The life of a swimmer



Ryan Lacaste, Reporter

Life each day can be very hard and stressful, especially at the beginning of the week. But one bad day can’t stop you from achieving your goals. Here is what a swimmer has to go through each and every Monday. 

Monday morning my alarm goes off at 4:20 in the morning. It is Monday and we all know how we feel about Mondays. I eat my breakfast then get ready for another morning practice. As I arrive at the pool, my teammates and I have to set up the pool by taking the tarps off and putting the lane lines in. After we set up the pool every Monday morning we have a meeting in our coach’s office to talk about the week. After the meeting, it’s go time. At 5:00 we dive into the warm pool and get on with our practice. Monday mornings are usually stroke work and yardage which means we work on our techniques while swimming long distances. After practice had finally finished I have to go get ready for school.

Waking up early has its cost. While I am at school I try my best to stay awake. I drink as much water as I can to stay hydrated and eat a lot of snacks so that I have energy later on to swim again in the afternoon. After a dreadful day of school it is time for another practice. As I arrive at the pool we have to set up the pool as usual again, but also stretch out before we dive into the pool again. When the clock hits 3:45 it is time to go off again. Monday afternoons are usually stroke technique with an even longer distance than the morning. Afternoon practices are usually harder than in the morning, but this Monday afternoon was the hardest Monday I have ever experienced. After swim practice we have to do some dryland pull ups, pushups, squats, and our med ball workouts, then we can leave. 

When I arrive home I take a shower, eat a delicious dinner made by my mom, attempt to do my homework, and go to bed at 7:30 or 8:30. All of this was only Monday, but swimming for so long you finally get used to this kind of lifestyle. 

You may ask me why do I do this to myself? Why do I wake up in the morning to swim? There is this one swim meet that I have always wanted to go in March which is at Florida, but you have to have certain times in certain events to be able to go to this meet. This is the reason why I wake up in the morning. I am motivated enough to do whatever it takes to be able to compete with the best in the nation. Everyday I go to practice thinking about this meet because I want to be in it. Every practice I work as hard as I can so that I can compete with the best. Hopefully one day I can achieve this goal. If you have a goal, no matter how big or how small, do whatever it takes to achieve it because you would be surprised what you can really do if you are willing to make sacrifices.