Doesn't Play Nice With The Other Kids
A couple of weeks ago at the end of the Masters Swim Class at Harbor Athletic, I was lending a hand- putting the steps back into the pool, the other guy working with me commented how much he hates those steps- but of course there are a lot of people who use them, so after class we have to replace them. My comment back was that I love those steps- in fact, whenever I can I choose the lane with the steps.
Because when I am in the lane with the steps, I almost NEVER have to share the lane. It's the last lane that gets asked to share. And I don't share well with others.
I took a little grief about that. But then I started looking around. I'm not the only swimmer who doesn't like to share. A few others...
- The BIG SPLASH swimmer. Every flip-turn creates such a huge wave, that not only do you not want to share the lane- you don't want to be in the lane on either side.
- The TONS OF EQUIPMENT swimmer. Layed out at the end of the lane- a pull bouy, flippers, goggles, Gatorade bottle, kick board and a few other very important things- so many things, in fact, that it already looks like there are three people sharing the lane.
- The BAD swimmer. Belly-flops into the water, then swims the most awkward laps you have ever seen- usually stopping to rest after every 25 yards (sometimes in the middle of the 25 yards) no style points here, lots of splashing, lots of arms waving in every direction- often looks like their drowning.