Things That Gross Me Out At the Pool

It had been a few weeks since I've been to the pool so I asked my coach if I could switch out today's stairs workout for a swim workout instead. I thought I could just swim laps and zone out but instead he gave me all kinds of drills to do. I knew I wouldn’t remember them so I wrote them down on an index card and placed it in Ziploc bag. As I've said before, I am not good with numbers (at all), so I also had to write out how many laps each set was, and even then, I still calculated wrong.

When I got to the pool I crossed my fingers that one of the middle lanes would be open. I hate getting stuck in an end lane for fear that I'll have to share it with a shower-cap wearing old lady on a noodle. Don't get me wrong, I applaud the older women for being active and exercising, but I'm not sure what they do in the pool is actually exercises. More like splashing around and bumping into me - I've been elbowed and kicked a lot.

As luck would have it, I had the entire middle lane to myself - as in for all 2900 meters. It was about an hour and 15+ min of swim time, so even though I had to pay attention and keep track of the sets, my mind still drifted off to random thoughts like...

Things that Gross Me Out At the Pool:

• Cologne: Seriously, who wears cologne to the pool?! • People who workout in the steam room. • Sweaty people who go into the steam room straight from the gym floor. • People who wear sweats in the sauna and steam room. • The old guys with beer bellies sit in the steam room as their workout. • Those same old guys who come out of the steam room and bomb in the pool while us swimmers are at the opposite end. Then they hurry to get out of the pool. before we make our way back down the lane. • Those same old guys who sit on the bench by the pool and critique or stare at swimmers. • People wear swim shoes/flip flops in the whirlpool.

The steam room, sauna and whirlpool are all right next to the pool and I witnessed all of the above during this workout. Truth.

So back to the workout...

It was hard, just as I thought it would be. I wanted to quit but I told myself that I couldn’t sit in the whirlpool unless I finished the whole thing. Truth be told, while I love swimming, I love sitting in the whirlpool more so it was plenty of motivation for me to finish. And the whirlpool was so worth it...

...until the lady stepped into it with her swim shoes, then it was time for me to get out!

Source: flickr.com via Sam on Pinterest