I really enjoy this quote by Bruce Lee -
There can be no excuses when entering into a competition, so endure, and go forward.
All coaches and teachers should start every session with a plan, but sticking to the plan line-by-line doesn't always make for a productive practice.
In the final days of 2012, we want to look back and reflect on what an amazing year this was for the sport of swimming. Multiple Olympic Trials...the London Olympics and Paralympics...the Istanbul SCM World Championships. Go Swim would like to give a standing ovation to all the swimmers, worldwide, who thrilled us in 2012 with displays of jaw-dropping technique and who inspired us with their skill, athleticism, fitness, determination, and sportsmanship.
When presented with hundreds of swimmers, who have hundreds if not thousands of parents watching them at each weekend competition, how do you hold back when you (and all those parents) see one swimmer with true potential? How do you hold back from pushing forward too fast?
Sometime we get so caught up in our own day-to-day life that we miss some of the best news possible.
It's been a very long road and it's always tough to describe to people that you're an Olympian... but have never actually BEEN to the Olympics. Thanks to Rachel and Lia, that changed this summer.
For those of you who don't follow us on Twitter or Facebook, Dave sent us a link to this video today. It's worth your time to take a look.
Go Swim would like to honor and salute all swimmers, worldwide, who strive to represent their countries in the Olympics. Over the years, we've been lucky enough to work with many of these swimmers, capturing them at the height of their form so that other swimemrs can learn from what they do.
So, it's done. The anticipation, worry, stress, and fear are all behind now. Coach Rachel Stratton-Mills' swimmer Lia Neal has qualified for the London Olympic Games.
Always at the end of a season, you'll have athletes who are completely satisfied with what they've done, and others who wish things had gone a little differently.