Has a stranger ever approached you and said, “Let me guess…you’re a swimmer?” Swimmers might be surprised each time this happens, but we really shouldn’t be. There are so many telltale giveaways we spend most of our time in a swimming pool.
It’s hard being a swimmer sometimes, especially since, as all swimmers know, no one outside the sport understands swimming.
Swimmers treat their team like a family, albeit a dysfunctional family. As with any close-knit group of well-meaning people, awkward moments will ensue.
There are a lot of aspects and experiences unique to the female swimmer. I laugh about these a lot with my swimmer girls, and maybe you do too. Here are 10 Female Swimmer Problems…
#8 – A coupon redeemable for five uninterrupted naps.
There is no doubt that swimming, like any sport, has its own specialized vocabulary. But there are also some everyday words that have a completely different meaning to swimmers.
These sensations don’t directly impact our health or our performance in the pool, but when we experience them, it feels like nothing else could.
Being the only swimmer child from non-swimming parents is a rarity, and it’s a different angle to the athletic life. Here are 5 things that happen when you’re the only swimmer in your family…
#4 – You’ve learned how to win—and lose—with grace.
If swimming were a family, the sport of diving is its black sheep. Diving is the illusive and enigmatic second cousin to swimming that you know you’re related to, but you’re not quite sure how.
By now, we’ve all watched Michael Phelps’ newest Rule Yourself spot for Under Amour a few times. The clip claims: ‘It’s what you do in the dark that puts you in the light.’
We didn’t choose the distance life, the distance life chose us; by which I mean you probably became a distance swimmer when you finished a long set, your coach looked at you funny, and the next thing you knew, you were entered in the 500 at your next meet.
Maturing as a swimmer is great. As you get older, you figure out your best events, make your best friends in the sport, develop your race strategies, and discover which type of coaching style works best for you. But that doesn’t mean you won’t ever feel wistful for your days as an age group swimmer.