Monday, June 14, 2010

Lane Rage

Today I blew a fuse...

I arrived at the pool this afternoon around 3:30. All lanes were full and there were at least three people waiting for a lane. I had barely put my towel on the hook and turned around to wait on a lane when a woman asked me to join her (and the others were still waiting). YES!!! It pays to look like a real swimmer. I thanked her profusely, letting her know I had a very long swim ahead of me. I jumped in the lane and hugged the lane line so hard I hit it almost every time. I wanted to let her know I could share a lane. Barely 300 meters into my swim I noticed she was finished and gone. Sweet! The lane is now all mine.

Just 200 meters later, I noticed someone was in my lane and it wasn't the same woman I started with. I was still swimming down the middle of the lane so she was circle swimming with me, without my permission. I was pissed! This was the last straw!

You see, I've had some issues with Lifetime's pool policies (or lack thereof). I fully understand that everyone has the right to workout there, but if 3 or more lanes (of 5 lanes) are being taken up by people walking, I'm sorry, they have to share lanes. They're walking, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!! There are LOTS of people who have no business sharing lanes (terrible swimmers), yet it's the swimmers who always have to share lanes. And don't even get me started on the "aerobics" classes that take up multiple lanes when there is another leisure pool that could be used for those classes. Last week all five lanes were occupied--three with walkers and two with swimmers: myself and another woman. The lifeguard came over and asked me to move lanes and share with another person because my lane was going to be used for classes. When I got out, I noticed there were still three people walking and the other woman was swimming. Why was the lifeguard not asking one of the walkers to share a lane with another walker?!?!

So today when the woman decided to share my lane without asking me first (and for the record, I don't have a problem sharing a lane, JUST ASK!!!), I blew a fuse. I hopped out of the lane and went right to the lifeguard. I let her know I was pissed. Not just for this instance, but for all the other times and the crappy lack of policies at the pool.

I then waited AGAIN for another lane to open up. Just as one did, I noticed the woman was talking to the lifeguard. I don't know who initiated the conversation, but the woman left the lane, came over to me and told me I could have the lane back. She said, "when [she] was on the swim team, you shared lanes with people and split the lane." I told her she could keep the lane because I was taking this lane.

But what I really wanted to say was this....SWIM TEAM?! You're wearing a two-piece swimsuit and you're not wearing a swim cap. You're not a real swimmer!!!! And all you had to do is freakin' ask permission to share my lane!

Needless to say, I had some rage leading into the main set of my swim. And I swam FAST! Really fast. So fast, that when I finished my 3000 meters (under an hour, thankyouverymuch) the pool director came up to me and said "Wow, you were flying today. That was the fastest I've ever seen you swim and you kept great form the entire time."

The moral of the story...don't piss me off in the pool. Not only am I totally gonna rat on you, I'm going to kick your ass and swim circles around you.

9 comments:

LittleRachet said...

You need to find something to get you pissed before your races so you swim like THAT! WOWZA! Channel that anger for good!

Judi said...

lane rage. i hated that pressure of getting that w/o done and OVER WITH, and when shit gets in the way its FRUSTRATING.

E.L.F. said...

This happens at my gym too. There was a class in there the other day with TWO people taking up TWO lanes so they could bounce around to Wham set to a techno beat. My lane rage is to hop in the lane next to them with kick board and fins and kick like hell to get their hair wet.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

This eerks me too, my gym has 3 lanes, it eerks me that the walkers take up all 3 lanes, they dont care, the gym doesnt care, I am with you, I dont mind sharing a lane, but ask, AND know how to share a lane, I cant tell you how many times I seen someone swimming right in the middle and if it wasnt for me paying attention, heads would have collided, or even worse, Mr 25 Meter, swims a length, stops and stands right smack in the middle of the wall, Oh we can go on and on about this subject

San said...

Asking to share a lane is actually a new concept to me, the problem is in Leipzig there isn't the possibility to have a lane for yourself, you are lucky if the pool is open and you find a line that isn't to crowded to swim at all and in your tempo.

What pisses me off is that there is no clear signs which lanes are for the fast swimmers. Those problems are solely due to those ratty opening times of the pools in Leipzig. It pisses off every swimmer, young or old, fast or slow in Leipzig.

So in the end I say, be lucky that you only have to share the lane with one other swimmer and not with 5 or more of different abilities.

San said...

PS: Congrats on this awesome time. 3000m in one hour. Wow.

jessithompson said...

we've all been there. once someone jumped in my lane without alerting me first and we had a head-on collision. LAME.

Melissa said...

People are clueless but mostly because the directors do not teach them.

Sara Cox Landolt said...

So annoying!!! Killer hard swim with great form, nice!

Last week I waited 11 minutes for a lane and then was five minutes into a warmup and the nursery paged me...(it overlooks the pool). My youngest has a solid record lately for pulling me out of the pool. I actually went up in my swimsuit/towel to change his diaper etc & then had to wait again to get back in a lane....