The first time?
My older brother was on a YMCA swim team and by nature I had to do everything my brother did. (Yes, I was that kind of younger brother). Then when I won some ribbons and medals... I was hooked. Stuck with year round competition until I went to college. I was lucky in that each time we moved, we ended up in a more competitive area... which pushed me to keep improving.
This time, it's to get back into shape and complete a sprint triathlon that's gotten me back in the water. Though I'm overweight and have nowhere near the athletic ability I had in high school, I'm suprised how much of the stroke is still there. I guess 12-13 years of year round swimming technique doesn't disapear in a decade and a half.
I really love to swim, but i am not expert.
I was inspired by those swimmers that i saw during international games like the Olympics.
Michael Phelps is one of them. I hope someday i wil meet him and i hope the time will come that i will be an expert swimmer.