8. Don’t complain. It serves nothing. It’s not fair for others too.
9. Count your strokes. Swimming fast requires swimming with efficiency. Step one is knowing how many strokes you are taking per lap.
10. Count your fly kicks too. How many underwater dolphin kicks are you doing off each wall? Two? Three? Set a minimum threshold and stick to it.
11. Maximize your time in the pool. You don’t necessarily need more workouts, you need to be more focused with what you already have.
12. Don’t worry about what other swimmers are doing. At the end of the day, it’s You vs. You. No one else.
13. Hammer your weaknesses. There are areas of your training you avoid because you “suck” at them. Punish them with consistent attention.
14. Challenge yourself. Break out of your comfort zone. Try that breathing pattern. Do an off-stroke for the main set. Reach a little further.
15. Be grateful. We get to swim. Remember that especially when times are tough.
16. Master the fundamentals. Whenever you are struggling, go back to basics. Technique, consistency, attitude.
17. Be the swimmer you want to be daily. Being that awesome swimmer doesn’t happen at the end of the season. It happens today with your attitude, preparation and habits.
18. You won’t always feel like it. Do what has to be done even when you don’t “feel like” doing it.
19. Train around injuries. One of the benefits of swimming? If your legs are out of commish, get some pull in. Shoulder down for the count? Strap on some fins and do some vertical kick.
20. Have a plan. When you have a plan for your swimming you are more likely to walk on deck with purpose and focus.
21. Be the influence you want to be. What’s your idea of a perfect teammate? There’s no reason you can’t embody those characteristics yourself. A rising tide raises all ships (and especially yours).
22. Learn from your mistakes. It’s human nature to trip up in recurring ways. When you break the pattern and crack the chains of your habitual missteps you create an environment for massive momentum.
23. Work hard. You can’t control talent. Or genetics. But you know what you have control over? Effort.
24. Tackle big things one small step at a time. Olympians aren’t built overnight. Aim for progression and improvement, not overnight results.
25. Track the things that are mission-critical. If it matters to your swimming, you should be logging and tracking it. Period.
26. Keep things as simple as possible. Instead of drawing up a laundry list of 100 things you want to improve start with one thing. Nail it. And then move on to the next thing. When we complicate things we get overwhelmed.
27. Perfection vs. Excellence. Greatness comes with blemishes, setbacks and disappointments. It’s okay for things not to go perfectly.
28. Ignore the naysayers. Challenging goals are hard enough, nevermind in the face of unqualified criticism. Block ’em out.
29. Go the extra mile. If you do the same as everyone else, you will get the same results as everyone else too. Don’t be afraid to push things a little further.