Swimmers are a rare breed. They have the willpower to wake up before the sun rises to jump into a cold pool, and still conquer a day filled with school, work, and probably another round of practice. You’ve probably been around a swimmer (or smelled one), even if you didn’t realize it. How can you identify a swimmer if you aren’t sure? Here are 10 ways that you can easily spot a swimmer:
This is usually a good indicator that you’re in the presence of a swimmer. In fact, if you’re with a female, odds are her hair is in something called a “swimmer bun” (the original, though less-fashionable, version of a “top-knot”).
After wearing goggles for two hours straight, it’s hard to not have red rings around your eyes. Being a swimmer is really the only good excuse for having permanent red marks around your eyes; so if you are with someone who has red marks around their eyes and you know they aren’t a swimmer, start asking questions.
Although swimmers are often immune to smelling it themselves, they carry the scent of the pool with them wherever they go. It’s hard to wash away the smell of chlorine, so swimmers have accepted it, dubbing it their “perfume/cologne”.
Swimmers love to eat. After all the yards they swim during practice, they have to replenish the calories burned somehow! If you are with a swimmer, they are most likely making food, eating food, or talking about food.
All that time in the pool leaves swimmers’ skin dried out, so don’t be surprised if they beg you for some lotion.
Early to bed.
Swimmers are notorious for their love of sleep. But who can blame them? Those 5 A.M. wake up calls aren’t easy, but a good night’s rest makes it doable. If you text a swimmer past 10 P.M., you probably won’t get a response back, as their already asleep. But don’t worry, they’ll text you back at 4:50 A.M. when they wake up for practice.
As mentioned previously, swimmers are early risers. So when you see them at 8 A.M. and wonder how they’re already so awake when you just woke up, remember that they’ve been awake for three hours already.
Swimmers commit to their sport. They know what it means to set goals and do what it takes to accomplish them; whether that means turning down junk food, never skipping a practice, or choosing to stay in on the weekends to catch up on sleep.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a grade on a math test, a game of kickball in gym class, or times in the pool, swimmers want to win. Competitiveness is second nature to them, and they hate to lose. So be warned, there’s no such thing as a friendly game of “Go Fish” when you play with a swimmer.
“I can’t, I have practice”.
And finally, if you know a swimmer, you’ve probably heard this phrase from them many times. Don’t be offended when they turn down Friday night plans, they really do wish they could be there, but as stated in number 8, they’re committed to reaching their goals.
If you know someone who fits the majority of these traits, you probably know a swimmer. And if they’re not a swimmer, maybe they should be!