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Old 01-10-2010
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This discussion started in another thread and I think it deserves it's own space.

There is a concern that MP3 players may be a safety issue in ow. I use a Swimp3 player that uses bone conduction. I have no trouble hearing boat engines, my escort, water safety personnel, or dolphins while swimming. I think I hear a lot better than those who wear swim caps over their ears or earplugs.

Awareness of surroundings may be a more relevant point. For myself I know that it doesn't impair my awareness. I'm not sure it makes a difference for others. Some swimmers seem to be unaware of what's going on around them and they don't have any "toys."

What do you think?
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Hi EWA,

That was my comment on the other thread and like I said, it is an individual choice. But I do know there is no sanctioned race that is going to let folks have one on because of safety concerns. I guess I feel that it takes away from my concentration of mindful swimming (again only speaking for myself). Some might say that maybe I can't focus with the music like they can and still be mindful, and they may very well be right, but I also enjoy being able to hear if my hands are entering the water quietly, if another swimmer is calling out to me for some reason or my pilot is trying to speak too me about an issue rather than using hand signals. But, then again that's why I like the variation of this forum we don;t all have to agree on everything. BTW, EWA, I'm gong to do my best to come swim with you this year. Can't make any guarantees, but I'll try.

Keep Swimming!
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The music issue aside...Is a better swimmer one who is aware of everything or blocks everything out?
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The music issue aside...Is a better swimmer one who is aware of everything or blocks everything out?
Years ago I read the following story. A Yogic and Zen master while in their meditation practice had someone fire a gun beside the their ear. The Yogic did not flinch as he did not hear the shot. The Zen master did not flinch and he heard the shot (he was so totally in the present). Both had reached enlightenment, harmony, joy or being at one with god or whatever you want to call it by following different paths.
Pick your path and practice.
Personally Terry's approach of mindfulness does it for me.
Enjoy.
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The music issue aside...Is a better swimmer one who is aware of everything or blocks everything out?
I would suppose it would depend on what one is trying to block out. Great question
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Old 01-11-2010
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...Is a better swimmer one who is aware of everything or blocks everything out?
To make it worse: doesn't only apply to swimming.

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I would suppose it would depend on what one is trying to block out. Great question
Yeah, great question. To extend it: why would one try to block out something?

Just to mention it: I am a fan of the Zen approach.
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Years ago I read the following story.
A Yogic and Zen master while in their meditation practice

had someone fire a gun beside the their ear.

The Yogic did not flinch as he did not hear the shot.
The Zen master did not flinch and he heard the shot
(he was so totally in the present).
Both had reached enlightenment, harmony, joy or being at one with god or whatever you want to call it by following different paths.
Pick your path and practice.


Personally Terry's approach of mindfulness does it for me.



Enjoy.
I must admit the expensive of music in the pool
is something I would love to have...
many exercisers resort to this!

but
I agree with GRANT!
PICK YOUR PATH
is that really agreeing?

the expensive is ...what really gets in the way?...does n't it?
are we more aware, relaxed and/or enjoying the environment
with the music or without it?

Terry would look silly with music in his ears...

but

is n't that the way
most Olympic participants
do it!

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Old 01-23-2010
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"BTW, EWA, I'm gong to do my best to come swim with you this year. Can't make any guarantees, but I'll try."

Keep us posted, and let me know when you do come over here so we can swim together.
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