Since we're on the construction analogy, let's think differently about 'Do less.' I've been struggling lately to work out the kinks in my hip rotation in the water. Core strength, everyone tells me, is the key ensuring that your 'transmission' gets all four wheels moving together and pulling you smoothly through the water. I've crunched. I've kicked. I've pulled. I've played catch up and skulled till the cows came home. But I'm still crooked in the water? What's going on?
Well, it turns out I've been trying to use a pick axe to sculpt my own swimmers equivalent of David's magnificent ding-dong. Today I found out I've got a neat skeletal abnormality called 'lumbartization of the sacrum' - which is when your sacrum fails to fully fuse in development and you end up with a 6th vertebrae that inhibits hip mobility. So, I just don't rotate as smoothly as the next guy. Or dance the hustle well either. So, this week I'm slowing things down. Instead of driving my hips like a runaway freight train into every pull, I'm going to let counter forces from the kick, and the hip flexors and core used to engage the kick in every pull. I'm letting each hip float up and down in the water, instead of trying to roll them side to side and then out of control. I bet by weeks end this looks a lot more like rotation than my previous spiderman crawl.
Do less. There are a lot of applications for this philosophy. Sometimes you just want something so badly that you'll run yourself ragged in pursuit. Don't be a baby-seller. Do less.