Madelaine wrote: > Mike Edey wrote: > > > Anyone done much swimming recently? > > > > --Mike > I go to the pool and what do you know but the pool is closed because of > a swim meet. Those people think just because they swim 20-30 hours per > week to improve their times that they can interfere with my workout! > The nerve! Such is life. The one here "shuts" for a lot of reasons. Ladies hour being one of them (-: I've not had a swim lately. First I can not as yet translate (into English) all the displayed pool information and asking at the reception drew a blank. I am being very careful. This time last year a guest nearly went off her trolly when I suggested eating cookie (at home). Aparantly it was not the proper time of day to eat such a thing. People are very nice, but they do have their cultural barriers and so I feel I'm constantly tippy-toeing. So there's no way I feel like popping along for a swim until such time as I have sufficient Dutch to tackle any uspets I might inadvertantly create. e.g. A couple of years ago a lady friend told me she had heard the mens changing rooms in our gym had open showers. "So?" I asked not able to understand why she was asking in such a shocked manner". She gringed "But what's wrong?" I asked and then put it to her that I for one couldn't be bothered putting on everything just to take it all off again onece I got behind some shower door. That led to a question as to how I go from the locker to the showers. To me, I don't see the problem, but may well encounter a problem here and have no way of smoothening off the concerns. > > It did give me an idea for a more challenging meet--have randomly placed > very slow swimmers as obstacles and no lane lines. This could make > swimming a spectator sport. Plus, I'd get my workout in. > Madelaine Apart form concerns of cultural ethiquete my interest in swimming is not for fitness, weight loss, or racking up mileage. It's initially purely for the sensory experience of being in such water and how I can alter or highlight the experience. I also like to explore the challenges of limitations on movement within water. And so I've worked out for myself how to do the frontcrawl whilst travelling backwards, ditto the backstroke and just about any stroke. (the buterfly being udsidedown whilst travelling feet first) Clearly when I first do get into the pool here I'll have to subdue that interest by quite a bit. I see they have lanes for lane swimmer. From experices at my previous pool, I wonder how often a lane swimmer will hammer up and down outside the lanes, which are empty, and then moan about the likes of me and you getting in his royal way!