The mantra for becoming a stronger swimmer!

A Swimmer's life
Written by: Valeria Molfino at 26 November '20 0
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I have often entered races because I needed a new goal. I needed the motivation to get off the sofa and plunge into the cold water. The idea of competing has always been a great stimulus and good reason for training consistently, almost as if it were some kind of medicine that will help me perform at my best on a specific day. Nevertheless, I cannot remember how many times I turned up at a race thinking: “what am I doing here?”.

I think lots of thoughts go through the minds of swimmers of all standards when they are training and when they are racing; often they are negative thoughts telling us that we are not making progress, our swimming technique in a certain stroke is mediocre and that we are not in top shape. In those moments, our “mantra” or, in other words, the repetitive thoughts guiding our actions, is negative and energy-sapping.

I also think a sportsman or woman’s great strength lies in their ability to handle these moments. The sports psychologist Piero Trabucchi claims that: “Keeping motivated is a discipline in itself, an exercise. You need to be resourceful. Motivation is not comparable to desire; or, in any case, it is not just that. It is also the ability to handle discomfort, to put up with it”.

That is why, whenever we ask a champion what the secret is, the answer is either directly or indirectly related to making sacrifices: swimming every day, getting up early in the morning, withstanding physical stress etc.

There is no single recipe to help everybody become a stronger swimmer but, if we want to achieve a certain goal, our mantra needs to be associated with positive thinking, words reminding us that we can do it, that we have the resources to succeed and improve, and that failure or giving up are certainly not an option!

So, even when negativity comes knocking at our door, we will be able to handle it with bravery and discipline.


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Valeria Molfino

Valeria Molfino is a 30-year-old with lots of stories to tell. She is a keen swimmer and runner but, above all, passionate about writing. She has always been a Blogger and loves to observe and describe people and their relationships, grasping all the most deeply hidden nuances and connections. She has a degree in Media Languages to give her a deeper understanding of communication and a Master’s in Multimedia Communication, so that she can express herself more methodically and concisely. For her swimming is not just a sport, but a means of expressing freedom and lightness.