This summer, while some people might have been in their bed watching Netflix, I was in the pool training for my biggest meet schedule ever. Needless to say, my summer consisted of swimming, napping, and eating.
As you might know, I swim for Park City Swimming. Our schedule over the summer was pretty demanding. We had morning practice every Monday-Saturday and afternoon practice every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Before some people probably woke up, I had already gone through an entire workout. Each of these practices consisted of a half hour of dryland and a hour and a half in the pool. If you do the math, that adds up to eighteen hours a week. That’s a lot of swimming!
Now, you may ask, what did I do in my minimal free time? Well, when I got home from morning practice I usually crashed on the couch for my power nap. Then, when I woke up I would have lunch, maybe watch some Dance Moms, and get ready for the next practice. And that repeated itself, day after day.
All of this training paid off in the end though. I got best times all around and learned so much. Even though I went to multiple meets over the summer, the most important were JO’s and Zones. At JO’s (State) this summer, our three relays smashed all of the state records. My entire relay team was super pleased with the results, but the important part was that each of us gave our very best.
|Me right before an important race at JO's|
Photo Courtesy of: Kara Senn
Then came Zones, a meet that a select team from Utah, flew to Federal Way, Washington to represent our state. I met a lot of new people and coaches and got five personal bests. Zones was probably one of the best experiences I have ever had. I can’t wait to go again next year!
Overall, my summer was the best summer I have ever had. Now with school starting back up again, and the new season beginning, it is the perfect time to get a fresh start and get back into the swing of things!
In my future blog posts, I’ll bring you the scoop on JO’s and Zones, a little bit more about my team, as well as a few must haves for your closet. Thanks! See you next time!