This is a great little book. All swimmers, coaches, and parents of swimmers
should read it. I've always enjoyed swimming and competing, but this book has
made my time in the pool even more enjoyable. It shows you how to battle
nerves, how to stay focused, how to get motivated, and how to not let a slow
time get you down. Here's my favorite part:
"Don't put your ego on the line. Most of the anxiety stemming from the prospect
of not doing well comes from equating yourself with your performance. The fear
comes from viewing swimming as if how well you swim somehow determines how good
a person you are.
Contest the race, not yourself. Don't put your ego on the line with each race.
Vie for medals, trophies, world records, championships, best times, trips, etc.;
not for a good feeling about yourself. How well you do is not an accurate
measure of how good you are. You are not what you swim. Thinking you are only
increases the pressure."
Available from http://keelpublications.com. Buy a copy since the quality of
this photocopy is pretty bad.