View Full Version : inspirations, motivations, and realizations

July 16th, 2002, 12:52 AM
hi, I'm posting this thread to get some feedback for a calandar I'm putting together for my team...I'd like a variety of masters' comments on what •inspires or motivates you about swimming, or
•what realizations or truths swimming has helped you see.
I may use some of your quotes (with or without your name/usms forum user name, as you request) as a "thought for the day" idea. So please don't reply unless you don't mind being quoted! By the way, this is a not-for-profit team handbook project.

I'll be very gratefull for any feedback you send. I thought other forum readers might enjoy the comments, too.


July 16th, 2002, 03:59 PM

Interesting post. I'll gladly put in my thoughts:

Inspires or motivates me to swim:

I'm motivated for the ultimate desire to achieve my personal best and achieve results I never thought possible. True inspiration comes from fellow athletes, whether it's an older Olympic athlete swimming and winning gold, an athlete that overcomes a setback like illness and then triumphs, or a fellow Masters swimmer of any age dedicating themself to try their best. We all would love to break records, but I've learned it's the "journey" that's the success and not necessarily the finish.

Realizations and truths swimming has helped me see:

Having grown up a non-athletic person and always wondering what I could have achieved, swimming as an adult made me realize we can achieve new triumphs no matter how old.

Now, this isn't my quote, but is from the Santa Clara Swim Club famous Coach Dick Jochums. I keep it posted in my kitchen and read it before going to swim every day. Thought you might be interested in reading it:
"Those who strive, those who leave nothing on the table, those who will take the risk, will all be winners. Life is truly sweeter for those who truly live it. The world belongs, and will always belong, to the people who participate. Those who stand on the outside, who never risk, who never fail, cannot now, or will they ever, understand the beauty of each breath of life. So don’t feel sorry for those who fail, feel sorry for the majority that never participate. They’ll just never understand, let alone feel, all that life can and should be."


Tom Ellison
July 16th, 2002, 11:08 PM
You are 100% right!

July 17th, 2002, 10:13 AM
This isn't as inspirational as the last one but it gets me out of bed every morning. I tell myself:

One more hour of sleep will leave you sluggish and disappointed in yourself, while, a great workout is exhilarating, and something to be proud of. Get up!

July 17th, 2002, 11:02 AM
wannabeafish - Your post is quite inspirational to me being someone that is not a morning person and has yet to get in morning workouts. Maybe I'll be amazed at how much I can do in the morning vs. my current evening swims. You've inspired me to "get up" and try.

July 17th, 2002, 03:04 PM
My Goal -
To be swimming when I am 100 (if I am swimming, I am not dead - right?)

To achieve my objective, I swim (not obsessively), and try to think about how to lead a balanced life (Physically, Professionally, Family, personally - though not neccesarily in that order).

My inspiration is at every local meet when I see older swimmers. Like I said, I want to be swimming when I am 100, so I need to learn from the best...

Chris B.

Matt S
July 17th, 2002, 04:12 PM

Like your approach.

My yoga instructor came up with a good one, "you're as young as your spine is flexible." So, get out there and do your stretching program already!


July 17th, 2002, 11:14 PM
Hello Lexa,

I don't know the origin of this quote, but it pushes me in many ways, not the least of which is to swim practice! The quote:

"The pain of discipline will always be less than the pain of regret."

As a child grown old trying to recapture her squandered youth, I know the latter mentioned pain and am working now to appreciate the benefits of the former. The payoff of swimming discipline is big!

Good luck with your project!


July 18th, 2002, 04:56 AM
i once read something, which i seem to remember was a qote from a monk(!) which is what motivates me now:

"you can start and then you can keep going"

i know it seems simple but it keeps me going!

July 18th, 2002, 09:44 AM
I think there is a team in Metro NY that has a slogan on their shirts that says something like, "The last one alive, wins."
Fits with your philosophy. Mine is not quoteable: I swim because I swim (and so I can eat).

July 18th, 2002, 09:56 AM
Deb - Metro is not to far from me, I will see if I can find the team. I also defnintely swim so I can eat (more ; )!

