Swimmer gets back into daily routine

David Dierks

After the first full week of starting swimming back up from our month-long break, I can say it is difficult finding myself back into the routine. 

As we do get to start practice 30 minutes later, my days still begin early. I wake up around 5:15-5:30 a.m. rather than 4:45-5 a.m. last year. 

After forcing myself out of bed and shoving a change of clothes in my backpack for after weights and swimming, I get in my car and drive to NC to meet up with the team and walk to the weights room. We have an hour of lifting and then we change into our suits to have an hour long swim. 

The swim hasn’t been the hardest yet as we are all just getting back into shape and working on technique, focusing more on our underwater kicks. 

After our two hour practice, we go to the locker room to shower and get ready for school. We have our breakfast, and when the first bell rings is when I leave the locker room to start the long school day. 

After school I drive home to grab a quick snack as I have early release, just enough time to go home before my second practice. After my short time at home, I come back to NC for my next practice. 

On Tuesdays and Thursdays we run at the start of practice to get back in shape and to get our bodies moving before we hit the water to do technique work. The start of the season is the best time for technique. 

After my long day I go home and have a big dinner before I begin my homework, which usually takes up the rest of my night depending on how much I have. Finally, I go to bed to sleep in as morning practice is three days a week. I repeat this schedule the entire week.