They are not many people around me who have learnt to swim efficiently, so they usually are not enjoying it. Hence the fact I have been practicing alone most often. Or with my mom. My mom’s been my unofficial coach for years - still is, when we’re together. She’s the only person who swims longer than I do, and alongside whom I feel pretty lame. (Maybe I should swim with more talented folks!)
I don’t have a very steady practice, but last July I enjoyed going to the swimming pool few mornings a week, for a regular 1200m. While approaching the pool trying to fix my hair under that stupid swimming cap, a quick glance at the lines and the fateful question: Fast or Slow track?
No matter the time of the day, I have been observing that trend: women who swim fast head to the Slow track first. Men who swim slow head to the Fast track first.
The first time there, I was no different. I didn’t take time to evaluate the speed of people in the water: instead, I just came across that big word “FAST” on the sign and froze, as if Michael Phelps could unexpectedly show up in his Speedos, and thus this line had to remain ready for that eventuality.