Of course you could go with the mantra a swimmer friend in college used to chant to himself to keep motivated:

Good, better, best;
Never ever rest
Until your good is better,
and you better is the best.

I affectionately called it the creed of the sociopathic obsessive compulsive... He now does Ironman triathlons.

Or you could go with my High School's slogan: " Practice does not make perfect, Perfect practice makes perfect."

Again, slightly obsessive compulsive, but at least there is some truth to this one...

Happy swimming (and eating) !


July 18th, 2002, 10:05 AM
Where is Homer? You're Niagra LMSC, right?

I don't know the author of this one, but my son says it to me all of the time:

"The pain is just the weakness leaving your body."

Unless it is rotator cuff, of course.

July 19th, 2002, 11:02 PM
Ya gotta swim fast to swim fast.

[in practice to swim fast in competition]

July 19th, 2002, 11:05 PM
Don't swim junk.

[swim with a purpose]

July 19th, 2002, 11:08 PM
Listen to your body.

July 19th, 2002, 11:14 PM
Be a student of technique.

Learn to feel your core rotation; big power there.

Matt S
July 20th, 2002, 04:45 PM
Here are some of my favorites, not necessarily on point, and not necessarily consistent:

All that is necessary for the forces of evil to take over the Earth is for a few good men and women to do nothing.

Age and treachery will defeat youth and skill.

Suffering is optional.

The moral is to the physical as three is to one.

The greatest obstacle to regular exercise is not age, injury, shortage of time or money; it's boredom.


July 20th, 2002, 10:41 PM
There is ALWAYS a REASON not to swim.

Steve Ruiter
July 22nd, 2002, 03:51 PM
The happiness of the drop is to die in the river.


Leonard Jansen
July 22nd, 2002, 04:24 PM
"Fear, like pain, may only be God's way...
... of hurting us."

-Firesign Theater

July 22nd, 2002, 04:53 PM
"The faster you swim, the sooner you're done"


"The faster you swim the more rest you get"


July 22nd, 2002, 05:07 PM
Jeff - the complete saying goes thusly: "The faster you swim, the more rest you get which, of course, allows you to swim even faster, allowing even more rest which, allows you to go EVEN faster...it's kinda like a snowball going downhill."

Matt S
July 23rd, 2002, 04:24 PM
Collin Powell's 13 Rules:
1) It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2) Get mad, then get over it.
3) Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when you position falls, your ego goes with it.
4) It can be done!
5) Be careful what you chose. You may get it.
6) Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7) You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours.
8) Check small things.
9) Share credit.
10) Remain calm. Be kind.
11) Have a vision. Be demanding.
12) Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13) Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

I think a lot of this applies to masters swimming.


Steve Ruiter
July 23rd, 2002, 06:17 PM
I you push something hard enough, it will fall over.

Grid's Law (I think)

Steve Ruiter
July 23rd, 2002, 06:22 PM
"The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up."

Steven Wright

July 25th, 2002, 08:37 PM
I read this on this board once and it works for me at meets:
"You don't know if you're a winner, if you don't walk into the arena"

Ion Beza
July 26th, 2002, 08:11 PM
1) "It's better to be the last one in a race, than the first one not participating."

2) "If you look for nothing, you will find nothing."

August 1st, 2002, 01:26 AM
Thanks, everyone, for your replies. There was lots of swimming wisdom given!

Bert Petersen
August 1st, 2002, 01:45 AM
My favorite :

"The older I get, the faster I was"

Also :

"The Golden Years? No-that's rust, not Gold"


Ion Beza
August 1st, 2002, 09:46 AM
Originally posted by Lexa
Thanks, everyone, for your replies.

The following quote is inspiring in Masters Swimming:

"Aging is not for sissies.".

Mark in MD
August 1st, 2002, 11:28 AM
A couple of my favorites:

1. Age is but only a number. If you think old, you will be old. ;)
2. Rest is rust. :(
3. Nothing beats a failure better than an attempt. :D