I’m in a bad mood, because I haven’t had a relaxing time swimming lately. Last time, I was in a lane with someone who kept switching sides. This morning, I was swimming side-by-side, when someone entered the lane and ran head-on into me. Ouch! After that, I swam circles, but constantly had to keep an eye out for other people. Spotting isn’t easy for me. I get dizzy and it messes up my rhythm. I know that I’ll be better prepared for an open water swim, but I would rather relax in the water, especially if I’m trying to get through a long set!
I have to say, I don’t think I was very polite to the person I collided with. It would be nice to apologize and see if he’s okay. I have such a temper and feel badly about my rash “calling out.” I (loudly) told him that he needed to let each person in the lane know he was there. I told him we would gladly switch to swimming circles. Still, he left the pool.
I know that this pool is very convenient, because it’s in my neighborhood and it’s free. Still, I’m starting to think that I need to go to a pool a bit farther away that is $3 per swim, but has more lap lanes. Either that or I need to drag myself out of bed early enough to swim during “lap swim” time.
Some rules for lap swimming:
- Ask the people already in the lane if you can join them. It’s polite. Do it. Plus, it lets them know you’re there.
- If there are two or more people in the lane, make sure they all know you’re joining them before you start swimming. That means waiting until they finish a lap and make eye contact with you.
- If there is only one person in the lane, ask if they want to go side-by-side or in circles.