Ok, venting time. I need to swim more. Triathlon season is coming. My goal is to swim 1x per week until May, and then 2x per week after that.
But, I have a problem. Actually, several problems. They are called 'water aerobics ladies'.
I probably sound like a terrible person, but the ladies who do water aerobics really piss me off. You might say 'Why are you so angry at these nice, old ladies who just want to get in a low-impact workout? You should be proud of them for being active into their old age. What if one was your own grandma?!?'
To that I would reply: My grandma is not a huge witch. These ladies are. No joke.
This is the problem - my gym has 3 locations in town, but only one pool. When there is water aerobics, they take over the pool and you can't swim laps. That is fine. They have the schedule posted, and I'm more than willing to accomodate.
But the ladies are so rude. They won't leave the pool when their class is done. They won't share a single lane for the aerobicizing, and they force unsuspecting lap swimmers to move around their flailing arms and legs. They are mean if you say anything. If you try to swim and you're in their way, they yell at you. I'm serious. Management has posted signs about their bad behavior, threatening to take away their classes if they don't quit it.
Usually I just avoid them. I used to swim from 7-8 and would tolerate their shark-like circles as they waited to take my lap lanes away from me promptly at 8am. Mind you, the circles started at 7:50. They are vicious. Anyway, lately I've been doing some cardio - either elliptical or treadmill - before I swim, so I have been choosing to swim after their class at 8:45. I only want to swim for 20-30 minutes. It's been working for me.
Until today. I show up for swimming at 8:45. The ladies are still in the pool. There are only half the lap lanes set up. Evidently they added another class from 8:45-9:30, which would be fine if they would populate the pool like this:
But no....they insisted on populating the pool like this:
Their instructor tried to get them to move, but they wouldn't move. I just got up and left. To make matters worse, there is no mention of when this extra class meets on the gym website, which means that it could happen EVERYDAY. I am going to have to swim extra early in the morning. Ugh. I'm so annoyed.
I know this is not the end of the world, but I have been dealing with these women for over a year and this was just another crappy situation to lend fuel to the fire.
Do you have any pet peeves at the gym?