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Tips to Beat Workout Boredom From Swimmer Jessica Hardy

Olympic Hopeful Jessica Hardy Shares Her Tips to Beat Workout Boredom

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By Jessica Hardy

Jessica Hardy knew she wanted to be an Olympic swimmer at age 5, when her mom started taking her to the neighborhood pool in Long Beach, Calif. Now, more than 20 years later, she's a three-time world champion and a world record holder in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. Her next goal? Olympic gold in London.

Jessica will be blogging for espnW in the lead-up to this summer's London Olympics. Follow her journey on and read her full blog entry here.

How I Fend Off Workout Boredom

1. Hit Instant Replay. When I need motivation at practice, I just picture my competitors inching past me from the side of my goggles. That mental image is enough to drive me.

A Bright Idea

2. Sing It, Sister. The last song I hear on the radio in my car before heading into practice always gets stuck in my head. I end up singing it the whole time, and you know what, it keeps me entertained — though my teammates don't always feel the same way.

Playing Hard Ball

3. Go into Detail. During a tough part of practice, I focus on technique with each stroke rather than when on earth the set is going to end. That little trick helps me get through it.

Keep reading for more boredom-busting tips.

Pushing the Limits

4. Gossip, Girl. I like to swim next to the most talkative people on the team so that we can chat between laps. It's the secret to having fun during long sets.

Late-Blooming Pedals

5. Remembering Why. All I have to do is take a second to reflect on how painful 2008 and 2009 were, and immediately I find the strength to continue. This time, I want to compete and win at the Olympics.

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