Anonymous: So I just found your blog, and I noticed that fly is one of your best strokes? It's mine as well, but there's always room for improvement. I'm aiming to get my varsity letter in swim this year, so do you have any advice for flyers? Such as how to not tire out so quickly, what to focus on during the event, etc. thanks :) 

Breathe every two. Honest to god it makes it so much easier. Also keep your head close to the water when you breath (which will help keep your hips up) and when you race, focus on your kick :)

Anonymous: I just saw that you hate the 500! I totally understand that it went from hate to love for me which is weird cause my best events are the 50 and the 500 free.. 

Well I guess I like the 500 a whole lot more than I like the mile :)

Anonymous: story: i was a competitive swimmer from ages 9-11 , and then i got burned out. i was pretty good for my age. now i'm a freshman in highschool and i just got back on a club team and made my schools JV team. (jv is the worst team at my school) and in practice, i've been passing some varsity freshmen during sprints , and i can feel myself getting better. i'm upset though because i still haven't broken 30 on my 50 free which is making me mad because it's like the easiest . blah any tips? 

Hey, you said that you just got back to swimming so it may take a little to get back into it. You even said that you can feel yourself improving! Don’t worry about the fact you can’t break 30 right now because, as you said, you feel yourself getting better. You’ll break that 30 in no time :)

melody-rhapsody: Ok so I've been swimming on my school's team and the only strokes I can do where I actually move are backstroke (my primary one) and freestyle (my secondary stroke) any tips for learning breaststroke and butterfly? (This is before season btw) 

In breaststroke and butterfly timing is so so so important. In fly, try to keep your body up and swim close to the water, and in breaststroke, technique is extremely important - you want to stay high in the water so you almost are moving on the surface. Get a coach or something to critique you on them.

jerb032: I started swimming last winter, and barely made it to state as an alternate for a relay. I liked swimming so much I swam for a club in spring and summer. My technique and strokes have gotten a lot better and I swam first interval, but my times haven't gotten that much better. Am I doing something wrong? 

That’s really good that you even were an alternate on a relay at state!!! And improving time in swimming is not at all linear or anything. So many things contribute to it, and even if you aren’t dropping huge amounts right now, by improving your technique you have allowed yourself to drop a lot in the future (which you will get by a lot of hard work and training) so don’t feel despaired!! If you keep working, you will get there!

studying-feminism-at-uni: So I'd been swimming on a club team for 8 years and this will be my second year on a high school team. I realized last year that my club team coach was sucking the life out of me and the fun out of swimming so at the beginning of the summer, I made the very difficult choice to quit my club team. After being out of the water for months, I now feel very sluggish and out of shape, but I won't be back in the water until November. Any ideas for what I can do to get myself back into shape on land? xx 

Well the only way to really get back into swimming is by swimming, but if you really can’t, just running to keep you in shape and core and shoulder exercises (because my core and shoulders always hurt so much when I try to get back into swimming after my off season of 2 weeks)

debusya: hey! i love your blog!! anyway so i swim the 500 free and i just wanted to say that i love your post about having the nightmare of swimming that event. trust me, it's a pain in the ass. 

I hate the 500. But then again I hate everything over a 25

*finishes swim race*
*cools down a 50*
*talks to friends for 10 minutes while floating at the wall*
*cools down another 50*

Coach: Did you do a 500 cool down.

Me: yes.

armyofswimmers: Your blog is literally perfection!!!!! Love it so much! I've reblogged like every one of your posts and your answers are sooo helpful! 

Aw thank you so much!!!!! :) that honestly makes me soo happy. I’ll definitely get to posting more again it’s just I have no time right now with school and everything

Anonymous: So I'm 15 and I just joined my high school swim team and I feel terrible because everyone else has been swimming for years and years and my times are really bad :( do you have any advice on how to be faster? 

Don’t feel bad!! Honestly swimming is way more about enjoying yourself than being fast!! Just go to practice regularly, focus while you’re there, and your times will drop :). But really times aren’t everything so don’t worry too much about it!! :)

the-soulfire-ranch: I've only swam competitively for 3 going on 4 years and Im a high school swimmer. one of the mothers of our best swimmers came up to me one day and said I have a lot of potential to swim distance and that I should invest in full-year training to better myself. I've always loved the water and everything about competitive swimming cause it gives purpose but I feel like if I commit to full year training I'd feel like I'd be selling my soul and forced to make big sacrifices. Should I take that risk? 

Do it!!!! Yes you will be making sacrifices and yes you will be pretty much selling your soul, and you will end up with a love/hate relationship with it, but honestly it will be so worth it. You really seem to enjoy swimming and competing, so I don’t really see why you wouldn’t go year round, and it also really just gives structure to your life and a goal to pursue throughout the year. Really just try it because if you don’t you might end up regretting not even giving it a chance

Anonymous: Any advice for getting back after not being able to practice for a month? (Sorry if this has been asked before!) 

Going to practice after taking a long break is literally the worst. It’s going to be pretty sucky at first but once you get back into the swing of things it’ll be fine. Really after a few days you feel so much better so just continue going to practice

Anonymous: Hey! I'm having problems with my butterfly. It seems like I can't get the dive deep enough and instead of flinging my arms around with the momentum, I end up having to pull them around. As you can imagine, this wears me out a lot faster than it should and slows down my times. Any tips are appreciated greatly. 

Well the most important thing in fly (which will help you be able to bring your arms over the surface effortlessly) is actually staying high and flat in the water and keeping your hips up and head pretty low. Otherwise both your body and arms will end up dragging through the water.

Anonymous: so my swim friend has been on the team a while but has never really cared until this year. she never bothered me since I didn't know she was that fast. now she's faster than me in my best event and it bums me out and I don't want to be that sort if person but, when did she decide to care. what do I do? 

I totally understand how you feel and trust me it happens to everyone. Just remember that swimming is an individual sport and you swim for yourself, and whatever times she is doing doesn’t affect you at all. I know it’s still a bit annoying but honestly, just being happy when they do well will make you feel a lot better :)

Anonymous: How many followers do you have? 

About 2,000