Have you ever been in the situation where you’re in a race and you’re next to someone who you feel you shouldn’t be beating, so you pull yourself back and you don’t allow yourself to pass that person?

I have lost races before because I didn’t have the confidence in order to swim faster than them. That is a confidence thing.


If you’ve got the confidence to know that you can be faster than this person that you’ve got a mental block against, then you can really go on and achieve much better results with your swimming and with your sport.


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My two favourite ways of building confidence are:

Experience: Getting more experience in your races or simulating race situations in your training

Have an “F U Attitude” towards your competitors in the race. You can be best friends outside the race but when you’re in there, I like to have that F U kind of attitude which will really give you the confidence to push ahead of that person who you’ve got a mental block against beating them.

Taking The Next Step

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One Response

  1. LOVE IT!!! Sometimes it takes an FU attitude to get you in the right frame of mind, especially when you have to compete against friends/training partners, who happen to be in your same age group. Thanks for reminding us that it is okay to have that mentality in the RACE!

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