Image via WikipediaI woke up at my normal 5am time and after 30 minutes of getting myself together including briefly scanning the morning newspaper I headed out on bike to the pool. Well after 2 or 3 false starts forgetting my bike helmet and such. I ride the 2 mile bike ride zig zagging along the morning traffic breaking a few traffic laws and such but being careful that no cars are even close by as I jot against lights. At 5:40am without much traffic I bend some of the traffic rules, just a bit. I get to the pool only to find out the chlorine levels are still high. Something is wrong with the machine that reads the pH levels which then puts chlorine in the pool. I decided to head to my gym to swim instead. I did think of heading over to Culver and pay for a lap swim but I figured I'd do a quick workout in the hope that the pool will reopen by tonights 7pm workout.
So I bike to the gym, lock the bike up against the stairs as the LA Fitness doesn't seem to have a bike rack. Seriously how much would it cost the gym to install a bike rack? It's a gym, a place that healthy people go to get healthy. Put in a damn bike rack. I go to the locker room, get my gear out and head down to the pool. I shower on deck and then find a lane. I pick the middle lane with the older lady who has a kickboard, zoomers, another set of fins, a pull bouy and paddles. I figured she knows what she is doing. I get in and wait for her to swim to the wall and let her know I'd be swimming with her would she like to split the lane. We agree and I start my warm up.
Warm up would be a good description of the pool's water. After my first 100 my body temperature is already rising as the pool is about 85 degrees. I ended up chatting with the lady lane mate and she said that this was one of the cooler days that the pool is normally around 88 degrees. She went on to tell me she heard that the water was 86 degrees F today. We continue very briefly to bitch together and she commented that the swimmers complain all the time but the blue haired social stand in the pool and do nothing seem to have more power over the pool temps. Later in my swimming a man attempted to swim in the blue haired social stand in the pool group lane and was bitched out by the old crabby folks. The man was brave and continued to swim. I was about to come to his defense and tell the old crabby standies off but at that point I was too frustrated to swim any futher and just got out.
So here is my morning workout:
300 Pull without paddles
300 Pull with paddles
2x100's Free on 1:30
2x150's Free no interval
10x50's back on 55
At least it was cooler doing backstroke. But not much. Now back to the pool itself. Whoever at LA Fitness who designed this pool is an stupid smuck. The pool has three lanes which are very narrow. Swimming side by side or even swimming in opposite directions you are way too close to your lane mate. Not hitting them even accidently is a chore. The pool is 25 yards and luckily the lane lines are standard as other than the lane lines markings there are no backstroke flags or other marks for backstrokers. Now the T at the LA Fitness pool the T is just for decoration. Who ever painted the lines to mark the lanes and turns obviously didn't know what they were doing as the T ends about 1 inch from the wall. I had figured I'd swim an easy workout but work on technique including turns and streamlines. That plan went out the window as I had to relearn at which point to begin my turn plus I had to keep my head up to find the wall and avoid other swimmers. At one point two of the three swim lanes had 3 people in each lane so I was dodging other swimmers.
Now that I'm out of the pool I have a irritated throat. God knows what was in that pool. The water was hot and murky and as I was leaving an older gentleman was getting in the pool in his underwear. Yeah, you read that right a man was going to join the swim pool in his underwear. Not a swim suit, trunks or any other water type clothing but just regular dirty old briefs. Damn LA Fitness on La Cienega this is the last time I swim at the pool again.
Odd...no violations from the LA County Dept of Public Health on the pool but they did have violations in the showers and elsewhere. Of course they only test the pools once a year and in this case it was in April of 2008.
That may change as someone might have reported this pool online as a violation. That someone may have been me.