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isobel
May 9th, 2010, 12:40 AM
Not sure if this belongs in swim-related or non-swim-related, but I'll try here first.

Anyone want to share swim meet dreams with me? Actual dreams about swim meets? I think it would make a funny article and might cull your dreams and write about them for our newsletter.

I'll start off with mine.

I'm swimming the 500 free, SCY. There is no water in the pool. I'm pulling myself along the bottom, which is a blue vinyl I can grab hold of. It's disconcerting, but I keep pulling. I am stymied by the wall, however. How on earth do I do a flip turn without any water? I lose time. I am aware I am losing time. I decide to do open turns.

I finish and win. My time: 5:13. (In real life, my best time is 7:07, I think.)

I ask my coach (from childhood) if this is a common experience, to swim a race and not feel that there is any water in the pool, even though there is. He says for women it is a common experience, but for men it is not.

OK. Any weird-o-la swim dreams from Forumland you'd like to share?

:bed:

Allen Stark
May 9th, 2010, 01:02 AM
I have dreamed of swimming in pools without water,pools full of sand,and pools full of weeds.My most common meet dreams are either I realize I didn't shave or I've locked my suit in a locker and I can't find the locker.

slknight
May 9th, 2010, 08:30 AM
I have them frequently. Some people have dreams where they are at school and haven't studied for an exam; I have dreams where I am at swim-meets and haven't trained. :D

I can't remember specific ones because I honestly have them often. I usually haven't trained, don't have the right suit, can't find my goggles, etc. You get the theme. :cool:

spell_me
May 9th, 2010, 09:04 AM
I have swim meet dreams all the time. Though every so often I have the classic can't-find-my-swimsuit-before-the-race type dream, or a dream where I'm waiting and waiting for my race and it never comes up, usually I have dreams of swim meets where the roles of "coach", "starter", "stroke judge", "team mates" "other competitors" and sometimes even "bull pen mother" are cast from a strange assortment of people from the history of my life and from other random people (unremembered acquaintances, celebrities, etc) who end up in my subconscious. The people who turn up at these meets is always amazing. Although I almost always swim at least one race, usually the actual race-swimming part is not the most important thing in the dream, it's the meet itself. Or, the race will be important while I'm swimming it, but when it's over and I notice my (actually deceased) father getting out of another lane, or my coach as played by the supermarket checkout clerk or Hillary Clinton or my boss from a job I had 20 years ago comes over to talk to me, the swimming no longer seems important.

geochuck
May 9th, 2010, 09:20 AM
Most of my swim meet dreams were really not dreams, they were nightmares. One of my most frequent - swimming through thin ice. Hitting the ice with my hands to break it. I guess that is the reason I like my Margaritas with crushed ice.

Couroboros
May 9th, 2010, 02:25 PM
To date, I have had 85 dreams about swim meets. That is not an approximation. That is an actual count. I have had numerous more about pools and swimming, in general. In the two months leading up to my big meet two weeks ago, I started having swimming dreams every night and there was usually one that took place at a meet.

My favorite involves me swimming in a long-course meet at the Santa Clara pool. It's a big meet. Lots of big names competing. I was swimming in a backstroke final and I took #1. That was when I realized I had just started swimming a year ago (from the point I had this particular dream)... I realized that I couldn't possibly have gotten as fast as quickly as that. So in my second race of the dream- a prelim, probably- I went really slow and my time brought me nowhere near close to qualifying for the final. The dream took a more nightmarish turn, so why is it my favorite? Well, I did still win a backstroke race against big names, and for once in a dream, the meaning was very clear-cut. I was No. 1 when I wasn't self-conscious, when I didn't have the rationale of being a latebloomer to talk myself into swimming slow.

My second favorite actually happened last week. It was a prestigious short-course meet and I took second in the breaststroke final- second in the stroke I have come to hate! The best part of the dream was this breakthrough in technique I seemed to be having with breaststroke. I would make the subtlest move with my legs and hands, and all of a sudden, I could glide so far. I tried to replicate the motions in practice the next day, but didn't really notice any difference.

My least favorite involves a meet that I thought was in San Francisco for some reason. I was walking around the pool deck doing stuff when the head coach of my team and my dad both started querying me, "Are you Michael Phelps? Are you Michael Phelps? Are you Michael Phelps?" and on and on and on... It was an annoying dream.

want2beafish
May 9th, 2010, 03:41 PM
I ask my coach (from childhood) if this is a common experience, to swim a race and not feel that there is any water in the pool, even though there is. He says for women it is a common experience, but for men it is not.

That's really interesting! I wonder why the difference.

