July 4, 2015
By David Meyer
Competitive swimming. From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it; from the inside looking out, you can’t explain it. For most people, competitive swimming is a novelty sport, usually watched only during the summer Olympics. However, for competitive swimmers, the year-round sport is best characterized as a “love-hate” relationship.
The “love-hate” relationship for the competitive swimmer is grounded in commitment. Swimming is an individual sport with a team aspect. While the dedicated swimmer is a part of a team, the essence of the required commitment relates to one’s desire to continually improve. Every swimmer has strengths and weaknesses. However, what separates a recreational enthusiast from an elite competitive swimmer is not just the level one’s talent, but also the ability to make sacrifices in the pursuit of speed.
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