I’ve often wondered what qualifies a person as a lifetime, die-hard competitive swimmer.
Here is my Top Ten:
- The second you walk into the pool area, you smell chlorine, AND. YOU. LOVE. IT.
- You watch every single race, every single day of The Summer Olympic swimming competition.
- You found a way to swim during COVID-19, even if you had to swim in a horseshoe-shape in your backyard pool (without touching the ends) or in cold, weedy, open water.
- You see cute blond-haired children with the “shimmer” and “the green tint” in their hair and know they are swimming competitively – someplace – and you’re jealous.
- When you meet someone who was a former competitive swimmer, you talk for 5 minutes, and then you both agree you’re practically family.
- You shudder when people can’t recognize names like Matt Biondi, Janet Evans, Mark Spitz, Dara Torres, Michael Phelps or Katie Ledecky.
- You teach children (and adults) that the term is “Freestyle” and not “The Crawl.”
- It’s a sad day when you start to “see through” your favorite practice swimsuit (usually in the butt!) and hope you can order the same, exact one online.
- You refuse to accept your “New Normal” which basically means you use your college-best 100 Free time as a baseline in a Masters meet – even though that was 40 years ago.
- Swimming a 25 yard Fly…in the middle of a workout…because you can.