Coach Pete

Expert advice for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches

Quotable Quotes

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Only those risking to go far will ever know how far they can go

Only a mediocre person is always at his /her best.

Practice is 90% physical – 10% mental. Championship meets are 10% physical- 90% mental

Pride, intense pride, that’s what it all comes down to.

Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.

People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they themselves discovered than by those which have come from others.

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People who feel good about themselves produce good results.

Swim each practice as if it was the most important practice of the year.

Take the best team and the worst team. Line them up and you would find very little difference. You would find an emotional difference. The winning team has dedication – they don’t accept defeat.

Take all defeats as a temporary setback

Don’t ever give up!


January 22, 2008 - Posted by | Age Group


  1. You are one hundred percent right, and I learned after two years with you, that if you put effort into training, then you WILL get something back from it! I’m glad that I had realized it, and sometimes hoped that I had realized it sooner. When practices get tough, keep on reassuring yourself that it will pay off in the end!

    Jenna Moodie

    Comment by Jenna Moodie | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  2. I totally agree with Jenna. I used to be lazy when I was 10 years old, but then I got motivated and followed what all these quotes say. The hard work has really payed off, and I have gotten better and better over they years. Now, when coach Tomas gives us a set like an hour of 100 meters on 1:20, I just think of what all these quotes stand for and put my mind to the challenge. Thanks Coach Pete, for teaching me the value of hard work!


    Comment by Felipe Lozano | January 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hey Coach!
    Just wanted to tell you that this blog is very informative and it will help me in the future.
    Here is another quote for you:
    “The only place where success comes before work, is in the dictionary.”

    Thank you for all that you have done, including this website.

    Keep up the good work!

    Yoel Lapscher

    Comment by Yoel Lapscher | January 30, 2008 | Reply

  4. Hey Coach!

    I think I have another quote for you…

    “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” Everyday at practice when the going gets tough, thats what I repeat to my self.

    Jenna Moodie

    Comment by Jenna Moodie | January 30, 2008 | Reply

  5. Hey Coach Pete,
    I was just reading an interview with one of the Patriots offensive line men and he was talking about “depositing money in the bank.” Looking at where they are now it is obviously working! That was one of your qoutes that really stuck with me when I was swimming with you.
    Sincerely, Nick Alemann

    Comment by Nicolas Alemann | February 3, 2008 | Reply

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