The relation between swimmers and not-swimmers is quite “difficult”. I’m sure that each one of you had to answer, at least once in a lifetime, to those annoying questions made by not – swimmers. Here we have some of these!
IT’S BORING, ISN’T IT?
Do you really enjoy going back and forth from a wall? Swimming is not a dynamic sport like football, volleyball or basketball. This is why not -swimmers find it annoying and repetitive. Actually, it is different: the hours we spend in the water following that blackline on the bottom of the pool are the loveliest of our week. Swimming is everything but boring.
YOU HAD A COMPETITION YESTERDAY, HADN’T YOU? DID YOU WIN?
From not- swimmers’ point of view there are two possibilities: you can be either a winner or a loser, nothing in between. Indeed, there are a lot of ways to win a competition, which are not always winning a gold medal. You could make your Personal Best, you could make your best time of the season or you could win your heat. So, is better if you ask: “how was your race?”
ARE YOU COMING FOR A RIDE?
Tomorrow, will you have a pizza with us? Are you coming for a coffee with me? Will you come to the disco on Saturday night?– “I’m sorry, I can’t. I’ve my training.” or “I’m sorry, I will have a race tomorrow!”. It always goes like this! Swimming necessarily implies sacrifices and self-denials, but it is full of satisfactions.
DON’T THE HAIR BE RUINED TO KEEP ON WASHING THEM?
It is not irritating to always be bathed? Actually, it depends on the type of the hair. Chlorine can lighten dyed hair or it can turn weak hair in frizzy. In general, you only have to use cautions in order to avoid your hair gets spoiled. For example, you can use a neuter Ph shampoo when you finish your training or you can wear your cap when your hair is still dry. At the end, being damp is not galling: the water of the swimming pool is like to be our second skin.
DO YOU KNOW FEDERICA PELLEGRINI?
Federica Pellegrini is the most famous Italian swimmer and we are grateful for the enormous visibility she gave to our sport! Anyway, Federica Pellegrini does not come to meet us in our swimming pools, she does not come to our society meetings or she does not take part to our races. A standard swimmer do not personally know Federica Pellegrini, as other athletes do not personally know the biggest champions of their sports.
DO YOU STILL SWIM?
Yes, we do! We never stop swimming. We always swim, on winter, on autumn, on spring and even on summer. We have no breaks or vacations. Swimming is always there, is a part of our lives and we can’t stop!
HOW CAN YOU BEAR CHLORINE SMELL?
Chlorine smell is not irritating. Indeed, we love it! It’s our perfume. Don’t ask to a swimmer how it is possible he is able to tolerate it. Actually, he is drugged of it (based on an idea of swimswam)