How I think it’s going to look:
How it actually looks:
I was thinking that this is the perfect opportunity to learn how to do the butterfly stroke—my parents have a backyard pool that’s pretty short, so I don’t have to worry about embarrassing myself/drowning halfway across the gym pool. So I gave it a shot yesterday… and it was ugly. And painful. But mostly ugly.
Then a few hours later I saw Bob Bowman post on Twitter that he was accepting applications for swimmers to join his Baltimore Swim Club’s Rio 2016 preparation program. I mentally drafted my email: “I know three out of four strokes and specialize in swimming many lengths of the pool without getting my hair wet.” Semi-related fun fact: Yannick Agnel got in touch with Bowman about training with him through a Twitter DM.