When I watch olympic swimmers, with my untutored eye, they all look pretty much the same to me. Their training has perhaps ironed out a lot of the quirky individual stylistic differences. Yet this is precisely what I find fascinating when I go to early bird swimming. The swimmers do their lengths and each one has his or her own individual style. After a while you can recognise them just as you would recognise who somebody at a distance by merely looking at their gait! Here is part of one of the verses dealing with this:
Up and down the lanes the people go,The chorus refers to the fact that swimming lengths can become almost meditative after a while, providing that the pool is not too crowded. And I do believe that it calms you down, ahead of a busy day. At first I often think about what is going on in my world at that time, and what I have to do that day. But after a while, these thoughts slide away and then there is just the swimming and the breathing. Mildly therapeutic, one might say.
Some are fast and some are very slow.
Breast stroke ladies, hair kept dry
Glide like swans, their heads held high