple meals – for example: How to cook a rice dish, how to follow a pasta recipe, how to cook a steak – is an essential aspect of being independent and life skills are important, especially as you get older and compete elsewhere, go to college, and so on…
4. Clean, repair, restore, replace your swimming gear
Everyone has a pair of propellers with a few cracks. Each participant has a leg board with some chipped spots. Keep your swimming gear in perfect condition.
5. Learn how to get better quality and quantity of sleep
When it comes to swimming success, sleep is just as important as exercise. Take the time to learn topics about sleep and learn how to get better sleep.
6. Start an online chat group with your team
Everyone is in the same situation. Why not start an online community with your swimming team members? Ask people to post photos and videos of how they spend their time. Share ideas about staying fit and healthy. This is the perfect time for team members to share, learn, develop and support each other.
7. Become a researcher on the sport of swimming
Find out all of the current City, Country and World records. Study your performance, swimming segments and details of all styles and ranges.
8. Find out more about your range than anyone on the planet
Become a researcher – an “Expert” on your own intensive competition. How many hands did the most recent national champion swim in the last 50m? How are their swim segments like? Where did they get their first breath after kicking off the wall? There is a very nice saying: “If you can see it – you can be it”.
9. Contact a champion
The beauty of social media is that you’re just a click or two away from anyone in your sport. Why not contact an existing member or a former member of the national team and ask them about their swimming training and competition itinerary?
10. Research the training habits of the best swimmers
Why not ask Google “Training Tips of Olympic Swimmers” (“Training Tips of Olympic Swimmers”) or a similar search? What is the best thing to make them out of the ordinary? It’s all there – on your laptop or tablet or smartphone.
The biggest power you have right now is the power of choice. The force of choice controls what you have control over. Choosing to do things that will help you get better in training and competition, and I promise you that when you get in the water and back in the gym, you’ll be the best you’ve ever had.