Swimming From Home Talk Show: Chris Reid on the Importance of Journaling

We are all trying to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic as best we can. Staying at home and not socializing is not an easy task for anyone, and keeping a swimmer out of the pool is equally antagonizing. Therefore, SwimSwam is starting the Swimming From Home Talk Show, where host Coleman Hodges speaks with the swimming community about how they’re coping with our current goggle-less reality.

Chris Reid, an Alabama alum and current pro training with the NC State post grad group, gave some deep insight as to what can be done to stay positive during this time of uncertainty amid the Covid-19 outbreak. Chris spoke to the importance of journaling and getting your feelings down on paper, so that way they don’t control you. He also talked about what positive reinforcement, coming from yourself, can do to your performance and mental well-being. He says he’s always talking in practice, telling himself (not others) what he’s going to do until he believes that’s what he can do.

Chris used the example of racing Coleman Stewart, and telling Coleman that he (Chris) was coming for him (Coleman) on the 3rd underwater off the wall. That made Chris work hard off that wall, regardless of if he was actually catching Coleman off of it or not.

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Ghost

Good interview. I am glad that someone else (besides me) isn’t going to live or die in calling themself an Olympian. Also like his view on the financial side of things and how lucky so many Americans on national team can get funding and hope they appreciate it!

Seth

I have met Chris Reid, I am amazed by his humbleness, selflessness, and truthfulness. I will try journaling in my life to see how it helps my swimming and life challenges.

Thanks for the great talk Chris!

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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