Overheard a discussion about swimming today and was kind of taken aback. So much so, that I kept my mouth shut rather than jumping in on a couple of strangers. The individuals in question were discussing triathlon training and referred to someone else they knew who swam for exercise as "Just a lap swimmer" with a kind of dismissive wave of the hand. First, there's nothing wrong with being "just a lap swimmer." Swimming is great exercise, after all.
But what else brought me up short was, "How in hell would you know?"
If you looked at my training of a weekday morning, you'd see a middle-aged lady seriously given to enbonpoint with no gear but a watch going back and forth in the pool -- sometimes faster, sometimes a little slower, but pretty steadily swimming for between 45 minutes and an hour and a half. No gear but cap and goggles. Sometimes a water bottle. Certainly no kickboards, pull buoys, paddles or fins.*
Friends, 90% of my training is *gasp* swimming laps!
While not yet a marathon swimmer, I'm certainly a real and for true open water swimmer. I sign up for and swim real events and everything. (Though is it bad I like my training swims with my husband kayaking beside me better?)
So, am I a *dismissive wave* lap swimmer?
And so what if I were?
* Nuttin' wrong with any of that stuff. I just... don't. That's all.