My swim bag has been getting heavier and heavier. When I changed fins from the blue ones to the black ones, I noticed the weight increase. But since then I've been wondering if it's me getting more feeble. How much stuff can be in one swim bag?
Now I know. My bag lived in Michelle's car today after our swim. Our lovely swim! I did some tune up and coached. Michelle had a breakthrough! Yay her!
I'd recently read a blog from socalrunnergal, "what's in my run bag", via my buddy SUAR. As I was taking the damp gear out, I decided to take it all out to photo and itemize. Shocking. Just shocking. Here's the deceptive bag, looking all innocent.
Here is the heap of stuff. I never would have imagined.
From upper left going roughly clockwise:
- Merrel mesh tote bag. I got it as swag at one of my first races, it's been used lots. Incredibly useful. I have two of them, but the other is downstairs.
- The current pair of goggles and nose clips.
- Not one, not two, but three, count'em three pairs of back up goggles.
- One pair of backup nose clips. There's another pair around somewhere.
- Blue mesh bag that hasn't found a use yet.
- High tech rubber band for trying to keep Michelle's legs on the reservation during kick drills. In real life they were used to fasten snowshoes together. Really.
- Black shorty fins.
- Best body wash ever.
- Hand paddles.
- A spare Scotiabank bag. I think this is from the half marathon last year.
- Flip flops. All recycled materials, bought at Tri-It.
- A little Talisman shoe pouch as swag.
- Two locks.
- Shampoo and cream rinse, for when I had hair.
- Last year's and the year before's Talisman renewal paperwork. Soggy.
- A Monthly timesheet for January, that I email in to get paid. I did.
- A key fob.
- A luggage tag with obsolete contact information.
- A couple ear plugs, last used early 2008 on a twin prop flight to High Level.
- A pen, I don't know if it works. I tried later, it does. Amazing.
- A car key, never used. At least we still own that car.
- $2.40 in change.
- The current swim suit, with the shark teeth motif.
- Back up swim suit, and it gets used on short notice periodically
- Cheque book and pen. Not that I write a lot of checks, 178 since early 2001.
- Waiver forms for the race next weekend. Not soggy, carefully taken out and put somewhere handy.
- Kleenex package.
- Toothbrush. I wouldn't dream of using it on my teeth now.
- Underneath it all my orange towel.
And this is what didn't go back in after. Much of it went into the garbage.
First bit of decluttering done! What next?