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    Opportunity to sell...

    two takes...

    1st - the guy/gal thrashing in the pool is probably getting a BETTER workout than I am. I am trying to be efficient and consistent with my stroke to achieve a fast time (especially when trying to go fast). Mr/Ms thrasher is getting their heart rate up there faster and longer. It may depend on what you want out of the "workout"... depends on your goal...but it sure hurts to watch...

    2nd. Just my take...I use the chance to sell Masters - by giving some advice to those that look like they are trying. I ask them first if they would like a couple of comments (very important to ask 1st - IMHO). If they say yes, I find something nice to say and then give them some basic tips - THEN I try mention the pool JUST HAPPENS to have a Masters group...and that there is a coach on deck that give advice - we have gotten a few people over the years (at a University pool - can't get them forever). I admit to selecting ones that can swim at least a 500 (fast or slow) and don't need a total stroke overhaul (guilty of some sort of bias here).

    IMHO we - as the 'experienced' swimmers are the sales people for Masters - we need to constantly sell sell sell.

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    Originally posted by CCSR79
    There is this guy at my pool who seems to ALWAYS choose my lane and he is the most weird swimmer ever (now I started changing lanes every time he joins me, it's a pain!).

    He splashes so much water around that if you're next to him you will swallow loads of it, and have that feeling you're in the middle of the ocean with all the waves. But the weirdest part which really breaks my concentration is the way he swims. Maybe someone here can enlighten me on why!

    He does this on every lap: he starts by pushing off the wall all the way to the bottom of the pool (about 4 feet) then touches the floor, gets up, walk about 5 steps, and starts swimming freestyle like mad (hence the waves). When he gets to the end he gets up, does an open turn and do the above all over again.

    Why would someone do that? On every lap! I can't help but pay attention to it trying to figure out "what the hell..."
    Perhaps your guy has OCD and he *has* to do that for each lap?!

    We have a guy who splashes so much I've dubbed him "Sheepdog in a Kiddie Pool" b/c he's all over the place, plus he makes waves like you wouldn't believe; it's just a mess when he's there. I don't know if he does it for attention, b/c he lacks skill, or just to get his own lane b/c no one - and I mean no one -will share w/him!

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    Re: What If the Reverse Is Really True?

    Originally posted by Mark in MD

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    DAP: We have a "floating cadaver" at our pool. She is a bit ample in girth and uses a snorkel, mask and huge flippers to do her thing. We call her "The Barge" because we thought about playing ring toss on her snorkel. She doesn't like sharing lanes and haven't seen her in a while. Perhaps she got tired of us sharing her lane, passing her doing an IM, fly or whatever.

    There's a much older guy than I am whom I see every Saturday morning when I am at the pool to teach kids' lessons. He literally stands in the steam room and shadow boxes buck nekked. Once he's pretty steamed up good and red, he continues outside of the steam room, adjacent to the showers. We're waiting for him to have a coronary or stroke.

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    You owe me a new flat screen monitor as I just spit Diet Snapple all over mine.

    Hysterical! I literally have tears running down my cheeks from laughing so hard!

    Steph

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    I have been swimming on my lunch, and there is a fellow there I think of as Big Paddle Dude. He uses these huge paddles, bigger than I have ever seen. Then he puts on fins, and swims a wierd backstroke, with the fins almost touching the bottom, and his arms not fully making it up past his shoulders, so he is just kind of skimming the paddles sideways on top of the water. Everytime I see him, I think, ditch the equiptment and work on doing the stroke right..

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    Tonight at the pool, I saw one of the regular odd characters. He has a strange freestyle where he keeps his elbow constantly straight, never bent, throughout the whole stroke. Must be rough on the shoulders. That style makes a lot of noise and a lot of splash. While I'm swimming, I laugh because without even seeing him, I can hear the rhythmic sound of straight arms smacking the water.

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    :LOL:

    LOL!! Maybe you can call him "FINbar, The Paddle Boy". As for "Slow-Freestyler", I rarely see him when I swim at the university, so giving the poor guy pointers on his stroke wouldn't be easy to do.

    However, since our lovely little pet peeves thread has become somewhat of a Labeling Game, I have names for the POOLS i've swam in, here in town.

