A Letter to the Struggling Swimmer

This originally appeared over at YourSwimBook.com. Join Olivier’s weekly motivational newsletter by clicking here.

When you are feeling down after a bad day of tests and school… Do the work.

When you are coming back off of a disappointing competition, where you swam below expectations… Do the work.

When your personal relationships are causing you frustration and stress… Do the work.

When you are coming off a successful season… Do the work.

When your stroke isn’t feeling 100%, and you feel like your feel for the water has left you… Do the work.

When you are injured and the only options available to you are dryland and/or kick sets… Do the work.

When you find yourself struggling to stay motivated and keep yourself inspired… Do the work.

When you have moments of complete and utter success… Do the work.

When people tell you that you will never achieve your goals… Do the work.

When you feel beat up, tired and rugged… Do the work.

When people tell you that you have all the talent and genetics in the world… Do the work.

When your stroke is feeling amazing and you are swimming faster than ever… Do the work.

When your facilities aren’t nearly as rad as your competition’s… Do the work.

When you have an opportunity to make a deposit into the piggy-bank of training… Do the work.

When you get the chance to prove to yourself that you are mentally tougher than you ever thought possible… Do the work.

When you feel those voices of doubt and insecurity in the back of your mind… Do the work.

When you feel like you have never been stronger or faster in the water… Do the work.

When you feel like giving up… Do the work.

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About Olivier Poirier-Leroy

Olivier Poirier-Leroy

Olivier Poirier-Leroy has been involved in competitive swimming for most of his life. Starting off at the age of 6 he was thrown in the water at the local pool for swim lessons and since then has never wanted to get out. A nationally top ranked age grouper as both a …

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