While it feels like it will be impossible to let go of this part of my life, I know that part of me will always be a swimmer, no matter how long it’s been since I dove off the block. Just like swimming taught me the resilience it has taken to fight epilepsy, it will be there for me for the rest of my life.
While swimming is obviously valuable for us physically, many people don’t realize the lasting effects it can have on a person as they enter the professional world.
We asked eight swammers how swimming is still with them, even years after retirement.
While we all love our coaches, it’s in their job descriptions to make sure we’re doing whatever we can to be successful. Sometimes, that involves doing things that we don’t want to do.
Surgery not only fixes what’s broken, but it makes you stronger. Sure, it takes a good amount of time to regain that physical strength, but you will get it back. I have been challenged a thousand times in my life, especially as an athlete, but recovering from surgery presents challenges that are unlike any other one I’ve faced in the past.
#1 – Your significant other is probably more muscular than you… Sorry. We can’t help being jacked. It just happens. You probably can’t beat us in a sit-up contest, either. But that’s ok. You could outrun us any day.
Fireworks light up the sky over Buda castle in Budapest, the city where the 2017 World Championships were held.
If it has been a significant amount of time since you’ve swam, you can’t expect to get right back into the pool and start sprinting.
It was a Sunday morning around noon, about a month ago. A few friends and I were walking into the dining hall to eat after a night out.
As athletes, we have a million different goals and really only one way to achieve them: training. But what happens when you can’t anymore?
We all know that swimming is hard. Arguably, one of the hardest sports there is. That’s why I put together this list of things that can make your life as an elite athlete easier!
Dear Captains, thank you for a season of guidance, leadership, and endless support.
Freshly shaved legs in bed sheets
Shaving is a different experience for in-season swimmers than regular people. For them, it’s a daily occurrence, or at least something they can do when they please. For us, it’s a privilege we haven’t had in 3-5 months. An award, you might say, for making it through the season.
You heard from the coaches, so now it’s time to hear from the swimmers. They’re the ones who have to suffer through it, right?
We all know swimming is one of the hardest sports out there, if not the hardest. But it is often debated what the hardest event in our sport is.