Sunday, February 13, 2011

The top 5 swimming pet peeves

I was visiting a friend's blog earlier today, and she mentioned how annoyed she gets at women who are afraid to get their hair wet in the pool. It served as a source of pet peeve inspiration for me, and I thought I'd share a few of mine when it comes to swimming in the pool.

Please, stop trying to smell good
I'm referring to the men and women who wear cologne or perfume to the pool. When I'm swimming, I get the pleasure of swallowing their Old Spice or Halston when I come up for air. I'd just rather smell any BO they're trying to cover with it. Really.

The splashy flip turn
I've been in lanes next to people who barely move the water when they flip, and then I've been next to others whose splashes are so huge, I wonder if they aren't making some kind of political statement. It doesn't bother me when I'm swimming, but when I'm taking a break at the end of the lane and have to take cover as they approach, that's when it gets annoying.

I haven't mastered the art of a flip turn. Perhaps I don't fully comprehend how difficult barely splashing is to master, and maybe I'm being too judgmental. If that's the case, I'm sure someone will let me know.

Forgetting a key piece of equipment
You gather all of your belongings and gadgets and double-check your bag. You get in your truck. You drive across town to the Y. You trek across the long parking lot - more often than not in extreme cold or extreme heat. You swipe your card and sign in. You walk to the locker room. You find an empty locker. You open your bag only to discover that you should have triple-checked what you brought because you forgot either your goggles or your swim suit.

No problem. You can go for a run on the -- oh, wait. You were wearing high heels and didn't bring your running shoes. Because of time lost, you now no longer have the time to train.

Kids hanging out in the lap lane
If no one is swimming, I don't mind kids doing handstands or chatting about their boyfriends. If they're using the only other empty lane, I'll kindly ask them or their parents if they would mind moving. They move, but not without getting huffy with me like I've done something wrong.

The goggle marks
No matter the type of goggles or how loose I can make them and still seal out the water, I look like a freak for the half hour following my swim. Luckily, I can toss on a pair of shades and usually go straight home after I train.

I'm very fortunate in that I've only had to share a lane a handful of times during the two years I've been going to the Y. I'll take one side and the other individual takes the other. I haven't had any problems with this like I know a lot of other folks do.

Out of all of these pet peeves, though, that first one is easily the one that gets me choked up the most.


Molly said...

OHMYGOD I hate people who wear cologne/perfume to the pool. It's like it quadruples in strength in the water!

Lora said...

Ha ha. You're so right. It really is the worst!

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

oh my goodness, i love this post. we could make a list a mile long with this subject! My latest pet peeve is the guy with an inch of fur on his back. i can't get past this and it gives me the heebie jeebies when he's in the pool with me at the same time, especially in the lane right next to me. i think he should have to wear one of those tight surfer shirts.

Chloe said...

Great post - I HATE HATE HATE it when kids play in the lap lanes. Ugh. I will run you over ;)

AND when the pool does not open when they say it will...or when they close early!!

Lora said...

KC, it could be worse. You could have to share the lane with him. :)

Chloe, AMEN!

Jess @ THIR said...

There is this one particular woman that comes into our pool, even Tuesday and Thursday nights, ten minutes before our squad session finishes. She LOADS herself up, on some fantastic cologne that I happen to be allergic to.
without fail, at 10 to 8, EVERY SINGLE TUESDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT, I sneeze. I swallow water. I can hardly finish the session.
Everyone in the squad laughs when I start sneezing, because they know she's arrived... I hate it :(

Caratunk Girl said...

I hate the perfume the most too. Ugh. I also hate the clogged nose for 36 hours or so after the swim...(I have some funky chlorine intolerance)

Lora said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one dealing with perfume lady!

Kelly said...

I totally agree about the perfume. I feel like I am eating it when someone wears it!! I don't know about the flip turn splashing. I just started doing flip turns and can honestly say I have no idea if I splash or not. Most of the time I'm just trying to remember to blow out my nose to I don't have a sinus full of chlorine!!

Our Village is a Little Different said...

Hi, I'm a new follower from the blog it forward hop. We spend a lot of time at the pool. I loved this post.

The Crypto-Capers Series said...

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TexaGermaNadian said...

Haha, these are great. Always hated the goggle and the swim cap mark. Looks so nerdy! And I hate hate hate it when I forget something when I head to the gym. Might be the worst feeling ever.
Just hopped over from the "Blog it Forward" hop, and really glad I did!:)

Lora said...

No kidding, Kelly. I feel like I'm eating it instead of swallowing it!

Thanks for the follows and the comments. I'll head on over to your blogs!

TriGirl said...

Going swimming tonight! I am so with you on these...especially the post-apocalyptic goggle eye! I am tri-training too so am going to follow you and see how your training is going!

Oh, I'm also going to tweet your site...following from Tuesday hop.

Lora said...

Sweet! Thanks, TriGirl! Hope you're having a great swim. I'll be sure and follo' you back!

Joel said...

I tend to do most of my swims when the local swim team is practicing (it helps that my son is on said team)....that said, my pet peeve is that I try to pace myself off the kids, and they're so dang fast I can't keep up with them. The really irritating thing is none of them are old enough to drive.


Lora said...

Yeah, that WOULD be annoying, Joel.

Karen said...

Yes, goggle marks - #1 pet peeve! I do flip turns and have wondered if I am a super splasher or a "normal" splash. LOL. Perhaps I should try to find out :)

Andrew Opala said...

I love it! So honest and aligned to my feelings.

Lora said...

Karen, at least you're considerate enough to wonder if you're a splasher. :)

Thanks, Andrew!


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