Today’s tidbit of advice….just because someone looks like a pro, don’t assume they are.
Here’s the back story to that advice. It’s actually a slightly funny story.
Rewind almost 24 hours. I arrive at my local swimming hole to do my “typical” swim set. 2500 yards. Nothing special. A warm up, a nice kick set, a pull set, some 50’s, some 100’s and a couple of 250’s. Like many triathletes, I go to the pool arms loaded with supplies. Water bottle. Workout in plastic ziplock bag. Fins. Kick board. Pull buoy. Goggles. Team Trakkers visor (it’s now a retro clothing item). The requisite triathlon race shirt.
There were lots of kids doing swim practice, so I had to jump in and share a lane with a younger lady and a dude who appeared to be roughly my age (of course, he could have been 20 years younger than me – but anyone who looks post-adolescent and pre-retirement is “roughly” my age).
I swam off and did my warm-up. As I was stretching and getting ready to start the main set, the guy started hitting me up with questions.
“Why do you have those fins?”
“Every time I swim, my legs sink. What should I do differently?”
“I need new goggles. What kind are yours?”
Some of his questions were easy, low hanging fruit (like the goggles question). Other questions required a master’s degree in swimming to answer. Luckily, John – one of the swim team coaches – was on the deck right behind us and stepped in to help.
But seriously – what the heck was this guy doing? I’m no Michael Phelps. No Ryan Lochtey. I’m not a 50 minute iron swimmer. I’m the slow guy who starts at the back right of every wave. The one who is excited to go 1:45 per 100 yards. The one who learned how to swim bilaterally only last summer. Who did he think he was asking for advice?
Well – I don’t ultimately know if I helped the guy out, or if he’ll drown as a result of my tips. Either way, I was sort of flattered that he asked me questions. Made me feel like I wasn’t such a “newbie”. I guess I looked the part. I only play a “real” swimmer on TV.
I sure hope that guy doesn’t drown. 🙂