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.