When I woke up too early today, I thought that my strategy for swimming was failing me. The whole beating the crowd deal neither avoided the crowd, nor gave me enough time to swim my whole set.
So I considered getting to the pool at its opening. Then I sat around until my usual time to leave. I’m nothing if not a creature of habit.
Then I noticed the snow. It had snowed around 6 inches the night before, and I wondered if I would be able to leave my block.
But it was bearable, and I found myself at the pool around 7 AM. The ladies in the shower, who had already exited the pool, had their usual warning–”It’s crowded!” One of them had even head bumped into another swimmer.
I walked away, bewildered over this question of when to get to the pool. I noticed that the pool was set up for a meet, so the lane lines were in the deep end this time, and the shallow end was roped off for people to swim horizontally across it. I scanned the lanes looking for an opening. I found one lane that only had one person in it. There was also an orange pylon on the bulkhead at the end of the lane. I nodded to the lifeguard and pointed to the lane, asking if it was ok if I swam in it. He nodded back, and I was relieved.
In the end, I managed to swim my 900 yards, 350 in freestyle, 350 back, and 300 breast , just before the end of lap swim. When I exited the pool, I was the penultimate swimmer, (as usual),and it was 4 minutes before the session was over.
I think I’ve found my time.
cross posted at www.imswimming.net