France: HUGE Summing up, Part II
On the second day of our holiday, I did some more multi-tasking. The whole family was going into Montpellier to visit the aquarium. That’s at the end of one of the city’s tram lines . . . and only a few stops up the line is the swimming pool. So while the family were looking at things that don’t blink, I went in for a swim in the superb 50m pool.
It’s got ten lanes, is an even 3m deep throughout, and has excellent management of what goes on in each lane - slow swimming lanes on the outside, a couple of lanes for toys (fins, hand paddles, etc - not lilos and rubber rings), and a good clear timetable showing club bookings and lessons in progress.
If you’re in Montpellier, I highly recommend it. Remember though, this is a fairly serious swimming pool, and as well as mandatory swim caps, they also don’t allow beach shorts - you have to wear proper swimming gear. Also, the “pieds nus” signs on the way into the changing rooms (vestiares) translates as bare feet only. So remember to sit on the benches on the way in, and remove your shoes and socks.
The best thing I found about swimming in a 50m pool though? Well it’s just so flattering - you do a lap and that’s a hundred metres. Which also makes it easy as anything to keep count! The only thing to watch out for though, is that it tends to attract a more proficient grade of swimmer - watch out for the skinny girls in teeny-weeny bikinis, who I’m sure were hiding an outboard motor somewhere!
- Type: Swim
- Date: 05/27/2008
- Total Time: 1:00:00.00
- Distance: 2,204.8 m
- Average Pace: 2:43.28/100m