Monday, October 19, 2009

Lap Swimming & Lane Sharing Etiquette

It was great to get back in the pool today after having some time off due to traveling for work.  I definitely missed the feeling of successfully completing a good workout. 

Today I shared a lane with two women who happened to be slower than me.  I have no problem with that at all, but what is totally irritating is sharing a lane with people who do not use proper lane sharing etiquette.  It was getting so frustrating that I actually finished up a little earlier than planned. 

So here is my lane sharing “wish list”:

  • If someone is faster than you and they’re coming into the wall for a flip turn, don’t push off right in front of them
  • Please don’t swim down the middle of the lane.  It’s hard for someone to pass!
  • When you’re resting on the wall, please move to the left side of the lane so the person coming into the wall can do a flip turn and keep going!

Anyway, I feel SO much better now… Thanks for letting me whine!    ;-)  Wednesday’s workout has GOT to be better!


  1. very good points!

  2. I shared a lane Sunday with a woman who was geared up with hand paddles, flippers and a snorkel, had a wide stroke, and seemed to think her half of the lane was the middle. Ugh.

  3. Oh Caren, you would have flipped out at my lap swim tonight! These people were all over the place! And to make it worse, not only were they not following any sort of lap swimming etiquette, they were also swimming backstroke and fly - the two strokes that I think are the most difficult to do when sharing lanes because 1. fly is a wide stroke and 2. back, you can't see (especially when you're all over the dang pool.) So annoying!

  4. You guys crack me up!! And here I thought I was the only one...

    Yes, Lauren, I would have totally flipped out. LOL!! :-)