Dear lady swimming in the fast lane,
I hope you had a lovely swim today. I know I enjoyed mine. Thorncliffe is a nice pool, isn't it? It's a nice big facility. The locker room is nice and clean. They even have babysitting, and it made it so that I could get my swim in during the day. The pool itself is decent. Maybe a tiny bit warm, but not bathtub like. They've got those little ropes dividing the lanes, and those cute signs at the end of the lanes that say "slow", "medium", and "fast".
Fast is such a relative term, isn't it? I consider myself a great example of this relativity. I don't generally consider myself a fast swimmer, but in the swims I've done at city pools, I've been the fastest person there. So, on those days, I'm fast. At my regular pool, I swim the same speed, but I'm rarely fast. I'm usually medium, and occasionally slow, depending on who else is swimming that day.
Like I said, fast is relative.
Except when you aren't even relatively fast.
With all due respect, if I lap you every other length of the pool, you are not fast. If I pass you while doing a kickset with a flutterboard and no flippers, you are not fast. If my four year old can swim faster then you, you are not fast.
And that's okay. There is nothing wrong with not being a fast swimmer. Everybody has different reasons for swimming. I do it to race, so I am always trying to get faster. Some people simply enjoy their time in the pool. Some don't like to get their hair wet. Some are rehabilitating from an injury.
There is nothing wrong with being a slow swimmer...
Unless you choose to swim in the lane that has the cute little sign with the letters: F - A - S - T. If you choose to swim in that lane, you should be able to consider yourself fast, at least relatively.
Please enjoy your swims, and please consider the cute little signs in the future.
Deb, a sometimes, relatively fast swimmer