    The Socorro Aquatic Center - School District Owned aquatics center: a.k.a. "The Funky Teenage STANK-atorium", a.k.a. "El Comino (Spanish for Cumin, not to be confused with Camino, Spanish for Road) Aquatic Center." The men's locker rooms smell SO bad in there, you'd swear someone prepared Mexican Cuisine, with TONS of Cumin added. Pyoo!

    The UTEP (University of Texas, El Paso) Swimming and Fitness Center - University Pool and Gym: a.k.a. "University Pool", a.k.a "Adult Swim Aquatic Center", since the majority who swim there are adults.

    and lastly, the Fort Bliss Replica Aquatic Center (this is in a military base) a.k.a "THE Olympic Pool" a.k.a "Patriot's Long Course" a.k.a. "Master's Delight".

    We've meantioned names for pool goers, what about the pools we swim in? I know most of you have names for the YMCA pools!

    "Piece of Work" (just got this from a pool goer at the University, who used to swim at the Y long ago, Yesterday)
    "...When I dive; I won't lie, in a long-course I get high. When I train; I don't complain, train indoors whether shine or rain!"

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    Re: Re: What If the Reverse Is Really True?

    Originally posted by swimmer_steph
    You owe me a new flat screen monitor as I just spit Diet Snapple all over mine.

    Hysterical! I literally have tears running down my cheeks from laughing so hard!

    Steph
    Steph ... what I said is true! I guess I will have to give up the flat screen monitor I got for Christmas to replace yours. Doesn't yours have a guarantee against Snapple flooding?

    Sonic ... maybe you could start a Tex-Mex food stand at El Comino. Maybe some foods like " 'Fly Fajitas," etc. Nothing like having a small business to supplement your swimming needs.

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    LOL!

    I'm thinking that sounds like a good idea!

    "Breaststroke Bean Burrito" :lol: Gotta love that alliteration!

    ...or a bowl of "Freestyle Frijoles Charros"?

    "...When I dive; I won't lie, in a long-course I get high. When I train; I don't complain, train indoors whether shine or rain!"

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    Originally posted by Kae1
    Y'know, I don't know of any swimmer that wouldn't be more than happy to give you some pointers (provided you didn't interrupt them in the middle of something or anything), if you start with "wow, your technique is really good, can you give me any tips?" Again, if you catch them at the beginning or end of their workout, they'd probably be more than willing (I know I would be flattered and more than happy to help, even if it meant setting up another time to meet and go over technique).

    Kae
    Please, if you (generic) do this, ONLY catch the person before s/he starts or after s/he is finished. Don't try to chat when they stop between sets. They're likely watching the clock at these times frantically trying to catch their breath in the 15 seconds before the next send-off. Perhaps counting heartbeats as well.

    Otherwise, the person you interrut may come here and express a peeve about "Chatterbox Person" at their pool!

    There is a saying (maybe I should put it in the t-shirt thread): "If you can talk during your workout, you're not working hard enough."

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    New Pet Peeve...

    This happened to me yesterday:

    I had a GREAT swim... everything was fine, until... ACK!! Right in the shower room, I get the 12 hour stomach flu, which came unannounced and unwelcome like a "TV Mother-in-law" during a Christmas special!

    Arrgh! The ride home was terrible, I had motion sickness during the entire trip, and to top it off, I take the bus to the pool...

    Not much was done yesterday, since I was in bed, trying to keep my soup and tea in. (I won't go into detail here!)

    Luckily, by Eight O'Clock last night, I started feeling better.

    Now, I'm just weak from yesterday's episode and hope to regain my strength for tomorrow.

    Talk about something swimmers wouldn't want to experience!
    "...When I dive; I won't lie, in a long-course I get high. When I train; I don't complain, train indoors whether shine or rain!"

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    Re: New Pet Peeve...

    Originally posted by Sonic Swimmer78
    I had a GREAT swim... everything was fine, until... ACK!! Right in the shower room, I get the 12 hour stomach flu, which came unannounced and unwelcome like a "TV Mother-in-law" during a Christmas special!
    I think that a stomach flu would be terrible anywhere. I sometimes wonder what one would do on an airplane if there was a sudden onset of a stomach flu, particularly when they have the fasten seat belt sign on. There's a good probability that it has happened to someone sometime.

    On the pet peeve subject... Today I was at the pool, and there was a guy waiting for a lane. I offered to share my lane, which he accepted. He did a few circle swimming laps with me, and when I wasn't looking, he got out and was replaced with a water walker who just hopped in unannounced. So I spent a number of laps dodging the water walker until another lane opened and I moved over. You can't circle swim with a water walker, so you have to keep an eye out for where the walker is.