I've had a couple of recurring swim dreams, but as of yet nothing related to a meet. One of them involves a variation of the "no water in the pool" theme. My version is that there is water in the pool, but for some reason the surface tension of the water is similar to that of a pool cover. I'm trying to swim freestyle and am on top of the water as usual, but I'm unable to pierce the water with my hands and therefore can't grab the water to pull myself forward very efficiently. I end up more or less crawling on the surface, which is very tiring!

Another one involves me not being able to find a pool for swim practice, which must subconsciously stress me out. However, somehow I have the ability to "swim" in the air. The only problem I seem to have in this dream is finding a safe spot on the wall where I can place my feet for a flip turn! That one is a bizarre one.

The other swim dream I remember is one in which I'm very late for practice and can't find any lane space. I end up having to get in with a bunch of noodlers, which is quite frustrating. The funny thing is that this never has happened to me, as I swim in a large facility with a coached practice. I must be lurking and reading this forum too much. :)

jmkregor
May 9th, 2010, 09:31 PM
My dream--swim meet, 400 IM, vertical pool, with no water in it. I'm doing the fly straight uphill on the concrete. I keep trying....:)

Jimbosback
May 9th, 2010, 10:45 PM
I have one that I used to have while swimming in high school. I had it again a couple of weeks ago before my first meet.

I am in a butterfly race. I am feeling good, going really fast and winning. I get within about 10 yards of the finish and I stop making progress. My timers lean over in waiting, and after a few seconds start rolling their eyes. I am still feeling good, in a rhythm, my arms still strong, but no forward progress. Then, one by one, each swimmer passes me. My timers keep rolling their eyes. I still feel like I am cruising, but I am not getting anywhere. I watch as each swimmer climbs out, shakes hands, high fives, etc., and my timers are now really annoyed. I keep swimming in place as everyone else leaves the pool, still feeling like I'm having a great swim. Then the dream ends. :confused:

__steve__
May 10th, 2010, 10:26 AM
The only swimming related dreams I have are open water ones, where I swim effortlessly through really cool places at impossible speeds.

Lump
May 10th, 2010, 06:18 PM
I dreamt a couple years ago (and it woke me up) that I was in a big swim meet (like Olympic Trials) and I was on the blocks looking like I did at the time of the dream (about 255 lbs and not swimming at all). I was panicking about not being prepared and how embarassed I was, etc.

I just started back swimming after that and here I am now getting ready for my first Masters Nationals and I haven't left much to chance. I AM prepared this time for the real life scenario! :D

osterber
May 11th, 2010, 11:55 AM
I have dreams about swim meets... but they don't involve me swimming. They involve me being in the timing booth, and something going wrong electronically.

-Rick

craig68
May 11th, 2010, 12:11 PM
I have the same dream as Lump. Middle-aged and unprepared, and swimming at a huge meet with my old USA or college team. And then of course I forget to shave down or don't have my tech suit. Everything in the world goes wrong. Like my performance wasn't going to be bad enough already!

Only once I have I had a dream where I'm still this middle aged dude, but I swim GREAT at the meet, even best times, to my delighted surprise.

I haven't kept track of what's going on in my life at the time, but I'm sure these dreams reflect how we are feeling about our careers, home life, etc. at the time.

nkfrench
May 11th, 2010, 02:36 PM
I have dreams about swim meets... but they don't involve me swimming. They involve me being in the timing booth, and something going wrong electronically.

-Rick
Yeah, and then you pinch yourself to see if it's real and find out that it wasn't a dream, you're already awake and it is really happening.


My swim dreams are usually variations on these themes:
* The pool is almost empty or totally dry; and instead of real swimming I'll get on my stomach and gator across on elbows/knees. Or a leapfrog. Sometimes I will set a new world's record, 9 seconds for a 50m free or similar.
* I have somehow perfected my kick so I can run across the water surface without sinking. More freestyle world records!
* I am able to fly through the air and propel myself using something similar to butterfly or breaststroke arms + dolphin kick. But it's just transient and I can't stay "in the zone" where I can do it for very long. It's not tiring, but it requires exceptional "feel" and finesse.
* I am able to "breathe" underwater through very relaxed, slow, controlled respiration of water. Sometimes I don't even have to use the lungs, I get oxygen from the water molecules next to my skin.

__steve__
May 11th, 2010, 04:58 PM
* I am able to "breathe" underwater through very relaxed, slow, controlled respiration of water. Sometimes I don't even have to use the lungs, I get oxygen from the water molecules next to my skin.
I had a dream similar to this even before I was a swimmer (not too long ago). Probably linked to an accident I had as a kid, but it involves drowning then aspirating the water with just enough success to survive underwater long enough to... wake up