Born to Swim

June 10th, 2012

My name is Nicholas Sterghos, professional triathlete, and I am a Total Immersion swimmer, born to swim.

What is the importance of swimming when 70-75% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water and as our ice caps continue to dwindle due to global warming—you tell me?  Whether for survival, fitness, fun or competition, learning to become one with the water is not the easiest task.  Perhaps for nine months before conception, all the salty amniotic fluid that aids in growth and protection for the fetus allow us to develop a natural sense of the water.  Unfortunately after birth, when children adapt to a totally new environment and begin to focus their energy on functions such as walking, we forget.  If we only learned to swim first instead of walk and run, we would be able swim like the fishes. Except for those few Michael Phelps and Katie Hoffs, who carry more of this natural talent than the rest of us, everyone else has to readapt to the water. But in reality, even the best of swimmers have to work hard, put countless hours into developing the perfect stroke, and gain the speed they need to win medals.  For me, it all started 8 months after my birth, as my father states: “You started young, just threw you in the pool, and to our surprise, we did not have to jump in after you.” But, I did not choose swimming as my main sport, and, as I grew up, drifted to other sports such as soccer, not learning the ways of Poseidon.  For me it has become a difficult task trying to become a great swimmer and yet I continue to work toward it. It was not until I discovered Total Immersion that I learned how to focus my energies and swim smart using my mind and not just my muscles to discover my potential and comprehend that I was born to swim.

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