How to Develop Next Level Resilience in the Pool

by Olivier Poirier-Leroy. Join his weekly motivational newsletter for competitive swimmers by clicking here.


Olivier Poirier-Leroy is a former national level swimmer. He’s the publisher of YourSwimBook, a ten-month log book for competitive swimmers.

Conquer the Pool Mental Training Book for SwimmersHe’s also the author of the recently published mental training workbook for competitive swimmers, Conquer the Pool: The Swimmer’s Ultimate Guide to a High Performance Mindset.

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I have to say that given the sledging before that 100m Fly, Cavic offering to buy Phelps a new suit, and the clash of heads mentioned above (which was mentioned on TV on the day as well) it is the most impressive under pressure swim I have ever seen. It is also the most exciting swim I have watched “live”. So hard to watch swims live due to time zones and broadcasting restrictions.

Also my own experience is that using setbacks for motivation and using anger to increase aggression for swimming does work.

splash and dash

Maybe phelps unique metabolism, which doesn’t produce as much lactic acid as other athletes helped.

Coach John

everyone knows that here are a multitude of individualistic variables to a performance… try to see the trees from the forest.


lactic acid buildup is not the cause of fatigue


Glad somebody knows something!


Okay. For anyone who reads this comment and thinks, “that sounds right,” go read a book on exercise physiology. Then slap yourself across the face, throw away your bachelor’s in creative writing and stop being such a fake know-it-all.

It is taking every fiber of my being to avoid being rage-banned from this forum over your comment, splash and dash. If you are a coach, stop spreading blatant untruths to your poor B-level swimmers. If you are a swimmer, stop listening to your philistine coach. If you are somebody else (ex-swimmer, masters swimmer, official or parent), just stop.

There’s a starter with some science. Please read it and stop posting unverified, absurd and nonsensical comments.

Splash and Dash

Okay. This is for all of you haters that don’t like my post. Athletes like Phelps are born, not made. He worked incredibly hard to get what he attained, but his body’s ability to shuttle lactic acid (containing the hydrogen ion which inhibits the movement of the muscle) out of his myocytes (muscle cells) and back to his liver is a HUGE factor in his success.
This PREDISPOSITION allowed him to train better and to race better than your average swimmer.
KSWIMS, I recommend that you self-regulate yourself and your anger and seek help.

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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