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Old 03-31-2011
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One doesn’t need dig too deeply here for it to become clear that many of the swim geeks (the slightly obsessive, earnest characters who populate this forum) are also dedicated athletes. So saying, if one who is “built for comfort, not for speed” (as the song goes) starts to make personal comparisons to some of the times, SPL, etc listed here, they could be be daunted, and possibly de-motivated.
In such a case, a phrase from Max Ehrmann’s over-quoted Desiderata “If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans”, seems to be congruent with TI Kaizen swimming philosophy. One can always aspire to be better, without trying to be an Ian Thorpe. Different strokes for different folks (even if it is the same stroke).
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One can always aspire to be better, without trying to be an Ian Thorpe. Different strokes for different folks (even if it is the same stroke).
Agree with you. However the beautiful thing about TI is that our role models are people like Terry and Shinji ( to name a few) who swim beautifully and very efficiently. Shinji does not have a competitive background.
Many of us think that one day we might be "almost as good" as them by applying the same techniques, even if we are 40 or 50.

On the other hand I do not think people here feel they can even come close to those 20year old Open Water "MILE/5Km PRO's" who are all muscle, stamina and power. The guy who won the 25Km World championship in Rome was swimming at a SR=0.7 in the last Kms... That is unreal ! ALEX
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In such a case, a phrase from Max Ehrmann’s over-quoted Desiderata “If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans”, seems to be congruent with TI Kaizen swimming philosophy. One can always aspire to be better, without trying to be an Ian Thorpe. Different strokes for different folks (even if it is the same stroke).
Exactly Drone. When this subject came up that phrase came to mind. In fact I have used that as a guideline for over 30 years to keep a balanced perspective. It was nice seeing it in print again. Thanks.
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Old 04-01-2011
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These forums (and role models) are a great source of inspiration and information. I am happy to constantly improve on my stroke efficiency, comfort, and speed; and equally happy not to compare my times with Terry, Shinji... or Ian Thorpe.
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