I managed to find an outdoor pool that is open. I have been working on my lap swimming after a long time away from the pool. Unfortunately, the pool is a public pool and one has to make reservations in order to use it at a certain time, and there is a limit to the number of people allowed in the area at one time.
I went one afternoon to find a family of four in the pool area. Two children in the pool and one parent on either side of the pool, supervising. I settled in a safe distance from all of them. I figured that if I was patient, I may be able to get my laps in.
Suddenly, one of the children announced that she was hungry. Yay! My opportunity! I hopped in and did my laps while the children were eating.
As I got out, the children’s mother asked me if I had taken swimming lessons. I said yes, of course. She told the children that she knew that would be my answer. I looked at her, puzzled. She said that she’s been trying to convince the children that there was a good reason to take lessons, and they were impressed by the evenness of my stroke and that I could go back and forth so easily. I was being used as an example.
As I was putting my swim stuff away, the woman said, “Oh! I should have known that you knew what you were doing. Anyone who has a case for her goggles must be serious about swimming.” I guess so. I use the case to keep my goggles from getting scratches. They are much easier to see through without scratches.
She also commented on my swim watch and earplugs. Well, if I am doing laps, they help. I didn’t use my swimcap this time, though. I guess I am looking for that green chlorinated look?
I am just happy to be back in the pool. I use hand sanitizer after using the rails to get out of the pool. Everyone uses those to get out.
Let’s talk about swimming
I am so disappointed that pools aren’t open yet. I was so thrilled when my gym opened, but then I found out that the pool wouldn’t be open for a long time, still. Here’s a little pep talk from some swimmers and unfortunately, their pool is a little too far away for me to swim in regularly. I can’t wait to get back in the pool.
I swam with Susan Helmrich for Swim Across America a few times. I was so excited to see that she was speaking with the author of a book about swimming, Why We Swim, Bonnie Tsui. I look forward to getting a hold of the book.
I went away for a weekend with the family. I live with them, so it’s not a big deal with the shelter in place orders. The place where we are has a pool, with strict rules of use. I go in and do my laps and get out. No dawdling. Wash down everything that was used.
Normally, I would sit down and read a book poolside. This trip, nope. Other than the rules not really allowing it without wearing a mask, I forgot my book!
I forgot my book! How could I do that? I do have my Kindle, but I don’t really want it out by the pool. I also have my textbook for my class, which is technically what I am supposed to be reading. It is rented though, so that doesn’t go out near water, either.
I am headed home to get back to work for a training for a couple of days. I’ll come back up after repacking. Hopefully this time I’ll remember the paper book. I am sure I’ll forget something else, though.
The above linked article from 2014 tells about the Alcatraz escape on June 11, 1962. We’ve heard about this escape over the years, where three men made a rubber raft of raincoats and attempted to paddle out of the San Francisco Bay.
They tell about the tests that were attempted by Mythbusters back in 2003. The video is interesting to watch. Depending on the time they left, they may have made it. Some evidence shows that they did.
Here’s the Wikipedia article on the escape: The Escape. There is a lot of information there.
Part of why they think that the men didn’t make it to shore had to do with being in the water for a long length of time. So many people do a similar swim annually, that I think that it was possible. The speed that they’d have to go would be not an unreasonable speed in a boat. I think there’s a good chance they made it. One day we might know?
Opening pools in California petition
I love swimming. The majority of my exercise came from swimming. Then I had foot issues and surgery. Then I got really sick in January. I was ready to get back into the pool when everything was suddenly shut down.
It looks as if the gyms in my area won’t be opening any time soon because they can’t open safely. The local pools can because of the way the virus is dissipated in the water. Plus chlorine levels kill it off.
Swimmers are generally bright people and we do understand that locker rooms are difficult to control. The discussion has been about swimming your laps, washing hands, throwing on a cover up, and going home to change. Not unreasonable.
There’s a petition going around asking for the pools to open, so we can get some exercise. I’ve attached it above.
The above linked article tells about the possibility of an old movie house becoming a swimming pool. I haven’t heard more about the progress, but I am interested to know if it will actually happen. There is supposedly parking and all.
The Children Who Swim to Alcatraz
The above linked article is an interview with young swimmers who swim Alcatraz. So many of the things that are discussed are things that I have experience with on my bay swims. These young swimmers have done so much more than I will ever do, but some of the swims are on my bucket list.
I’ll get back to them sooner or later. I do miss the open water and cold.
Cliff house and pool
In the above linked article is a concept drawing of a house on the edge of a cliff, with a pool, overlooking the sea. The architects are trying to get funding to build it. All I can think about is my fear of heights and wondering how they would wash the window overlooking the water.
The above linked article talks about one woman’s experience with swimming in the San Francisco Bay. I want to get back to it, for many of the reasons she talks about in it. I am making mini progress, but I want to get back at it soon.
The hotel in the above linked article offers waterproof books to read in the pool. Very fun idea!