- Baton Rouge
Pool: A.C Lewis YMCA
Good News: Outdoor, 25 yards, six lanes, ropes, bouys, kickboards and a paceclock.
The Bad News: No gutters
Details: Well, gosh. There is an indoor pool at this Y, chilled to a frosty 90 degrees. I dipped in a big toe and died inside. Not another overheated Y pool, I sobbed, I can't take this anymore. Someone kill me, please. I put the business end of a shotgun in my mouth and the life guard saved my eternal soul. There's an outdoor pool, ma'am, she said. Oh! And so there was.
I immediately began flirting with a FINE guy over in lane one, thinking I might make him one of my husbands. Then his mother popped over and I realized that he was not yet 16 and that she was not yet my age (these things happen in Louisiana). Has it come to this? Lusting after a legal child? Oh my...I felt like quite the little pedophile!
- Pool: Louisiana State University
The The Good News: Organized workouts, a choice of two pools- the Natatorium or the Special Olympics pool, kickboards, clocks, all the usual amenities.
The Bad News: No showers in the Natatorium
Details: Well, what makes this swim situation great is Crawfish Masters, whose coach, Scott Rabalais, has let me crash numerous workouts. The team is friendly and the workouts are hard. I seem to remember a 400 IM for time one Saturday morning followed by a chunk of 200's, which were interlaced with a series of pull ups- the hands on deck, haul your ass out of the water kind.
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