The Good News: 25 yards, lanes always open, paceclock, indoors, kickboards.
The Bad News: 84 degrees, $4.00-even with a Y card!
Details: Problem One: I had to wear my Zoomers for the whole workout because when I didn't, some underparented brat would run off with them. My quads are killing me, you little demon!
Problem Two: What should have been one normal size lane was made into two skinny ones by running a rope down it's center. In essence, I split the lane with a lane rope. It sucked. My vision is poor and my depth perception is worse. Everytime I emerged from my version of Misty Hyman's fish kick, I'd smack into one rope, overcorrect and then crash into the other one. Also, since there were only three lap swimming spaces, (circling not being an option), anxious lap swimmers would stand near the deck and stare, waiting for me to get out. This put quite adamper on my mid-set daydreaming activities.
The Good News: I don't live in Augusta.
The Bad News: The water temperature. (see details)
Details: Ahh the Y-dub. I did 4000 yards in a ninety degree pool. Severe dehydration set in after two minutes and the water fountain was tucked away in the locker room. Every three hundred yards or so I had to crawl out of the deep end like an American P.O.W on the last mile of the Bataan Death March. Slurp.
Pool: Liberty County YMCA
Good News: A brand-new, gorgeous deep 25 yard pool in a tiny town that's 45 minutes south of Savannah. Kickboards, clocks etc.
The Bad News: Have you ever heard of Hinesville?
Details: Savannah's pool situation is dire indeed, so rent a car and drive to this lush, underused Y. it's free with a Y Travel card and I always had my own lane.
If you aren't up for chit chat during practice, remember that you are a visitor in The South. More than once, a senior citizen mistook my generous intervals for rest and decided that I was ripe for conversation. It's hard to push off the wall when an old guy who proudly served his country in WW2 wants to tell you all about it. If you aren't interested in the Normandy Invasion, do a 3,000 for time.
Pool: Fowler YMCA
The Good News: 25 yards, 3 lanes are always open, paceclock, indoors, kickboards.
The Bad News: Very warm, and lots of kids.
Details: Oh, it could be a beauty- if the temperature wasn't more appropriate for defrosting hamburgers. The facility seems new, and there's even a Masters team. (AM workouts, alas, and we did not meet). I swam here on the weekends. What happened to the good old days, when children were neither seen nor heard? I was nice for ten minutes, as parents laughed and giggled while their little cherubs tried to to butterfly in my lane. Then the New York in me fought its way out and I streamlined straight into three brats, spearing them like a nursery school shish kabob. It was at this point, I believe, that I was left to my own devices.
Pasty White Skin Review: 8. It could have been worse.
Pool: Swim Atlanta
The The Good News: Three dollars admission, 25 yards, indoors, kickboards and a killer swimshop attached.
The Bad News: The locker room is medieval, and they are closed on the weekends.
Details: The names of Swim Atlanta's national champions are painted on the walls. I was so inspired that I did an extra easy fifty!
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