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When Do You Know It’s Time to Quit? – Swimming World Magazine

Posted by | November 7, 2017 | Uncategorized

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Commentary by Jason Tillotson, Swimming World College Intern. Swimming is a complicated sport. It is so pure, so natural and innate yet, at the same time, it can be tremendously complex. Swimming is nothing more than the games we all played as children on the playground. It is nothing more than “hey, I’ll race you to the slide and back” and whoever won, would be top-dog, head honcho, the real deal. However, like a clock, on the outside it may seem as simple as any other mundane exercise routine but on the inside, there are many moving parts, each affecting the other. Nothing stands alone, in a clock or in swimming.Everything has a reaction, everything is intertwined. The tiniest of mistakes, however meaningless they seem, add up to the hundredths and tenths swimmers try and eliminate each time they dive in. All the hours, staring at a stiff black line, diving into to a skin-piercingly cold pool all in attempts to shave hundredths of a second off a personal record or to beat a sworn nemesis from the opposition’s side of the deck.  Read More…


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