Friday, January 7, 2011

Swimming in a backwashing pool

Started the day having breakfast with my buddy Gord. He's the friend I've probably known longest here; we used to work together once upon a long time ago. He's just retired, though technically he's on vacation for another week. It's been a little while since we chatted, so we had lots to catch up on.

You never know what you're going to get at Canyon Meadows pool. I swam late afternoon and it was the busiest I've ever seen it for that time of day. Normally it's peaceful and quiet. I ended up sharing a lane with 3 other people, though there was never more than two of us at any one time. Well, except for the one dick that wouldn't swim in circles with us, so he went off to a different lane. I didn't mind. The new guy swam faster.

Only had time for an hour swim so I hustled to get as much in as I could. Warm up. No really, I had to swim hard to warm up. I'm not sure what they were doing, but there were huge currents in the pool, and dramatic fluctuations of temperature. Most of the pool was what I think of as nice, with some warm spots. Plus this pool doesn't have real lane dividers so it can get really choppy at times. After that I did lots of the dolphin kick drill, both on my front and back. That's coming along pretty good. Tried it on my sides and nearly drowned. I'll have to work at that a bit more. Doing that kick after a turn is coming more naturally. Some arm drill, and backstroke.

There was a herd of kids coming into the pool as I was done. I think it's one of the local swim clubs. Looks like ages 5 to 15 or so, though it's hard to tell. I have no sense of how old kids are any more. Some of them are huge for their age. One of the girls was nearly my height, and talking about studying for her driver's test so I'm guessing she was about 15 or so. Most were short, and I felt like was wading through kids on deck to get to the change room. And the noise! I don't know how teachers stand it. Or anyone that has to be around kids.

1 comment:

  1. It's called selective listening...or just tuning them out.


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