I know how much some of you enjoy swimming – have you watched Adam Peaty smashing all the breaststroke records in the last week? There was an article about him in the Guardian Newspaper today here and it shows just how much perseverance and resilience, coupled with ambition, can achieve.
Photo: Adam Peaty celebrates after winning gold in the men’s 50m breaststroke at the World Championships in Budapest this week. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images
Here are some of the bits I found interesting – does it remind you of our Learning Powers?
“While you’re on the way to work, Adam Peaty is already in the pool. While you’re eating lunch, he’s in the gym. When you’re getting ready to leave, he’s back in the pool again. And while you’re winding down at night, he’s already asleep.
Peaty gets up at 6am to train, completing three two-hour sessions a day, six days a week. Then he’s in bed each night by 9pm”
“Peaty is better than everyone who is, and everyone who ever was. He has the 10 fastest 100m times in history.”
“Peaty has the perfect physique. Large hands, large feet, and hyper-mobile, double-jointed knees and ankles. But in swimming, the gifts you’re born with are never enough. It demands lunatic commitment.”
“For years, it had been Peaty’s parents who had to make sure he was at the pool in time to train before school. “I’d get up at 4am, drive him 40 minutes to Derby, wait two hours while he was training, or go to Tesco, then drive him back and do a full day’s work,” Caroline Peaty remembered. “Then we’d do it again in the evening.” ”
“Peaty has lived by a simple rule. “People talk about sacrifices, how many times you turn down going clubbing or going to the pub. It’s not a sacrifice. It’s a choice. You make two choices in life, one that makes you faster, one that makes you slower. I choose faster.” ”
” “It’s not even breaststroke anymore. He’s swimming like a new kind of stroke, like a metamorphosis between ‘fly’ and ‘breast’.” Some of his competitors are so keen to discover Peaty’s secrets that they’ve been surreptitiously videotaping him when he competes overseas. “When you’re under the water you can see they’re filming you,” he says, “using those little mirrors.” ”
“Peaty has never made that mistake. There’s a story about him from Rio. All his kit was lost in transit the day before his first race. Suits, caps, goggles, all meticulously calibrated to his needs. He stood up on the team bus and shouted “this isn’t going to beat me, I’m not letting this beat me.” Then he broke the world record wearing borrowed kit.”
A few years ago, Yar 6 looked at the perfect proportions for a swimmer. I wonder if Peaty has these proportions?! (Click on the picture to enlarge it)