2020-07-27T03:48:18.000-07:00July 27 2020, at 03:48 AM PDT, Ed Collins said:

“I swam the race like I trained to swim it. It is not mathematical. I just let my body do it. It is a lot easier if you let your body do what it is trained for.” – Ian Thorpe

2020-07-26T06:18:44.000-07:00July 26 2020, at 06:18 AM PDT, Ed Collins said:

One evening, an old Shawnee Indian man told his grandson about the battle that happens inside of an individual.
He said, "Inside us all, there is a battle between two wolves.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"
The old man simply replied,
"The one you feed."

2020-07-25T04:47:29.000-07:00July 25 2020, at 04:47 AM PDT, Ed Collins said:

“For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.” – Rudyard Kipling

2020-07-24T03:32:17.000-07:00July 24 2020, at 03:32 AM PDT, Ed Collins said:

"Failure fixed by others leaves you weakened; mistakes you overcome on your own empower you."--ASCA Hall of Fame Coach Don Swartz

2020-07-23T03:50:22.000-07:00July 23 2020, at 03:50 AM PDT, Ed Collins said:

"Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else." --J.M. Barrie

2020-07-22T03:49:59.000-07:00July 22 2020, at 03:49 AM PDT, Ed Collins said:

Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it's because you've started to think of failure. – Tommy Lasorda

2020-07-21T03:56:22.000-07:00July 21 2020, at 03:56 AM PDT, Ed Collins said:

Your success as a swimmer depends on how well you handle the pain and fatigue of oxygen debt. You get tired and quit mentally long before your body gives out physically. This means you can always do better than you think you can. You don’t always want to believe everything that you think. Your thinking is a product of your front brain. How you respond to the thoughts that you’re tired should be to refocus in the “now” – what you are doing in the moment. Try focusing on your breathing.

2020-07-20T03:50:36.000-07:00July 20 2020, at 03:50 AM PDT, Ed Collins said:

“Whenever you feel yourself growing anxious, breathe in energy. Breathe out negativity. Breathe in relaxation. Breathe out stress. Oxygen is energy – it’s juice. Oxygen helps relax muscles and clear the mind. When you hold your breath, you are creating pressure and a nervous feeling. Athletes who choke start to become nervous about being nervous. Anxious about being anxious.” ~ Gary Mack

2020-07-19T11:44:41.000-07:00July 19 2020, at 11:44 AM PDT, Ed Collins said:

“The key is to trust in your preparation. You have done all you can, so focus on that fact. You will remain the same person before, during and after the race, so the result, however important, will not define you. The journey is what matters.” ~ Chrissie Wellington

2020-07-18T07:32:45.000-07:00July 18 2020, at 07:32 AM PDT, Ed Collins said:

“Excuse me, Sir,” Alice inquires. “Could you tell me which road to take?” Wisely, the Cheshire Cat asks, “Where are you going?” Somewhat dismayed, Alice responds, “Oh, I don’t know where I am going, Sir.” “Well,” replied the Cheshire Cat, “if you don’t know where you are going, it really doesn’t matter which road you take.” - (Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol)