We had a thought provoking hard training week. My opinion follows: We tend to forget that we train for self not for others. We have forgotten why we are engaging ourselves in the sport of swimming or other practices. It cannot be for a mark of A or for a pat on the head from our significant others. We can’t treat the teacher, coach or trainer as our Master or Guru. The individual, the swimmer has to be the Master, the Guru. The swimmer is her only judge. If you want to be good you are being good because you want to be good. Once this is remembered everything becomes easier and training will be only about you and your truthfulness to self.
-“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” Coco Chanel
-“Mastery of a practice involves not deceiving oneself about one’s performance and being able to entertain the possibly plural perspectives on the standards of the practice which are immanent to the community constituted by this practice. Nietzsche stresses truthfulness as integral to self-mastery. Truthfulness is a virtue proper to any practice and that since it is through one’s engagement in certain practices (and not others) that one gives style to one’s character. One cannot be said to have fully mastered a practice unless one has mastered oneself…” David Owen Nietzsche, Politics and Modernity