Swim Team – a love-hate relationship

Committing everything you have to a swim team is a big deal. Swimming is more than just a sport- it’s a lifestyle. It’s one of the most technical and disciplined sports, but the hardest part of swimming is by far the discipline needed to get up at 5 am before school to swim twice a week is a ton. But also, swimming after school everyday is even harder because twice a week they go from swim to school then to swim. Swimming cultivates a swimmers discipline; it trains a swimmer to do stuff they don’t want to do.

On Monday, a swimmer has practice from 3-6 pm. Once they get home from practice they usually don’t have a lot of time to relax because they have practice at 5-7 am, which means they need to do homework and eat. By the time they are done with homework, it’s usually around 8, then in bed early. Enough sleep is so important with as much exercise as a swimmer does. They need a lot of sleep to then go to practice in the morning. Tuesday morning, a swimmer wakes up  at 4:30 am to leave for practice, then leaves from swim practice for school. Tuesday afternoon, a swimmer has practice from 3-6 pm. Wednesday is a normal practice day from 3-6 pm. After practice, it’s off to bed early for practice the next morning. On Thursday, a swimmer has practice from 5-7 am, then after school there is practice 3-6 pm. Friday is just practice after school 3-6 pm, but Saturday morning is usually a meet day; when there isn’t a meet on the weekend, a swimmer usually has practice 8-10 am. Meet days are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Often,  a swimmer has 2 practices and a meet in one day. It sounds horrendous, but that’s the life of a swimmer. It is not for the faint of heart.