Motivation during the swimming season is different for every swimmer. For me? I have lots of things that motivates me. Some big ones are doing good so all the hard work I put in pays off, practicing for meets is tough but you have to just push through it all. People think that swimming is really boring and easy, I disagree, I have been in multiple sport activities and nothing compares to how hard swim practice is. On a normal practice we swim about three miles and that’s just after school. We also practice for three and a half hours everyday during christmas break. Preparing for meets is a different story there are every meet day things I have to do on the day of a meet. For instance I need to be up two hours before the bus leaves. It doesn’t really matter what I do I just need to be up getting mentally prepare for that meet. Meet days are the days I need lots of motivation because before I get ready to swim my event.
Another big piece of what motivates me is that I want to be like my older brother.When I first started swimming it was because of him and how he said it was fun but challenging. So I agreed to try it and my first year of drippin’ dragons was a lot of fun so I joined the next two years until I joined the school’s team when I was in seventh grade been in swimming since. I think that swimming is a sport that only a handful of people are able to be a part of because it does take a whole lot of motivation and even more determination. There are people that really want to try it and they join for a year and see how they like it, but they do not enjoy it so they quit. After this years swim season has ended we will have lost almost two thirds of our team because of the seniors that will graduate. Another thing that I think motivates me is that I want our swim team to succeed. I believe that swimming is more of a mentally strong than a physically strong sport just for the simple fact that we have to practice almost everyday, if you don’t then when you haven’t been in the water for 2 or more days that it’s almost like you forget how to swim. Don’t ask me why I think this, one of my teammates was sick for just about a week and when he came back to practice he was not the same swimmer that he was the week prior to when he was sick. You have to be willing to be very buckled down and give incentive to this sport.
I remember one year during swimming I missed one of my swimming events. I was not paying attention and the announcer said my name and my teammates were all telling me that I was supposed to be swimming right now so I kind of ran and I swam it, but I was late by like five to seven seconds. While I was swimming all I could think about was that my coach was going to be so mad at me, and I swam so fast that I got in and got out just in like 10 seconds and I believe that I swam about a 1:24.
If I swam like I did at that meet and on time, I would have made sections my eighth grade year. I just look back at that moment and remember to be paying attention to where I am and what I am doing because if I was aware I could have been going to sections in my eighth grade year. I look back to that time and I just wonder what I was thinking. Now that I am taking time to think about it two years ago feels like a long time, but to remember that long time ago I just can’t ever seeing myself doing that ever again, I am very grateful for that experience so this way I can learn from my very big mistake. There had been other mistakes that I made and I learn from, but I choose to talk about this one because swimming is very important to me and I regret that I made that mistake, but again I am learning from experience.
U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is estimated to pocket about $30,000 in funding and reimbursements. This is because as a gold-medal favorite in the 200-meter backstroke and individual medley in the Olympics. He also has a sponsoring relationship with Speedo, Gatorade, Nissan, Mutual of Omaha, Gillette, Ralph Lauren and AT&T for the London Olympics.
He only earns a majority of deals of about $250,000 from these sponsors. While being very well supplied and outfitted. He gets swim gear and the clothes he needs, while Gillette gives him it’s family products, AT&T includes things as smartphones, Nissan provides him with a car. Also Lochte’s parents often get the benefits while being at Ryan’s request. He is also benefited from direct work with Gatorade scientist who monitor his training and determine a best plan for integrating Gatorade’s line of products for his training and recovery. For these levels of support, he also appears in commercials and makes appearances for his sponsors, from the Super Bowl to swim clinics. He must also perform tremendously in the Olympics to “unlock” the even bigger dollars. Sponsoring only counts for just under $2 million of his base salary. Getting gold medals can add even bigger allowance from Gatorade, Speedo would push him over $1 million for the one deal alone. During an Olympic year money can add up fast. Lochte sees himself designing in mainstream fashion outside of swimming. During the 2016 Olympics look at what happened to Lochte, I thought that he was going to go to jail over the summer Olympics.
Power is something that can be a good thing but develop into something dangerous. When something is given power it usually starts off good. They give the people what they want and what they asked for In the beginning they are not be selfish or greedy. But something changes inside them. They forget about the people and what they want. Like animal farm when Napoleon said he if he was in charge he would give the animals what they want and need it a more suitable way. He did take over and he turned out like the human and power corrupted him.
You need to have different opinions from different people. There is a reason why in most United States branched powers have 2 or more opinions on most situations. Because if you have only one opinion on all situations. Then it will go their way and they will think that they can make every decision. Even if you think that the President makes decisions well he doesn’t. He has to answer to people too.
Power has a weird way of changing any type of person either good, or bad. It is more than likely to be bad or worse than what that person was. But in very few cases power can change a person in a good way. I am not saying that it always will be for the good I am trying to say that few if any case are like that. Power can be good in moderation if anything. If you look at almost any history topics which shows it is bad to have too much power if you do not know how to manage it.
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Is it October yet? I can’t wait to go pheasant hunting. Hopefully I get a chance to take a trip. North Dakota is more than likely where I would get to go. I want to shoot at least one pheasant this year.