Apartment Aquatic Awkwardness: A bona fide method of disrupting the normal flow of public entertainment and gain ample amounts of annoyed glances – all while swimming in a sub-par aquatic facility.
Awkward is taking photos of yourself at a public pool.
Last week, I was in Reno staying with my sister at her new apartment. I had a swim on my training schedule and after asking my little sister about where I could swim, she assured me, “Oh you can swim in our pool! It’s 25 meters and has swim lanes!”
I love my little sister, but to be honest, I was doubting the legitimacy of her claims. An apartment that has a full lap pool? What lux complex was she living in?! You fancy, huh? I gave her the benefit of the doubt and made my way to the pool in the early evening.
I entered the gated pool area and immediately realized that her perception of what made up a lap pool had been severely inaccurate. This pool was not only small, but it must have been anywhere between 15 and 20 yards and while it had lane lines on the bottom of the pool, there were no actual lanes in sight. Instead, the pool and surrounding areas were littered with a couple proudly displaying too much PDA, moms talking loudly on cell phones, a gaggle of young girls playing across the entire pool, and a creepy old man watching on. Lovely, just lovely.
With the clock ticking before I had to leave for dinner, I had no choice.
MOVE OUT OF THE WAY, CHILDREN! We’re going swimm-annnng!
My “I will never see these people again” mentality kicked in, I chose a side of the pool and put on my serious face. Well, as serious as someone swimming in a mini-pool could be.
For the next forty minutes, I successfully achieved Apartment Aquatic Awkwardness as I navigated around Little Mermaid reenactments, underwater handstand contests, the PDA-couple doing what PDA-couples do, and switching directions more often than I cared to count, all while I felt as if they watched on with glares wondering WTF I was doing. It was officially the most awkward swim yet.
But hey, I suppose it’s like they say…when there’s a will; there’s a way.
What is the strangest place that you’ve ever gone swimming?
In other more serious news, I’m honored to be featured as Women’s Running Magazine’s Blogger on the Run feature today! Yes this entire post was about swimming, but you know my true love is still running. You can check out the interview here.
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