26 Questions Swimmers Have During The 1500

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Photo Courtesy: Erin Himes

By Joe Buchanan, Swimming World College Intern.

The dreaded mile. Across the 15 laps, swimmers are left alone with their thoughts.

  1. Alright, good start, how do I keep this momentum going?
  2. First lap down, how hard can the next 14 be?
  3. Is everyone else sprinting?
  4. Do they realize we have 1200 more meters to go?
  5. Should I have eaten something before this?
  6. Why didn’t I eat that protein bar in my bag?
  7. If I die of hunger will they still make me finish this race?
  8. What’s 11 times 50? How long have I been in this pool?
  9. Am I halfway done?
  10. Am I in first? Am I in last? Where is everyone?
  11. Is my counter paying attention while I’m away?
  12. Should I listen to a song in my head?
  13. Where did you come from, where did you go? Where did you come from, Cotton-Eyed Joe?
  14. Why did I just do that to myself?
  15. Is that person telling me or someone else to kick?
  16. Should I kick?
  17. Can I kick?
  18. Will everything hurt this much when I get out of the pool?
  19. What is everyone else on my team doing right now?
  20. Am I supposed to pick up my pace at 200 meters?
  21. Do I look like I’m going as slow as I feel like I am?
  22. Where is everyone else?
  23. If these next two flip turns are perfect, will coach forget about the 30 bad ones?
  24. Will this last 50-meter sprint kill me?
  25. How hard do I actually have to touch this wall?
  26. Can I take a nap now?

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Rick Stanfield
Rick Stanfield
6 years ago

“I’m doing this WHY?

Russell Simpson
6 years ago

When I get my hands on the person who said “Don’t worry it’ll be easy and you’ll have a laugh” I’ll ……………????

Tomas Valenzuela
6 years ago

Why in a 25m pool??.

Sandra Gliga
6 years ago

Elisa Budoff

Elisa Budoff
6 years ago
Reply to  Sandra Gliga

I have food down. Need a song!

Sandra Gliga
6 years ago
Reply to  Sandra Gliga

I think Cotton Eyed Joe might be the most random one, hahaha

Lisa Ernsberger
6 years ago

Cheryl Spaulding Miller

Michelle Steel
6 years ago

Love this !! I tend not to think just count lengths! I really want a MP3 swim thing! ??

Magnus Klæboe Nordgård

Malene Klar førr 1500 på NM? 😛 😉

Signe Frits Nielsen
6 years ago

Amanda HAHAAHAHAHAHA

Dan Meyer
6 years ago

So true

Tania HG
6 years ago

Jajaja true Ana Belén Lander

Ana Belén Lander
6 years ago
Reply to  Tania HG

Hahahahaha hahahahaha #IsFunnyBeacuseIsTrue

Nancy Umbright Bischoff

Hannah Jane Samantha Bischoff

Aamir Motiwala
6 years ago

Faateh Ali

Lelah Olender
6 years ago

13 & 14… ????

Ross Mathieson
6 years ago

Julia Taylor

Yvonne Whelan
6 years ago

Dani Cunningham

Becky Schiffer
6 years ago

As a long distance swimmer, this is the best list I’ve seen in a long time. I’d also add, “is it too late to scratch” to the list.

Christian Kruse
6 years ago

Frederikke Kruse ?‍♂️?‍♂️❤️?????

Bruno Moura
6 years ago

Eai Bruno Almeida

Bruno Almeida
6 years ago
Reply to  Bruno Moura

Hahahaha genial, as musicas brotam do nda e tp pior sentimento qnd vc pensa “po ja tem 1000m aí vc pensa… ainda faltam 500”?

Bruno Moura
6 years ago
Reply to  Bruno Moura

nisso q da ser fundista kkkkkkkk

Bruno Moura
6 years ago
Reply to  Bruno Moura

Por isso eu nadava no maximo 400 medley

Bruno Almeida
6 years ago
Reply to  Bruno Moura

1500 q é a boa cara hahaha

Sue Barlow
6 years ago

Nicholas Pedrazzini Matteo J Pedro Mara Spence Denyse Robinson

Sue Barlow
6 years ago

Melanie Irvine

Melanie Irvine
6 years ago
Reply to  Sue Barlow

??? hint hint
I’m starting next week ? once I can swim 10 laps without drowning we’re on!!

Sue Barlow
6 years ago
Reply to  Sue Barlow

Eggscellent – stitches are out of my foot, so should be okay to get back to Cotton Tree as soon as I can drive…….get going, Grrrlfriend!

Brad Muszalski
6 years ago

Kim Cowles Muszalski

Abby Printz
6 years ago

Jillian Pritchard Mary Wassell Jessica Ott Makayla Williams hahah all too relatable

Makayla Williams
6 years ago
Reply to  Abby Printz

?

Louise Chesworth
6 years ago

Tallulah Chesworth read

Janet Bryant Brehm
6 years ago

Kari Beicker Savage Egg….I can only imagine what goes through Conley’s head. ?

Carol Craig Watts
6 years ago

Sharon Bowman Griffing for Travis! ?

Octavia Lau
6 years ago

Brodie Young Micah Lau

Kevin Vaughan
6 years ago

Aimee Heather Adam O Connor Johno Murphy Danielle Phelan

CK PA
6 years ago

Marie Morter. Could this have been write n by your girls? ?

Marie Morter
6 years ago
Reply to  CK PA

This is great!! Pretty accurate too!!?

Veronica Perez
6 years ago

YCeballos RN for Yesi

YCeballos RN
6 years ago
Reply to  Veronica Perez

Got it

Jessie Urban
6 years ago

Liza Buluchevskaya

Elisa Valérie Duval
6 years ago

Lucas de Jouvence Léo Caiez sur le 3km! : j’espère qu’on aura quand mm pas Cotton eye Joe en tête! :/

Lucas de Jouvence
6 years ago

C est rythmé pourtant ca peut passer

Elisa Valérie Duval
6 years ago

Pas faux mais c’est chiant aussi! ^^

Lucas de Jouvence
6 years ago

C est la meilleure musique du monde

Lucas de Jouvence
6 years ago

^^

Fe Verona
6 years ago

#24 accurate! Baya Tch

Tyson Jelbart
6 years ago

Bryce Schubert, Thomas Hawke

Nino Sieling
6 years ago

Tim Hoogerwerf Justus Ykema

Tim Hoogerwerf
6 years ago
Reply to  Nino Sieling

???

Karen Higgison
6 years ago

Kirsty Higgison

Kirsty Higgison
6 years ago
Reply to  Karen Higgison

Haha so good! Number 3 every time haha xx

Claudia Lau
6 years ago

YeeChing Wong how many questions did you ask yourself yesterday ? 78?

Carmen Cleare
Carmen Cleare
6 years ago

Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts
6 years ago
Reply to  Carmen Cleare

??what a stupid race that is

Halima Salim
6 years ago

Tracey Marshall..please ask liam for us

Tracey Marshall
6 years ago
Reply to  Halima Salim

I will! Olya Irtis asked him what he thinks about 😀

Lauralee Lowrey
6 years ago

Rhyann Lowrey

Yasmin Tajalli
6 years ago

Ben Prosser ‘Is that samosa going to rupture my kidneys?’

Andrew Femiano
6 years ago

Spencer Magladry

Lenny Hughes
6 years ago

Sharon Salzman Steinmann

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