Swimming, a competitive sport that no one really likes but is forced to due either by a parent or to get into college.
Many non swimmers think that swimming is fun. Sure. Playing in a public pool with a bunch of friends is fun, but that is not swimming. Swimming is flailing your arms really to try to get to the side as fast as you can, to put it in layman terms. Its much more complicated than that.
Swimming is not just a sport, it is a lifestyle. To improve greatly and achieve any type of noticeably status such as national levels and so on, it takes dedication, 6-7 days a week for 3-4 hours, and sometimes practices twice a day. It starts to take a great toll on the body and if you are still in school, it becomes apparent if you can’t keep on top of things. For me, I only go to practice about 3 to 4 times a week, depending on what mood I am in, and I can barely keep up in school while getting about 7 hours of sleep(I’m in high school). When you are on a competitive team it seems like athletics comes before academics. Coaches for some reason expect you to make time for practice no matter how early or late it may be. Some days I would have practice at 5:30 in the morning and other times practice would end at 10 pm. Who made up these practice times they are just ridiculous? And when you skip practice to finish some homework or catch up on your sleep, they get all up in your business. It is like the world is ending. On the weekend it is even worse. Some teams like mine practice on Sunday which is just plain stupid, so when friends make plan to go to Disneyland you can never go because you have swim practice, and when they ask about next week you find that there is swim practice next week. There is swim practice every day so there you basically can do nothing fun with your life unless you skip practice. Practices are the worse part about swimming.
Practices are one thing, but the thing that can really get annoying are swim meets. The time when you can show off how much you improved over the past month. Most big meets require you to be there at 7:30 in the morning till 7′ o clock at night. The reason being is that in the morning you swim prelims, races that you swim to get a seed time, and then finals, where the race really counts. Prelims usually start at 9 am and then end at 12-1 pm and then there is a short intermission till about 4 where people can go eat lunch and try to cram in and rest then can get in, and then there are finals which start a 5 pm which you have to race again in the same event and are expected to improve to have a hope at scoring points for the team. At the end of the day, for me at least, it is just a big waste of time.
©2013 Leo Reynolds [cc by 2.0]
Swimming can basically be summed up as a sport hated by people who participate it and a big waste of time that very few became great at ( Aka Micheal Phelps).