Angry Swimming

Mon – 60min run, 60min bike
Tues – 2.5k swim, 55min turbo (meant to be 60. Got fed up.. could probably just round it up but I do like a bit of honesty…), 30min core

Swim today was interesting. Firstly, I got myself some semi-good splits, so I was quite happy with myself.

What I want to talk about has more to do with everybody else in the pool.

First, our happy little lane was joined by a strange old man, who insisted on swimming very very slowly. However, when anybody tried to overtake him at the end of a lane – he would pull ridiculous faces and wave his hands around as though to say “what a travesty – it has been suggested that I am slow!” Well – he was.

I simply avoided getting behind old man and continued.

Then – this one time (at band camp… Dad – if you’re reading this – don’t watch American Pie – you will hate it) – in order to avoid getting stuck behind him, I began my set right in front of someone I thought was going slower than they were.

Ok – my bad – whoopsie. Swimmer taps my toes, so I sped up a bit, in order to get to the end of the lane, and let them overtake me. In my mind – surely this is a good enough response. However – swimmer does not ALLOW me to get to the end to demonstrate my good will by letting them go. Instead, swimmer begins hitting my feet. Then grabbing my legs, and finally trying to swim OVER me and generally whacking my thighs. By this point, i’m actually tempted to complain about sexual harassment.

Now – I realise setting off right in front of someone is somewhat stupid. Persistently doing so might warrant some sort of reaction. But once? Really?

If I were to accidental wonder out in front of another pedestrian in a street – and absentmindedly get in their way – I might expect a nudge of disapproval, but I would not expect them to start grabbing my legs to restrict my movement. Same goes in the pool.

I’ve said it a million times.
If you’re slower than everyone else – either get in the other lane or be aware of it and always stop when they ask – or even if you don’t ask and you can see you’re in the way. And don’t be an arse about it.

Similarly, if you’re faster than everyone else: bear in mind that it’s a public swimming pool and you can’t always keep up your own pace.

Play nice kiddies.

Published by michellearthurs

I'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

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