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This resource stems from a Case Study found in the “What Do You Do When?” chapter of Jim Thompson’s book, Elevating Your Game.

I work out year-round and lift weights regularly, but I can’t keep up with a couple of my teammates who have added a lot of muscle in a very short time. I suspect they are using steroids. Why shouldn’t I use them since I am at a competitive disadvantage without them?

Performance-enhancing drugs are cheating, and Triple-Impact Competitors® don’t cheat. They live up to their own standards (the S in ROOTS stands for Self) even when others don’t. There will always be cheaters in every aspect of life. Sometimes they get caught; sometimes they get away with it, at least for a while.

But cheaters always pay a price. For example, steroids have severe negative health impacts including hair loss, shrinking testicles, angry mood swings, sleep problems, nausea and vomiting, high blood pressure, greater chance of muscle injuries, aching joints, jaundice, shortening of adult height, and acne.

But the main thing to remember is that as important as it is to do well in your sport, as a Triple-Impact Competitor, cheating is not part of who you are.


Form for reporting Abuse or Bullying - it is private - electronic and safe!!!

Swimmers NAAC Meet

Swimmers: The new AAAA Bag Tags are Out!!! Make sure you get yours - Swim a new AAAA time in an event then make sure your coach requests your tag

The latest from Olivier Leroy:


Olivier Poirier-Leroy is a former National level swimmer from the beautiful west coast of BC. In feeding his passion for swimming, he has developed a comprehensive tool that designed for swimmers to track and analyze their results.

Supersonic speed in the water is all about relaxation. Alexander Popov knew it, Ian Thorpe knew it, Michael Phelps knew it. Watch any of the ground-breaking swims by these athletes and what generally comes to mind is– They make it look so easy.

Being relaxed and loose in the water starts long before you ever slip into a bathing suit. Your pre-race and mental preparation have a visceral physical effect on your swimming. After all, when you are stressed, or your mind isn’t right, you can feel your muscles tighten up, anxiety starts to creep in, and your performance suffers as a result.

Here are 5 ways to stay relaxed the next time you mount the blocks, whether it’s a local meet or the Olympic final:

1. Ignore your competitors. How many times have you gazed across the pool and seen your main competitor warming up and gotten lost in what they were doing — their strokes seem effortless, they appear to glide through the water with uncanny precision and fluidity.

If you are like most swimmers, that seed of doubt will pop in your head: Holy crap, they are making that look easy… Did I really prepare myself that well? I probably should have slept more between heats and finals, they probably slept tons… And so on.

It’s precisely moments like this where you need to point your attention inwards. How many hours you put in. The hard work you have invested. The time spent honing your fitness and technique. Direct your energy and focus inwards.

2. Key in on the things that keep you loose and focused. For me, it was loud, aggressive music and complete aloneness. My eyes always had a pointed, “Don’t even talk to me” look across them. While some people might have found that intimidating (or rude), for me it was necessary. I didn’t want to chat with teammates, I didn’t want to joke around, and I sure didn’t want to think about anything except for how I was going to execute the best swim I was capable of. For others to relax or get into a mental state that produced optimal results, it’s joking around with teammates, playing cards or video games. Whatever the case is, learn what works best for you.

3. Search your history of awesome swims for what worked. Go back to the times you swam your butt off. What were the common pre-race rituals those races had in common? What was the mental attitude that you approached the race with? Go back and write down 3-4 things that you did before those successful performances and apply them to future races.

4. Focus on the Process. It can be really easy to fall victim to overthinking your race. Whether it’s the competition, the pool temperature, what you had for lunch, the amount of water you drank that day, the fitful nap you had between sessions, or your cap not fitting just right.

Clear your brain of this gibberish by finding a quiet corner, putting a towel over your eyes and visualizing the execution of your race.

The dive. How many dolphin kicks you’re going to execute. What stroke you will take your first breath on. How the water is going to feel. During this process of visualization your brain will sometimes take you places where your race doesn’t go well. Block those negative thoughts and start over. The dive, gripping the block, the temperature of the water. Imagine your race in such depth that when you get up on those blocks your body can simply renact what your brain has already visualized.

Editor’s Noe: Michael Phelps, afterall, had the same pre-race routine for nearly two decades.

5. Controlled Breathing. This is a fantastic way to calm yourself if you are getting anxious or too excited before your race. If done correctly, it not only lowers your blood pressure, promotes a sense of calm, but it also helps us de-stress. Whammy!

How to do it:

a. Place one hand on your chest, the other on your belly.
b. Breathe deeply through your nose without raising your chest – you’ll feel a good stretch within your diaphragm and lungs.
c. Do this for a couple of minutes and you will experience an immediate decrease in blood pressure and heart rate. (This works for any stressful situation, so it’s a handy little tool to have in the rest of your life outside of the pool.)



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Do your goggles fit?

Test: A method to test whether swim goggles fit well or not is to start by holding the goggles

over your eyes and then press into your eye sockets with your fingers in a firm, but gentle

manner. Upon letting go, the goggles should stay in place if they fit correctly. If not,

find another pair and repeat the process.

How can you as a MD Swimmer be heard?

Do you have a suggestion about a meet, award, or website? You have two athlete reps who are your connection to the MD Swimming Board of Directors. Their job is to serve the athletes in MD Swimming by listening to you and bringing your suggestions and ideas to the administrators who make the decisions in our LSC.

Reporting Abuse

 If you or someone you care about has experienced abuse and are unsure how to proceed, please contact Susan Woessner or Liz HoendervoogtUSA Swimming strongly encourages the reporting of sexual miscounduct or bullying by any member. USA Swimming appreciates your willingness to report inappropriate behavior. By contacting either Susan or Liz, you give permission for USA Swimming's Safe Sport Program staff to contact you. Out of respect for the importance of this issue and to encourage honest and effective reporting, knowingly false or vindictive reporting will not be tolerated.

Bullying, by anyone, is Abuse! Report It

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Trivia Question

Winner Gets a $15 i-Tunes Gift Card

Any registered MD Swimming swimmer is welcome to play!!!

New Question:
President John F. Kennedy, a backstroker, was on the first Harvard Swim Team to ever defeat their arch rival_____________. What is the name of the Ivy League School he helped beat for the first time?

Swimmers who have answered correctly: Lance Rombro, Ian Corey, Nathaniel Robinson, Jack Keith, Nicole Appiani, Max Klemm, Tommy Hurley

Last Month's Winner: Averey Johnson, MAC

Last Month's Answer: There were actually 2 correct answers: They were made out of wood and they were for his hands. He called them "Fins" but they were actually more like the modern era "hand paddles".

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Please email your answers to by February 12, 2015

How to play 

Winner will be determined by a random drawing from all of the correct answers submitted.

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