A couple of new highlights today. I received my new swimming cap and was quite excited about wearing that for the first time. However, in my excitement, I packed my swimming kit ready for my lunch time swim, only to have that awful thought come over me as I’m pulling into the Leisure Centre car park, about whether I had actually put my swimming costume into my bag. Having a new swimming cap is great, but if you haven’t got anything to wear with it, it’s not so good! haha Fortunately I live about a 12 minute drive from the Pool, so off I went back home to get my missing piece of kit.
This reminds me of a story of when I was about 9 years old. We were very fortunate to have a swimming pool at Barley Mow Junior School in Birtley. The sad thing is I was so terrified of water as a child, I hated my swimming lessons with a passion, and so I did not see anything fortunate about having the pool nearby at all!! I remember coming up with a variety of excuses why I couldn’t swim each week. At one particular lesson, I remember realising in the changing room, that I hadn’t packed my swimming costume…. I had managed to pick up my brother’s trunks which were the same colour. At first I was relieved, because yet again, I had a reason for not being able to swim that week. Imagine my horror when the swimming teacher insisted I wear my brother’s trunks for the lesson!!! I was mortified! You would think it would have scarred me for life haha It’s a little ironic that I went on to become a swimming teacher myself, but I vowed I’d always treat my children with much greater respect than I had been shown on that occasion.
Another article was published in the weekly Doncaster Free Press yesterday, which I only learned about today. It appears to be exactly the same one that was in the Doncaster Star last week, but that’s OK 🙂 The Free Press captures a larger audience. It says my mileage is at 125 miles, where actually, after tomorrow morning’s swim I will be at 141 miles. It wasn’t an easy mile to swim today, because I lost valuable water time needing to go back home, but I was able to swim faster than usual and completed the mile just in time.