Fins In A Crowded Pool
But that’s not what I did on Friday, though it was tempting for a while. No, while I was off skiing with Daughter, my order from Swimshop.co.uk had arrived in the post - a kickboard (oh, deep joy!), a pullbuoy (I can hardly contain my excitement), a pair of hand paddles (more interesting), and a pair of short, pool training fins (oh yeah!).
Having been moved up to the big kids lane at the triathlon club, I now ‘need’ all this stuff. The problem was that one of the guys in the club had also just bought the same kind of fins as me (Aquasphere Micro Fins), and he’d said that although they were the same size as his shoes, the felt a little loose in the pool. So, like all kids with new toys, I wanted to try mine out as soon as possible - just to make sure they fitted.
I was swimming during Daughter’s lesson, and as usual, the lane was a little crowded, with two-way traffic pretty constantly. So I hung on to the end of the pool, and waited for a suitable moment to join the procession. I figured that a gap of half a length (12.5m) should do it . . .
. . . and I almost swam right over the next swimmer in the lane, while they still had about 5m to go. Fins are FAST. So I did another couple of lengths, pulling out and overtaking swimmers like I was driving a Aston Martin round a procession of tractors. So I think the fins fit just fine.
After only a few lengths I’d had enough though, and put the fins back in their bag to finish the rest of the set au naturelle. I had two problems really - it felt a bit (OK, a lot) like I was cheating, but more importantly, I just couldn’t get used to how quickly the end of the pool came up. On two occasions, I only just managed to stop in time to avoid swimming right into it!
- Type: Swim
- Date: 02/29/2008
- Total Time: 00:30:00.00
- Distance: 800 m
- Average Pace: 3:45.95/100m