Let’s be honest, waking up for swim practice isn’t always easy, but it certainly helps knowing you have awesome teammates waking up to meet you at the pool. Without teammates, practices would not only be 99.9% boring, they would also be less challenging. It’s easy to take good teammates for granted, but here are four things you should always thank them for:
1. For encouraging you.
When practices get tough and you’re running out of motivation, a good teammate will always be there to push you and remind you of your goals. After a bad swim, they’re the ones who pat you on the back and tell you that you’ll get it next time. During the practices where you would rather be any place but the pool, teammates are usually the ones who help you make the most of your time. Plus, teammates always know how to get you pumped up before you race. Whether they give you a long pep talk or a simple thumbs-up, you can count on a teammate to build your confidence and get you excited to race.
2. For challenging you.
At the end of the season, you’ll always be happy your teammate pushed you to practice a little harder. Being competitive at practice and challenging your teammates will help you get the most out of every single set. Don’t forget to thank your teammates for holding you accountable and reminding you that skipping that butterfly set for a “bathroom break” is only going to hurt you in the long run.
3. For being not only a friend, but family.
After swimming with the same people 6 days a week, you get to know them pretty well. Teammates know almost everything about you: your favorite food, your pet peeves (and they will probably use them against you), your most embarrassing moment, even your most recent crush. At some point, you begin to consider your teammates part of your family. In fact, you shouldn’t be surprised when they show up to your house, open the fridge, and make themselves a snack without your permission.
4. For making practice fun.
Early mornings, cold pools and butterfly don’t make the best combination, but your teammates are there to make you laugh while you work hard. The saying “time flies when you’re having fun” is always true at swim practice. If you’re laughing and smiling, practice isn’t so bad after all.