* First of all, out of curiosity, I asked the Life Guard if the lane distances are in yards or meters. The answer I got was, 25 yard”ish” and all the lanes are different – some are longer and some are shorter. hmmmm. ok, thanks -not the specific and exact answer I was looking for…but ok. So, all my measurements will be yard”ish” from now on.
* Swimming at 8:30 AM at the Y is a bit different than swimming at 5:30 AM:
5:30 AM -Nice and quiet, usually only 1-4 people there. I always get a lane to myself and everyone is pretty much doing their own thing. On Wednesday’s I am usually the only one there – me and the Life Guard.
8:30 AM – I get there and no one is there..Great I thought, a lane to myself. I comment on the lack of people to the Life Guard.
Me – “Not many people here at this time”
Life Guard – “Yes, but Water Aerobics starts in about 15 mins. You should swim in that lane (pointing to furthest lane)”.
Me – ” Ah, ok sure”
And then I get into the water…the warm bathtub water. Yikes, I think – this is pretty warm. I start to swim, already feeling pretty suffocated in the really warm water.
One by One the ladies are showing up for the class. And about 8:45, the water starts to get a bit wavy. I start to smell different smells – someone has some really strong perfume on!!
And then at around 9:00 AM, when the class starts, it gets really wavy – I feel like I am swimming in open water! And still smelling different smells – some of them not so great .
But all in all, I had a great 8:30 AM swim – I got in one full hour (2600 yard”ish) because I didn’t have to rush home to get the kids ready for school. And I still got my own lane . I am just going to have to get used to the differences.