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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pool etiquette?

I took my two younger boys to the pool tonight. Jocko has been all about going since I bought him some goggles. I actually bought Junior goggles, too, but Jocko made the mistake of mentioning that there had also been Bakugan and Batman goggles, so of course the basic (though more expensive) ones I bought are no good.
Anyway, spent a lot of time watching the kids go off the diving board while i treaded water and graded jumps and playing with them in the shallow end. I had intended to swim a couple laps, but both lap lanes were in use the whole time. While we were in the shallow end, a couple who'd been swimming in one of the lanes parked at the end and stood there talking.
I waited for about 10-15 minutes, and then I decided to ask if I could swim a couple laps in the lane...you know, since they weren't using it anyway. I didn't think it was any big deal, but they kind of looked at me like I had two heads. "I'd just like to swim a couple laps," I repeated, and they grudgingly allowed me.
Two it was, and that 100 yards had me beat. I have a loooonnnng way to go with my swimming...but that's ok, because I'll start looking for a sprint triathlon next year. Plenty of time, which, clearly, I'll need.
So my question is...did I violate some kind of pool etiquette by asking to use the lane that they were standing but not swimming in? What would be the right way to handle that?

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