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I get asked all the time what I think about when I’m up on the blocks, in the instant before the starter says, take your marks.


There’s nothing I can change, nothing I can do to get faster. I’ve done all the training. All I can do it listen for the beep, dive in the water and swim.

~ Michael Phelps

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Went under 0:34 for my 50 free this afternoon, with a dive start from the poolside. I didn’t even think I was pushing 100%; 85% maybe —  my pulls could be a lot more efficient. But my arms didn’t feel as fatigued in the last 15 m and I could complete most of my pull-throughs.

With a proper dive start from the blocks, and 100% effort, making 0:32-something should be within sight :-)

I’ve been working on my strokes for a month and the work is showing — better technique and endurance. I’m also waiting to see how freediving training can enhance my anaerobic stamina — the lesser I have to breathe, the more I can keep my body streamlined for the charge down the lane.

As they say, once you are on the blocks, there is nothing to think. Just trust your training. And swim for your life.


Written by The Intimate Stranger

February 8th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

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