8 Things Only Swimmers Will Understand


8 Things Only Swimmers Will Understand

On average, swimmers spend 12 hours per week training to be the best athlete they can be. That means countless miles following that black line, hundreds of tumble-turns, and plenty of time spent with teammates. What’s certain is that swimming is a sport that requires strength, endurance and definitely needs its athletes to be mentally tough. While we can all agree that swimming isn’t a sport for the faint of heart, there are some things that only a swimmer will truly understand:

Not being able to hear your coach with your goggles on

Leaving your goggles on while coach is explaining the set means you won’t hear anything they say… But the second you take them off, you can hear perfectly clear. Which doesn’t make any logical sense, however, every swimmer has experienced this weird phenomenon.

Whatever song you last heard will be stuck in your head for the whole practice

Let’s just hope the last song you listened to wasn’t ‘Baby Shark’… Because, boy, oh boy, that would make for a long practice.

Buying your swimsuit two sizes too small

Not because we are dumb, but that’s literally how it works.

Slamming your hand into a lane line

You thought stepping on a Lego was bad? Try slamming your hand into a lane line, or hitting someone else’s arm while swimming butterfly. For the remainder of the lap, your hand feels numb as you pull through the water, leaving you questioning whether your hand is broken.

Taking one week off training feels like you’ve missed a whole month

After taking just one week off swimming, the water feels like its slipping through your fingers. Why does the water not feel like water anymore?

Being at a swim meet for nine hours, but only swimming for five minutes

That’s the life of a swimmer. Whether it be cheering on your teammate or supporting a friend who false started, those hours spent pool-side make for the most special memories with your team.

Swimming faster when you’re breathing less

To all other sports… If you thought your sport was hard, try doing it while holding your breath.

Putting your race suit on takes longer than the actual event

Swimmers know the pain of getting that race suit on, and you’d want to make sure you’re completely dry or it’s going to take you even longer.

All commentaries are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff.


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    Absolutely true

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    Martin Richards

    I agree totally ..I swam up to Commonwealthfinalist and raced up to 25km in openwater..in the 70s an 80s

  3. Jennifer Naae Albanese

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    That is so true I am a swimmer and all of that happenes

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    As a committed swimmer, all of this happens, like, twice a day for both morning and evening practice. One of the things that I hate my non-swiming freinds to say is, “Swimming is easy”, or “I could sprint 4 laps in 20 seconds.” (swim a 100). When people say stuff like that, I usually just say: “Try swimming a 1000 fly for warm up, then doing 8 50 frees on a 27.”

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    All true very true

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    this is so true i’m still a kid but i can relate to all of these i still remember the time my friend couldn’t get her goggles on because they were to tight she almost gave me a heart attack

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