I heard through the grapevine that The Wreck Center had evening open swim again. The Wreck Center is my nickname for one of St. Louis city's recreation centers and it's a wreck because the information on the website is outdated, the lifeguards like to rough house with the kids and water might get slammed in your face by a kid displacing water with a kick board. There are other reasons it's a wreck but I still like the joint.
I called before I headed out today and, sure enough, The Wreck Center was open until 6 p.m. When I got there, some kids from the MO School For The Blind were already in the pool. I waited until they got out because that's what I had been told was the rule before. So, I swam from about 5 to 5:55 p.m.
I practiced on my front crawl breathing and was surprised when the lifeguard asked me if I was a teacher.
Me: No, I've been swimming for about a year and a half.Internally, I was saying wow. I had actually been feeling self-conscious -- thinking that I was looking clumsy and awkward.
Lifeguard: I would have never guessed. You have a graceful stroke.
I remember watching an episode of Dr. Phil and he said that we think we have a target on our backs, but we don't...
As I was leaving, the same lifeguard told me that she was looking for someone to train with and wants someone that will push her. Ha, ha. She wants to train for some triathlon in Naperville, IL.
I must look like a pusher.