The conversations allowed for by the limited free time shown on the interval clock are always limited. A lot of the time when you get the urge to update a teammate on something, you’ve only got a few seconds before you both have to push off the wall again. Sometimes you are able to chat in-between sets or while the coach writes the next workout on the displayed whiteboard, but even that only gives so much window for conversation.

During any given set, you are stopped at the wall for just seconds at a time, meaning you break down the things you have to say and are often throwing out a, “hang on” before pushing off again. Sometimes my lane mates and I actually entertain ourselves during our rest time by playing “would you rather” or telling each other fun facts (the best one yet being that the man who invented the frisbee eventually died, was cremated, and made into *wait for it* a frisbee).

These are outlets we have found to perfectly fill the slot of ten to 15 seconds we have above water and sometimes points made in these times live on to be memories talked about outside of the pool long after practice ends.

JESSI NICHOLS  is a member of the Illinois State swim team and is a blogger fot The Vidette. She can be contacted at jmnich1@ilstu.edu Follower her on Twitter at @jaynics2 

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