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    Originally posted by swimlong
    my swimming pet peeves:

    people who insist on swimming when they have colds

    I guess I get on your good side, haven't been in the water since last week because of this darn cold!!! Course I have been driving......

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    Originally posted by swimlong


    people who take off just before you turn, even though they know you are way faster than they are
    Ooooohhh... You hit a sore spot with that one. I'm with you there, swimlong!

    Isn't it tempting to grab their heel and pull them back with one of your strokes? Just pull yourself right by them!

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    I do not like the people doing water aerobics. However, If I am swimming with slow peole in the same lane that doesn't bother me. Generally, as long as they keep moving or I can figure out what they're doing, I'm okay.

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    My pet peeve...

    foggy goggles

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    Originally posted by swimlong
    when shampoo leaks all over my gym bag (happens a lot to me...)
    Good one. This happens to me, too. It's especially bad when the shampoo gets all over your goggles.

    Here's one, and forgive me if it's already been mentioned: pools with lots of dirt and other garbage on the bottom. Or even worse, floating loogies. Yuck!

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    The one and only thing I don't like about swimming!....Dry, itchy skin in the winter due to the chlorine and one too many hot showers!

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    Originally posted by knelson
    Good one. This happens to me, too. It's especially bad when the shampoo gets all over your goggles.

    Here's one, and forgive me if it's already been mentioned: pools with lots of dirt and other garbage on the bottom. Or even worse, floating loogies. Yuck!
    Ewwwww!!!! Floating LOOGIES?!?! That's NOT riiiiiiiiight! :LOL:



    foggy goggles


    - seagurl51
    Don't I know it! It's worse when you have aphakia* (I had my crystalline lenses removed from both eyes due to cataracts when I was born)

    aphakia* absence of crystalline lens in the eye.

    I sure hope I don't get any fogging when I get my new prescription goggles.
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    SWIMR4LIFE......

    I totally know what you mean! I hate the chemically dried skin! But you give and you take right?

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    Originally posted by Fitswimmer04
    I know what you mean-there's a lady at my pool that does some kind of modified breaststroke in the slow lane without putting her head in the water. She gets annoyed if someone in the lane next to her splashes-it gets her hair wet!! ( I guess a bathing cap would be too simple.) It's good that she comes and exercises, but the swimmers in the next lane have a right to "do their thing" too.
    Duh.... I'm in a swimming pool and there is splashing around me. Who would have guessed THAT???!!!???!!!
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    Originally posted by swimlong
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    when shampoo leaks all over my gym bag (happens a lot to me...)

    ......

    people who take off just before you turn, even though they know you are way faster than they are ......

    1. I had that happen once too. It is a real pain. Now, I keep my shampoo in a ziploc bag in my swimming bag. It has opened accidentally, but now stays in the ziploc.

    2. Huge pet peeve of mine. Someone who is so worried about their interval that they screw you up! I figure if I am working out alone, I will put off my interval by 5 seconds or so to give me space in the lane.
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    Originally posted by swimr4life
    The one and only thing I don't like about swimming!....Dry, itchy skin in the winter due to the chlorine and one too many hot showers!
    I go through gallons of lotion in the winter.....
    Go Steelers!

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    Originally posted by Scansy
    Duh.... I'm in a swimming pool and there is splashing around me. Who would have guessed THAT???!!!???!!!
    I have a friend who doing her work-out and she was on an IM set. She was concentrating on her work-out, the pool was not crowded but there was one of those dry haired ladies next to her.
    In the middle of her set, she noticed that everytime she butterflied past this lady, this lady would frown and splash at her with her hands. The lady continued this through her whole IM set. So she and I laugh when we swim next to each other and do the little ewwww and splash at each other!

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    Re: My pet peeve...

    Originally posted by Seagurl51
    foggy goggles
    Although, to borrow a phrase from Dave Barry, that would make a great name for a rock band.

    My pet peeve: Getting to the pool at 6 a.m. and finding it already too crowded, having to wait 30 min. to swim, only to have to leave 30 min. later.

    Grrr...
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    Not a top-tier peeve, but a lesser peeve.

    Some people who push off the wall to start each length don't push off under water. They do so on the surface. This causes a huge initial wave. That wave sloshes over to ajacent lanes. In itself it's reall no big deal, but sometimes the timing is just right that they take off just as I am coming into the wall for my flip turn, and their wave makes a direct hit just as I am taking that last big breath before the turn... If they had left a second earlier, or a second later, then no problem. If I had been taking that breath to the opposite side, no problem. So there is really a very narrow window where everything comes together just right (or wrong, from my perspective) to be a problem.

    Don't they know that the surface-level push off is terribly inefficient anyway?

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    One of my pet peeves: when the pool staff decides to take down and leave down the backstroke flags and nobody knows why. Don't they realize some people swim backstroke? grrrr
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    Pools that seem never to have considered the fact that adult competitive swimmers need to practice their starts just like kids do.

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    OH YEAH!

    OOH I hate those orange Block covers!!! THEY MAKE ME SOOO MAD!!!

    I need to learn too darnit!
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    Originally posted by bckstrker
    One of my pet peeves: when the pool staff decides to take down and leave down the backstroke flags and nobody knows why. Don't they realize some people swim backstroke? grrrr
    Hint for when there are no backstroke flags.

    In most (MOST) pools, the lane lines are a different color the last few yards to the wall. The change in color generally occurs at the same distance from the wall that the backstroke flags would have been.

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    Having to swim in the lane next to "The Abyss" which is the covered deep end. It's downright creepy and I keep hearing the X Files theme in my head ...

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    OK, unsure if someone already posted this or not (not enough computer time...which relates to my peeve):

    Not having enough time to swim. I'm way too busy with work/school/kids to get more than ONE day per week...plus, my wife and I both swim, so we decided to each get one day per week and hope to try and fit in another each...which hasn't happened yet.

    So if you swim more than once a week, and you love it as much as I do, then you're lucky, at least in my eyes!
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