We the swimming nation in order to live a more perfect life believe in the power of a pre-dawn workout. We yearn for the deep inner peace that the solitude of water brings. We believe in goggle marks, dry skin and webbed feet. We wear chlorine as perfume, and have sacrificed our hair. We consider the body in the next lane to be our closest friend and fiercest rival. We count by 25. We live and die in each hundredth of each second. We shave more than seconds. We don’t need air. We trust that the long black line will bring us home. This is the swim life.