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    Swim Rant

    here you go, the thread you've been waiting for

    SWIM RANT

    RANT to your hearts content about aspects of
    SWIMMING and SWIMMERS that bug YOU

    I encourage you to be good natured and hilarious

    you may find it cathartic

    Ande
    Last edited by ande; July 5th, 2006 at 03:33 PM.

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    Ooh, a topic near and dear to my heart.

    First, I'd like to rant against people who take off band-aids in the pool and leave them floating around. Gross.

    Second, I'd like to rail against people who put sweaty gym clothes in the swimsuit spinner to dry them out. Nasty.

    Third, I'd like to petition against folks on this board who state all that is wrong with USMS but aren't members. Annoying.

    I feel better now, cleansed.

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    Originally posted by aquageek
    Ooh, a topic near and dear to my heart.

    Second, I'd like to rail against people who put sweaty gym clothes in the swimsuit spinner to dry them out. Nasty.

    I feel better now, cleansed.
    The swimsuit spinner in my locker room has a sign on it saying that it is for swim suits and not to put trash in it. Apparently some people mistook its function.
    Jean S.

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    Really, people do that with the spinner, ewwwww.

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    Pool personnel cleaning the pool and missing the large ball of hair that floats by making you think there is an eclipse.

    Noodler instructors moving the pace clock mid-set.

    Not being able to practice starts even though we could probably still do one in a 3-foot pool, pike dive no less.
    Last edited by A.K.; July 5th, 2006 at 03:16 PM.
    Thanks,

    A.K.

    Don't Panic!

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    People who can't swim straight annoy me. Lane hogs.

    People who give piss poor swimming advice to other swimmers annoy me. All too often I hear people in nearby lanes giving advice to other swimmers that is not worthy of repeating. I am sure these people mean well and they think they know what they are talking about, but everybody would be much better off if they just kept it to themselves. A most recent example was to lead the pull with your elbow, the faster your arm moves through the water the faster you will go.

    People who hold their suits in the spinner for 30 seconds. In my experience, a quick 5 second spin works quite well and more time only serves to annoy those waiting behind you.

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    People who try to race you during the drill set. Or those who don't understand yet that going ALL OUT for every single set (including the recovery ones) won't make them faster in the long run.

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    Oh AMEN to the people not leaving the full 5 seconds behind you! It sucks when you're constantly getting your toes tapped!

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    I always love the people(one's that don't swim well) that push off the wall, right as you are doing a flip turn.
    One would think that they would wait til you either stopped or pushed off before they do, but nope.

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    So many pet peeves ... one that comes to mind is when we're doing a 10 x _ _ _ kind of set and on the first few repeats somebody a little faster than me will just blow me away while I kill myself trying to stay in it. Then, I start to narrow the gap and when I think I have finally ground them down over the long set and will "win", they get out and leave ! Either they didn't want to get caught by me, or the reason they were going so fast was because they knew they were only doing a part of the set/workout anyhow.

    A variation is when they sit out a repeat and put on fins.

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    We'll be doing some kind of short-rest "benchmark" set to show progress from one month to the next. Mid-set, the person in front of me will wait until it's his turn to start a repeat, will hesitate for 5-10 seconds (blowing my send-off) and then decide to sit out the repeat. Or he decides to swim breastroke as a recovery repeat mid-set but still goes in front in a 6'-wide lane.

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    Fins are one of my biggest annoyances. You know the type, they swim sans fins for a few hundred, come in panting to the wall, put on some fins, and then leave the wall every time I do. Arggg!
    It is quite satisfying to keep up with or pass somebody using fins though...that makes it all worthwhile.

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    I'm on a roll...

    How about the lanemates that seem to have raw garlic and onions every day for lunch, or have gum disease ?

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    How about the large and fast swimmers who create a huge wake forcing me into the lane rope? Now that is annoying!

    Or how about when your stuff gets stolen in the locker room?

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    Originally posted by nkfrench
    Mid-set, the person in front of me will wait until it's his turn to start a repeat, will hesitate for 5-10 seconds (blowing my send-off) and then decide to sit out the repeat.
    Obviously he's waiting for you to take over the lead so he can then draft off you for a while! Actually, by you not going on your sendoff, you're the one messing up his set

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    I hate people cutting through the middle of the pool. I always inform them that there is a reason why there are lap lanes. I makes me so mad, that I'm mad now just thinking about it.

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    Pet Peeve

    Middle aged people who workout for more than an hour a day 4-5 days a week.

    Get a life !


    John Smith

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    Re: Pet Peeve

    Originally posted by TheGoodSmith
    Middle aged people who workout for more than an hour a day 4-5 days a week.

    Get a life !


    John Smith

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    Middle aged people who don't need to work out more than an hour a day 4-5 days a week to swim extremely fast.

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    Re: Pet Peeve

    Originally posted by TheGoodSmith
    Middle aged people who workout for more than an hour a day 4-5 days a week.
    People who can swim incredibly fast despite working out less than 4-5 days a week for an hour or less

    Dang, beat by gull by one minute!

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