Allison Schmitt: Pro Athlete – And Pro Napper

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Swim, sleep, repeat. We swim from 7 to 8:45 a.m., then do dry-land exercises or weights from 9 to 10. I go home and eat a big breakfast, take a three-hour nap, have a snack for lunch and head back for practice number two.

The not-so-rigorous part. After the second practice, I come back home, lie around until I’m hungry, have dinner, then lie around some more. Pretty glamorous, huh? You may not have known that being a pro athlete comes with the title “professional napper,” as well. Sleeping seems to be a huge part of my day because it’s the quickest way for me to try and recover fast enough for the next practice. I’m lucky I can sleep anywhere — I have slept on a bench at an amusement park when necessary!

(A video from back in 2012)

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Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

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