Barbie, I can run and bike, but my swimming is so weak. If had a nickel for every time I heard this, I would be a wealthy woman. But wait-there’s more. Next they tell me that they signed up for a triathlon in three months. They ask me if I can help them. Yes, I can help them. But first I listen to them explain to me how they swim (or don’t swim). They all share their problems, issues and concerns with me. I never have to ask; people love to share their swimming woes with me. I find it riveting.

Here are some of the problems that I often hear: “I can’t breathe,” “I can only swim one lap before I am wiped out,” “My goggles leak,” “My goggles hurt my eyes,” “I get water up my nose,” “I hate swimming,” “I promised my friend I would do this with her,” “I hate open water swimming,” “My wetsuit gives me a rash,” “What if I get hit in the head?,” and “I might drown!”

I saved the best for last-“I just want to get the swim over with.” Hearing this always makes me sad. It is not beneficial to have a very low expectation of this discipline (swimming). Low energy attracts low energy. Low energy thoughts weaken you. You need to change your inner thoughts and visualize yourself having a good swim. Not just “getting it over with.” Do you really want to drag your body up onto the beach to the bike transition area? I don’t think that you want that. When you say negative things like this, you are setting yourself up for failure. It’s like eating a couple of donuts before your triathlon-you are not helping yourself.  

Yes, I can help you with your breathing. Yes, I can help you purchase a good pair of goggles that have a great fit. Yes, I can help prevent the wetsuit rash.

LifeIsChangeBut I cannot help you “get the swim over with.” This takes mental training. I cannot get into your head. I cannot stop your negative thoughts. This is up to you. I can, however, offer you some advice. Close your eyes. Breathe. Stop whatever you are doing for ten seconds and find THE SILENCE. Visit THE QUIET. Just for ten seconds. Do it six times today. One minute a day. That’s all it takes. One minute, divided into six parts. Go ahead. Do it now.

You do not have to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or visit any guru. It is all within you.  Don’t just talk about it. Be about it.