1. “Swimming is so easy.”
No. It’s not. And if you continue to try and prove that ridiculous statement, I will go into full-fledged debate mode.
2. “I love Michael Phelps!”
You do…that one week of the summer olympics when everyone is suddenly a swimming fanatic? No, you don’t love Michael Phelps. You’ll be over it by next week.
3. “What was your time?”
My time is my business. Your time is yours. I don’t care how fast you swim. And you shouldn’t care how fast I swim.
4. “Good job!”
If I’m walking away from the blocks not smiling, don’t say good job. Don’t try to make me feel better, because it’s just a reminder that I sucked.
5. “I’m so nervous for this race.”
I’m trying to get in the zone. I’m trying to focus. Your negativity is not helping. Stop talking to me.
6. “Are you going to the Olympics?
Yes, I understand you don’t encounter swimmers often, but we are not all Michael Phelps.
7. “Are you going to that party Wednesday night!”
No…I am not. I never go to parties on weeknights. I have 5am practice. I am a swimmer. We train before school starts…before the sun comes up.
8. “This next set will be a fly set…”
For 99% of swimmers a butterfly set means one thing…pain.