Swimming on All Cylinders. It’s a 6.

On your mark…Set…” tensing, my perfectly primed body, a piston, waiting to explode out and away from its crouched position hanging onto the side of the pool like a barnacle to the hull of a boat at the sound of the start command.

Everything was riding on this, the 4 x 100-meter medley relay, and every single one of my teammates had been trying not to freak out. The visiting team had some exceptionally strong swimmers; lucky for us 1 or 2 of them were a little off their times today. Tied for 1st place, this would be the deciding event.

Backstroke was second in the relay, requiring precise synchronization of muscle and movement, it was my strongest swimming style; the irony never lost on me that while it was the most complex style to effectively execute, it was the only style performed “blind” as swimmers propel themselves towards a destination they will only know they’ve reached when they feel it.

Salted ocean waters or 660,253.09 gallons of chlorinated water, this was my element, flesh and blood buoyant, an amalgamation of mystic proportions, I closed my eyes; the whistle sounded..

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16 thoughts on “Swimming on All Cylinders. It’s a 6.

  1. messymimi's meanderings March 28, 2019 / 8:10 pm

    It’s been years, and we didn’t race other teams, just each other at swim lessons to get better and faster, but i remember the tension of waiting for that signal. Well told!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge March 28, 2019 / 9:04 pm

      The waiting was always the most excruciating part, lol.


  2. Ennle Madresan March 28, 2019 / 8:45 pm

    I salute you–swimming is not my forte 🙂

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      • Ennle Madresan March 28, 2019 / 10:02 pm

        That’s a wonderful thing 🙂 I’m not athletic on land or sea 🙂


        • GirlieOnTheEdge March 28, 2019 / 11:45 pm

          It is. I’ve always been thankful my mom made sure I knew how to swim from such a young age.
          Nowadays, I’d settle for floating on a raft in a pool or or at the beach. No athleticism needed for that and I guarantee it to be quite relaxing 🙂


          • Ennle Madresan March 29, 2019 / 12:21 am

            Floating on a raft DOES sound nice! 🙂

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  3. Violet Lentz March 28, 2019 / 10:33 pm

    Brilliant six! I grew up with a pool, but never really swam, we just played in it. This was invigorating..

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  4. clark March 29, 2019 / 7:26 am

    how much fun was that…not.
    (did not enjoy the swimming competition… being a clark it was a double risk: lose and confirm sub-standard-hood, win and suffer scrutiny)

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  5. GirlieOnTheEdge March 29, 2019 / 1:37 pm

    While I can identify to a degree, being a competitive sort, I often enjoyed the adrenalin swirling around at the meets. Practices? Now that’s another story, lol


  6. UP March 31, 2019 / 8:24 am

    I loved swimming at the gym but the chlorine triggered my headaches and I had to get outta the pool. Good six

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge March 31, 2019 / 9:15 am

      That must have really sucked. Headaches are the worst. Yeah, there’s a particular odor at indoor pools, chlorine & sweat. Can be a bit overwhelming.
      Thanks 🙂


    • GirlieOnTheEdge March 31, 2019 / 8:28 pm

      I loved all of it except swimming the butterfly! So could not get a good rhythm 🙂


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