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.
During the swimming season, I go on a whole different diet by watching what I ate. I think that it is important for me to do good in swimming. Big part of that is because my older brother was also in swimming and I got to swim with him for about 3 seasons. Swimming takes a whole lot of determination, time, energy, and much more. Watching what you eat is also a huge piece of achieving and doing good in swimming and also other sports. Some things that are a definite not eating and or drinking are pop, most of just anything that people wouldn’t eat on a diet I’m not consuming. Eating things that are filled with sugar and sodiums are more than likely not a good idea for me to eat.
I would think that I am not nutritionally healthy, but I eat a lot better than a bunch of people that I know. I can say that not eating three quarters of the year and eating during swimming are totally different. People say that swimming is easy and it’s not that hard, but I want those kind of people to do what swimmers do. I think that it is a hard thing to go on the diet that all of the swimmers go on every year during the season. When people say that swimming is boring and easy, all I can think about is why doesn’t that person join swimming and they can see how hard swimming can actually be.
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.