Definitely listen your body, it tells you what you need. Swimming is a great discipline and something you can continue for life, so if you have to stop swimming competitively, try not to stop swimming.
I was a competitive swimmer from when I was six until seventeen. That’s twelve years of chlorine three times a day. It sounds like something a doctor prescribed but essentially that is what swimming was to me. A medicine for happiness, achievement, discipline and focus. I could go on, but you would most likely stop reading. I stopped competitive swimming when I left high school and moved countries to go to University. Here are six things that happened to me when I stopping swimming that no one told me would occur:
The Fat Attack
As a swimmer, my life was very structured, especially when you had a big meet coming up. My daily routine was, wake up, go to swimming, eat breakfast in the car on the way to school, swim at school practice, play other sports and then onto another training session.