April 9, 2012
From the Swimming
By Alan Goldberg of Competitive Advantage
So how well do you stay calm and composed under the pressure of big meet competition? Your ability to stay relaxed under stress is absolutely critical for fast swims because THE SECRET to swimming fast when it counts the most is that you have to stay LOOSE! If you get too nervous, it becomes physiologically impossible for you to swim to your potential because runaway nerves leave your muscles tight and speed up and constrict your breathing. When these two changes happen, your stroke shortens, your endurance gets compromised and you'll swim way below your potential!