For many, the sport teaches much more than discipline and grace of movement in the water. It leaves the individual with a distinct creed, one which facilitates the maneuver through the obstacles of life.
Although I normally coach from deck, I jump at the chance to swim when I can. Being in the pool with my athletes, I feel like that 8 year old in Minnesota again, enjoying every moment of being in the water. From underwater I have a different perspective to help best critique and advise my swimmers.
The split second when it’s quiet everything comes together, your practice, your support, and your passion. The start of the race marks that push, the sheer amount of energy being exerted is astronomical.