I was struck when reading about young Washington swimmer, Emma Schanz, and how she trains in a hotel pool for half of her practices. Yes, a regular old hotel pool is where this girl throws down some wicked sets in preparation for swimming at UCLA next season.
I tried to imagine myself trying to tackle sets of 50s, 100s and 200s in a 20y (most likely) small rectangle with no lane lines and probably plagued with a high water temperature.
I am blessed to be able to swim at one of the largest non-collegiate pools in the Cincinnati area and, through Emma, I am reminded that it is very important to keep the very foundation of your swimming in check. Meaning, it's easy to get wrapped up in the latest equipment, the latest swimming technology, and thinking you need the best surroundings to make the best swims happen. In reality, however, as long as you stay true to your swimming fundamentals, maintaining your key swimming basics strong, then it doesn't matter where you practice or what surroundings you have. YOU, the swimmer, make the big swims happen, whether that's in a meet, or in a practice at a hotel pool.