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    Happy Festivus!

    This concludes the "Airing of Grievances" for the Festivus 2004-05 Season. The "Trials of Strength" will be conducted on May 19-22 in Ft. Lauderdale.

    Matt

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    There's still a Matt S. around?

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    *Bump* This happened today.

    After having a good swim today, I went to the showers to wash up when I get treated to a SHOCK OF COLD water! The water heater must've shut down today because I turned the water dial all the way and still, I was freezing my keister off!

    Usually, a nice warm shower is the best part of the end of a good swim, but today was definitely not pleasant.

    On another unrelated topic about petpeeves... Almost every time I end a workout, I always get two snacks from the snack machine near the University Pool Facility's exit. I hate it when the snack machine is out of my favorite snack! Arrgh. At least that wasn't the case for me today.
    "...When I dive; I won't lie, in a long-course I get high. When I train; I don't complain, train indoors whether shine or rain!"

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    Fair Warning

    Although the webmaster has not formally closed this thread, please be advised to future contributions to it will be subject to marginal humor (my wife would characterize it as very marginal) and ridicule. I have officially declared WHINING threads to be one of my pet peeves

    Irrascibly,
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    Pet Peeves Thread

    Matt,

    Didn't mean to strike a chord with you. I was just a little annoyed about the water heater going out last week.
    "...When I dive; I won't lie, in a long-course I get high. When I train; I don't complain, train indoors whether shine or rain!"

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    Originally posted by tjburk
    Being interrupted in the middle of a killer set!!!! You're on a roll... someone leans over and asks....is the pool open for swimming? AAAGGGHHHHH!!!!! No, MO - we're swimming here because it's closed.
    lol, likewise, I can't stand it when people try and strike up a conversation with you during a workout! i.e. " so did you catch the basketball game last night?" or asking about workouts etc... right when I'm about to push off the wall for another set!
    arrrrrgh!


    and umm.... eeeeeew, thank goodness I've never seen anyone put their sweaty clothes in the swimsuit dryer!

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    Pet peeves thread

    At the risk of being subjected to "marginal" humor!

    Hate getting all showered and in my suit and walking in to the pool area to find NO WATER IN THE POOL (because I missed the teeny weeny sign posted at the front desk stating the pool is drained for maintenance).

    Cheers!
    Carpe Lacus

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    I'm more prone to complain about water that is too warm than the other way around. However, on a cold day in December - well, I couldn't get out of that water fast enough.

    It was windy and the air temperature was in the 50's. I sprinted from the locker room across the cold pool deck and jumped into what I expected to be warm water. Alas, the heater was broken and the water temperature had dropped to the high 60's. What a shocker that was!
    Jean S.

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    Re: What is your pet peeve about swimming?

    awesome thread!!

    lisa's pet peeves:

    1. drafters. i cannot stand it when someone in my lane only goes 2 seconds behind me and drafts the entire time. and refuses to pass me, even if I ask. i hate that! 10 seconds behind, people!

    2. people who swim butterfly down the center of the lane and refuse to break stroke or do a longer underwater to avoid smashing other swimmers.

    3. cheaters. there is this one person who gets in the fast lane at my masters practice who insists they can't kick, so they slack and turn around at the flags or halfway down the pool for every lap we do. please, just go on a slower interval!

    4. People who come to masters practice just to pick up prospective dates.

    5. Small showers. At one of our Y's here, the showers come up to my shoulders. And i'm 5'5! How is that supposed to get my hair clean without bending over?

    6. hocking loogies. gross.

    7. rain that forces the pool to shut down for practice.

    8. people who talk while our coach is giving the set.

    9. water bugs. have you guys seen these things? we had them in the outdoor pool at the O'Dome. They are about the size of your fist and are dark black and swim around with 2 clamper looking things. Scary!

    10. Getting excited to get in the hot tub after practice and finally getting in and it's not turned on!!

    11. when people look at me and go, "no offense, but are you a swimmer?" and i respond, "yeah, why?" and they reply, "because you have broad shoulders." Why would i take offense to that?

    12. People who try to talk during sets with gossip and whatever else. I agree with the above post that if you can talk during practice you're not working hard enough.

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