Pool: The Downtown YMCA
The Good News: six lanes, 25 yards, paceclocks, kickboards, pull buoys, all lanes are roped.
The Bad News: The water is a bit warm and parking downtown is a bitch.
Details: Coming from a week of workouts at the Prospect YMCA, a pool so horrid and evil that I may change my religion, this Y pool in Minneapolis was a feast for my eyes. To truly appreciate having a lane to one's self, one needs to share a lane in a twenty yard pool with four non- swimmers who resent your every flip turn. I had a mild flu, but still I swam hard all week because how could I pass up this opportunity? I can be sick next week, when I'm back in Brooklyn.
Pasty White Skin Review: High 8's from the judges.
Pool: Ridegeway YMCA
The Good News: 25 yards, kickboards, paceclocks
The Bad News: Only a few of the lanes are marked off for lap swim and the rest go to children.
Details: If you don't know how I feel about kids, you must be a first time reader. Let me clue you in: I hate them. They pee in the pool, they dash in and out of the lap lanes and they love to finger my equipment. Plus they make noise and their goggles never fit right on their tiny heads. And they represent hope for the future, and I hate hope more than I hate kids. Aside from that, this pool is fine. I left my swimsuit in the spinner, sent a SASE and they mailed it back to me. I wouldn't normally take this one over the Downtown Y, but parking was a nightmare on Saturday so I drove to the suburbs.
Pasty White Skin Review: 9 1/2. Whoa.
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