Friday night, I went swimming. I love swimming. Adore it. I think it is 100% the bees knees. But I don’t have a pool to swim in anymore. One of the main reasons I joined the Y was access to pools all over the greater Boston area so I could cross train with swimming instead of the dreaded elliptical or riding around on an uncomfortable bike. Still, after 8 weeks, I hadn’t been in the pool. I was a little itimidated. I’m a pretty strong swimmer. But I’m not competitve by any means. And I certainly can’t keep up with anyone who swims regularly. Last Friday, though, I was at a new Y. It’s close to my office so I can go there and then drive home, theoretically missing rush hour traffic.At this Y, the treadmills face windows that look out over the pool. I noticed there were at least 3 lanes that we completely empty. I vowed that the following week I would suck it up and start swimming laps. So this past Friday came around and I was exhausted from a long week. I just wanted to go home and go to bed. Instead I headed for the Y. You can’t become a leaner meaner you and if you never actually work at it, right?
Upon arrival there was no parking in the lot or on the neighboring streets. That meant the Y would be packed. I finally decided traffic wasn’t horrible and I would just head home and do a yoga video or something. My commute takes me by my neighboorhood Y and I can see some parts of the parking lot. It was mostly empty and suddenly my car was turning into the parking lot. I changed, crammed a swim cap on my giant noodle covered in a ridiculous amout of curly hair and headed to the pool. I had done a little reasearch that afternoon about lane sharing and was glad because the lanes all had at least 1 swimmer. I sat on the edge of a lane with a single occupant and asked if I could share the lane. I’m not sure he fully understood me (there was maybe a language barrier) but he nodded yes. I hopped in and immediately started laps. I decided to start slow and even this first time out. To keep track of the laps I assigned each trek across the pool a place, in alphabetical order. So the laps were Albuquerque, Boston, Canton etc. It’s a trick I read in a magazine about running laps. I figured the same would apply for swimming. While I’m soon my laps the other guy swims across once and then sits at the end of the pool. Then eventually swims across again. I was trying to figure out if I wasn’t sharing well or what. Later he left and another guy showed up. He did almost the same thing. The first time I always swam so the center line was on my left. The second time I swam back and forth on the same side. I don’t know if one is more proper but I certainly prefer the first method. Can someone educate me?