Sole Searching is intended and designed to generate and create serious thinking and deep consideration regarding one’s beliefs, motivation and driving force to finally move yourself to the next level.
More and more I find myself coaching endurance athletes who are working on improving their swimming more like a yoga practice. No judgement. This is all about what you can do, focusing on what you are doing right, and acknowledge what you need to develop in the way of stroke mobility and technique and continually asking what your body is feeling in the water.
I have a reputation for asking “How did that feel? Good, do it again.” The ultimate goal is to get the athlete to connect mind and body and focus on “feel.” Our computer watches can supply us with tons of feedback relating to all kinds of data, but it can’t relay “feel.”
In Dr. Michael J. Stephen’s book Breath Taking he appropriately describes what I see in so many endurance athletes is a lack of kinesthetic connection with their body and their environment. He describes it as the “lost art of focused surveillance.” I continually suggest to my athletes that they swim with a sense of mindfulness and focused observation. Engage your senses as you swim and the feedback can guide you to a new and successful outcome.