Tuesday, 14 June 2011

When The King speaks we should LISTEN

When Kevin Murphy -The King of The English Channel was recently asked on facebook:

"What is the biggest obstacle that you have had to overcome in the Channel"

This is what he replied

"The biggest obstacle - the mind. Fifty per cent of a successful Channel swim is willpower, 25% swimming ability; 25% fitness. If you don't want it enough and you crack mentally, you won't do it. You will be exhausted. You may be sick. You may think you are never going to get there. But if you are determined enough and keep putting one arm in front of the other, you will get there. However tough it gets, remember, the discomfort is short term. The achievement lasts a lifetime."

There endeth the lesson.

1 comment:

Beth Barnes said...

That makes sense. I suspected as much, but reading the words made all the pieces fall into place. Now I will understand a bit better what drives my swimmers to step into the frigid water in a dark and lonely cove on Catalina Island and push forward until they stand on the mainland at Palos Verdes many hours later.