thoughts on the pool

Yesterday I swam. 800m, which is about a half mile, which is not bad. Back when I swam daily, I could swim at least double that, but considering it’s been a few months since then, 800m is not bad at all.

About halfway through my swim, two ladies decided to share my lane at the pool. Now I am not at all opposed to sharing lanes. It’s not at all uncommon, since the pool at my gym is relatively small (25m x 3 lanes). But it’s pool etiquette to ask someone before you decide to share lanes with them. (At least TELL them you are there!)

Otherwise you wind up with a scene just like what happened yesterday: I was swimming along, blissfully unaware that I was sharing a lane with two other bodies. At the end of a lane, I tucked, rolled, and kicked off of the wall- a perfect flip turn. (Well, not “perfect”. I’m not a pro. But “perfect” for me.) Anyway, I pushed off of the wall- and my head butted right into what I think was a hip.

Now I was irritated, because my lovely workout had been disturbed, and they were irritated because one of them had been head-butted. See? If you’d only asked, I would have known that you were there and I would not have head-butted you!

When I finished my workout, I was sitting on the edge of the pool catching my breath, and these ladies started complaining about how they wish they could swim, except it’s so hard for them because they can’t get their hair wet, but gee if they just knew how to swim it would be SUCH a better workout than leisurely walking up and down the length of the pool.

All I can say is, buy yourself a bottle of conditioner and shut up! Everything I know about swimming, I learned from practice. I’ve never been on a swim team. My only “coaching” consists of a few swim lessons when I was a kid. I firmly believe that anyone who is willing to get wet- and I mean all the way wet, wet hair, wet body, everything- can learn to swim.

But if you’re not willing to use the effort necessary to teach yourself to swim, don’t whine about it!