Friday, August 22, 2014

Swim Suits and Swim Meets

When I saw the Words for Wednesday prompt for this week, an idea for a paragraph immediately formed in my mind. Not really a story, but a fictitious account of how I think a swimmer might feel before a race. I am not a competitive swimmer, but I have been the parent of one for more than a dozen years. By osmosis, the sport has sort of crept into my pores.

Blue sky over an outdoor swim meet
The following paragraph is not a remembered event; it is my cumulative observation of swimmers I have watched prepare for their races, in the many years since I became a swim mom.
She left the shady spot where she had been resting, and walked behind the timers. Watching the swimmers in the pool, she removed her headphones and took off her shorts.  Her racing suit was made by Speedo. Fortunately, she had always liked their kneeskin suits; to not wear their brand would be an infraction of the sponsorship rules in the contract her team had signed. 
Lane 4 had just come in.  The field was spread wide; it would probably be another 30 seconds before the last swimmers of the heat before hers completed their mile swim.  She propped a leg on the diving block and stretched, trying to get in her "zone" by pushing away other thoughts and just concentrating on the race ahead of her.
Although this was just an Age-Group Classic meet, she had been feeling nervous. She really was hoping for a swimming scholarship, and she knew the coach from her first choice of colleges was on deck. She needed to swim an impressive race.
The whistle blew.  She mounted the block, took her mark, and dove in.  The water enveloped her. Like precious cargo stored in her memory, her mind was packed with gratitude for everyone who had supported her dreams - and with the ambition of her goals.
These thoughts fueled her kicks, as she swam - lap after lap after lap.


This week's Words for Wednesday prompt included the following words:
enveloped, shady, classic, speedo, infraction, cargo

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10 comments :

  1. Great post Susan! I can tell how many swim meets you've been to! I've never been much of a swimmer, but I felt like one reading your story. The pool in your picture looks so inviting too!

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    1. The photo was taken at a July meet - the weather was hot enough all the spectators were wishing they were in the pool! I thought you might be able to relate to these thoughts, Lana!

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  2. Great job Susan. I have no idea what I would have written about with those words but you made it seem natural and spontaneous! And yes, I agree with Lana that the photo is PERFECT!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I appreciate the compliment!

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  3. Great story! I've always liked swimming, but never competitively.

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    1. There was not a swim team where I grew up - when my daughter became a member of a team, it was like entering into a whole new world for me!

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  4. A great story. And it is a timely reminder that I need to go back to swimming. Not competitively, but swimming is an almost meditative thing for me. Lap after lap, focussing on the black line and letting my mind drift.

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    1. Unfortunately, when I do laps my mind is not drifting - just focusing intently on getting from one wall of the pool to the other!

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  5. Nice...that does sound like you really understand what goes on in the racers head.

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    1. Not completely, of course, but I have known a lot of swimmers very dedicated to their sport!

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