Pool: Scottsdale YMCA
The The Good News: Free with a Y card, outdoor pool, a few lane ropes.
The Bad News: The pool is heated to a toasty 90 degrees. I shit you not. No gutters.
Details: Well, when it's 110 in the shade, I guess a 90 degree pool is refreshing. It's better than a 92 degree pool. It's better than hell- a little. But, really- why? Why Scottsdale Y, why?
- Pool: Cactus Aquatic & Fitness Center Pool
The The Good News: Holy Christ on a cross people, this pool rocks. It costs a DOLLAR. (That's 1.10 in Euro). Two pools, on 25 yard, one fifty meter. All roped. paceclocks up the ass, kickboards.
The Bad News: The locker room could use a scrub.
Details: I didn't believe my ears. A dollar to swim in heaven? Hey Chelsea Piers, you overpriced piece of shit pool in New York City ($50.00 to drop in for a swim), this is a POOL, you bitch! So much aquatic real estate that even when it's packed, everyone gets their own lane. And you get a tan. All for a dollar. SHAME ON YOU, EVERY OTHER POOL IN AMERICA! SHAME SHAME SHAME.
- Pool: Hillenbrand Aquatic Center
The The Good News: The works. A beauty. Fifty meters with a huge masters team that let me join the noon workout.
The Bad News: A noon workout in an outdoor pool in Arizona. Melanoma, here I come!
Details: Thank you to the Masters coach who let me work out with his team. We did 10 x 200 freestyle on a moderate interval and I cried silent breaststroker's tears in my goggles.
Oh, I just revisted this pool and I love it even more. Hours to the public for lap swim are M-F 11:30 to 1:30. The Masters team starts at noon.
- Pool: Lohse YMCA
The The Good News: Free with a Y card, 25 yards, kickboards, clocks, six lanes.
The Bad News: An open roof. If there is a .000001 percent chance of lightening, they close the pool, and the water is a YMCAesque warm.
Details: Hillenbrand is right up the street, but if you insist on going to the Y, at least stop by the Hotel Congress for coffee. it's right around the corner. Do take advantage of the jacuzzi in the locker room, though.
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