I mentioned sleep in my last post. Swimmers are sleeping machines. Our friends son has been known to fall asleep in the car and even at restaurants on the way home from meets and practice.
Our Wednesday night meets are prone to going late in the night. The flyers get to hit the deck around 10 PM most weeks. Last summer little Sophie was sitting in a chair waiting for the clerk of course to come get her. I went to wish her luck and found her legs crossed, elbow propped on knee, fisted hand to temple – sound asleep. I gently woke her up and said “baby you have to swim”. She dove in, swam across the pool – we grabbed our bag and went home. Hey, she got a best time, who is to say her 90 second nap wasn’t just what she needed.
The sleep part of swimming is great. It is the eat part that is hard to keep up with.