As part of the un-fatness plan, I am swimming twice a week now and loving it (well, I went twice last week and the intention is there to continue…). Frankly, it’s more enjoyable to be in the warm and intentionally getting soggy than to be outside on the bike hoping you can finish the ride without your feet getting so soaked they actually start to wrinkle.
As is usual for me though, there have already been a couple of slightly embarrassing moments (and that doesn’t include the fact that I have become strangely attached to my hand towel so can only cover one thigh on the way to the pool). I think the highlight to date was last Friday when I was without Sister 1 to chat to and obviously needed to talk to someone.
Most of the regulars are of the ‘oldie’ vintage (I’d like to make it clear here that this is not an ageist comment…just a fact. Oldies are one of my very, very favourite sort of people), but there are a couple of us around our 30’s. One is Nose-Clip-Man. Nose-Clip-Man seems to view the pool as a bath more than a place to exercise and spends a lot of time just standing in the shallow end. I had been doing an excessive amount of huffing and puffing this day and as I turned and felt the need to explain.
Me: ‘I’m not used to this.’
Him: ‘It’s Friday. Just take it easy.’
Me: ‘Exactly, we should be in bed. Oh. I didn’t mean ‘we’… Time for another length…’
And I did my fastest length for a while, but of course, I then had to face him again on the return journey. I find the best solution in many situations (as you may have guessed) is to smile, so, as I got a few strokes away from him I attempted just that. Only I swallowed a huge mouthful of water in the process and rather than smiling at the poor bloke, I ended up impersonating a water fountain as I spat it back out. And then, because I’d swallowed quite a bit of it, I burped. (I know. I wasn’t going to admit to that bit, but at this stage, I’m not sure I can go down any further in anyone’s estimation.) Nobody could ever accuse me of being ‘smooth’.
Tomorrow morning I will be braving the pool for the first time since the proposition / water fountain incident. I wonder if Nose-Clip-Man has also been brave enough to go back…:o)