It was three hours, twice a day, six days a week - staring down a black line at the bottom of the pool. That was the amount of time I spent training for a race that took only about two minutes.
The question I am often asked is: "What makes you wake up at 4.30 in the morning to jump into ice cold water for two hours, go to school or work and then do it again later in the day?" Not only is the schedule gruelling, some think it can drive you mad because you cannot talk to anyone when you are mostly submerged underwater. I beg to differ. Swimming may be an individual sport but it is not a lonely sport.