Sports don't turn up often here. And when they do, they're about individual sports. Recall what we can learn from the tennis crowd in my Federer Moment post of 3-20-07. Here's something new, from a NY Times piece on an amateur receiving coaching from an Olympic medalist (7-07):
"The best time to fight old habits and make corrections is when you're going smooth and slow. Really think about what you're doing during warm-up or warm-down or easy swims between hard sets. But when you're doing hard sets or racing, turn the brain off and just let your body go on its own."
This is what the swimming pros do. It's also what the piano pros do. If you're not doing it, you should. One caveat. You have to have done some spade work first. Abruptly changing the metaphor, you have to put black on the boots before you can start polishing them.