Relax and Win – 2
Yesterday I wrote about how elite athletes have an ability to focus and relax while at the same time putting forth great effort. In skill sports like golf or hitting a baseball this is a version of Yogi Berra’s classic quote “how can you hit and think at the same time?”
This concept was stated more elegantly a couple of days ago in the NYT by the great Ichiro Suzuki about his first at-bat (he got a hit) at Yankee stadium after being traded to the Yankees. “My 11 1/2 years here is a long time and I was thinking what I would feel like in my first at-bat, I really didn’t think anything. Nothing came to me. It was just a wonderful day to experience that.”
In sports associated with fatigue no one is better than Michael Phelps at keeping his rhythm and form at the end of a race. There is an incredible video of Phelps swimming freestyle that shows just how skilled he is.
Terry Laughlin, the Total Immersion swimming guru, has a number of ideas that can help us all learn to do what Ichiro and Phelps do so well. There is also a great interview by Amby Burfoot of Kim Conley who ran a perfect race to make the U.S. Olympic team in the 5k. Her story exemplifies the Relax and Win approach.
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