Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Swimming laps and sharing lanes

Today I shared a swim lane with another swimmer at the gym. I don't mind doing this at all because I feel like I can usually keep to my side without bothering anyone else who might be in the same lane. In fact, I have swam with up to 4 or 5 people in the same lane. That gets a little tricky but as long as everyone is at the same pace it doesn't really matter.

However, today the guy I shared a lane with said he didn't want to do it but that he would anyway. I wasn't sure how to take his comment, but I smile back, put on my goggles and waited patiently as he got to the other end before I started.

I had a good swim, but I found myself thinking of the guy next to me, hoping he wasn't going to torpedo directly into my head. I kept to the side of the pool and actually hit the ladder a few times I was so concerned with not impacting my fellow swimmer.

I ended up finishing my workout before he did and I left him there in the pool to no doubt shock another innocent swimmer looking to get in a few laps. As negative as he was, I think I learned something from him. The next time someone asks to share a lane, I will give them their preference of which side they would like to swim and won't let myself worry about the human torpedo.

Today's distance: 700yds

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