Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sharing Your Lap Lane - Yes, there are Benefits

This past year I grew up.  Really.  I finally learned to share my lane and enjoy it.  In fact, I am known to the guards at the pool as someone who is happy to share my lane - given the swimmer doesn't fall into any of the 10 points in my prior post.  Here's why I am happy to share my lane:
  1. Lap swimming can be VERY boring.  Having someone else in the lane, even if you don't communicate with them verbally, keeps your mind a bit more stimulated just by the sheer fact that one must keep aware of where the lane partner is in the pool relative to one's self.
  2. Your lane partner can spur you to swim faster.  Who wants to be humiliated by someone in baggy trunks?
  3. Your lane partner can make you feel like a fast swimmer, even if you are not - this of course requires your lane partner be a slower swimmer than you.
  4. Your lane partner can provide you with a slip-stream if you want to swim along side them like a baby whale does it's momma.
  5. By having a lane partner, your lane is less likely to be chosen by the next crappy swimmer who wants to get in your lane. 

No, I didn't list 10 benefits.  I'm sure there are more, but jeez, I never thought there was one good reason before this year.  Give me a break!


  1. AnonymousJune 24, 2010

    Nice. Swimmers like you are the reason people don't circle swim. How very kind of you!

  2. I've read your comment several times and can't decide if it's a compliment or something snarky. Whatever the case, thanks for the comment all the same. To me circle swimming is fine but I'd prefer swimmers of equal ability or at minimum the experience - or common sense - to make it easy on the others.


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