News 2. And when you realize you haven’t truly experienced pain until you’ve hit your hand on a lane line: View this image › 3. When you think you’re going to be brave hopping into the pool, and then when you actually get in: View this image › 4. When you’re a distance swimmer, and this happens right before your big race: View this image › 5. When you’re lucky to even get in the pool when you’re warming up for a meet: View this image › 6. When maybe there was water in your ear, but you always have to have the coach repeat the set at least a second time: View this image › 7. When putting on a tech suit basically requires a miracle and God’s mercy: View this image › 8. When your coach decides to get cute with just a few minutes left in practice: View this image › 9. When your coach says this, and you know that it can’t mean anything good: View this image › 10. When your Friday nights are very different from most normal peoples’ Friday nights: View this image › 11. When you encounter that one swimmer who decides to go all out during the warm-up: View this image › 12. When no matter how long you’ve been swimming, your start always could use a little work: View this image › 14. When it feels like you have a bottomless pit in your stomach after practice: View this image › 15. When you have that one person who swims up your butt the entire practice: View this image › 17. When you get home from practice and you feel like face-planting on your bed and never waking up: View this image › 18. When you get a sprint set during practice and you can’t contain your excitement: View this image › 19. When you need a break during a hard set, so your goggles conveniently need tightening: View this image › 21. When you finish the first round of a hard set and realize the pain is just getting started: View this image › 23. And when one of them says you smell like a pool and you want to scream at them: View this image › 24. And finally, when you get to roll up to the blocks with your relay squad and you feel invincible: View this image › View this image › Mollie Shafer-Schweig / Via BuzzFeed The Opening Ceremony begins Friday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 CT on NBC. Click here for more Olympics content! Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!