I thought of how weird it is that in this moment, right now, there is basically nothing that seperates me and someone else. Say they're just as strong as me, and we're both just sitting there. But I could probably swim a lot faster. I don't even know why.
Strength is a big part, but it's not all of it. Nor is technique.
A lot of swimming seems to be in just knowing how to efficiently move yourself through the water.
For example, during winter break, there was no swim practice. But, a lucky 6 from the team got to go on down to Stanwood, since our pool was closed, 3 times a week. I went, and there was like a lifeguard guy there. Yeah, he looked like a strong guy, but I didn't know he was a swimmer. Then he gets in, and woah, he's buff! And fast too.
I didin't even know how fast, until a recent meet. I was remarking on how there was someone that had a 25.42 on their 50 breast (VERY fast). One of the guys from my team was like, "yeah, that's Garren, he's fast. He went to Olympic Trials." I was all surprised. That was the lifeguard guy, at Stanwood. When we were out of the pool, you couldn't tell how fast he was. I underestimated him. You could tell he was probably pretty strong, and in good shape too, but it still surprises me he was that fast.
He's like a ninja disguised as a peasant. He just appears ok, then he gets in the water and WOAH.
I guess I'll also take this oppurtunity to talk about something. One of the PLETHORA of reasons I swim is that all the guys at meets are in really good shape. No fat guys there. I never liked huge muscles. Strong is good, but to a practical point.
That's what I usually say, it's usually attractive, when you're just doing it for a sport, or something. When you get into body building, just getting muscle for muscle's sake, that just gets plain nasty. Also, it's not good to have too big of muscles.