No, I am not talking about my arms
On Sunday after watching Docherty rip it up at the Sydney World Cup I headed down to the pool full of motivation and feeling pretty good about the day. I had a scheduled easier swim of some long 800′s with all the gear on.
Do a bit of a warm up, then strap the paddles on and off I go. There is not many people in the pool, about 4 others I think, two people swimming and a couple of kids. Rep 1 down, that felt ok, time for the next one.
After about 150m at the far end I do my usual impression of a flip turn and see a body lying at the bottom of the pool next to the exit ladder. That’s funny I think to my self, I havent seen anyone down there before, keep on swimming, get back to the end again. Shit, that body is still there, now, I have a good look as I am turning and swimming away this time, the body is dead still, just floating at the bottom of the pool, the arms kind of drifting in space.
Ah, got it, I know what it is, its one of those mannequin things. Then I start thinking to my self, what if it is a real person, I am swimming up and down, this person has drowned two lanes over from me and I am too selfish to have a good look to see whats happening. But whats a mannequin doing lying in the pool????
3rd time past, yeah definetly a mannequin, absolutely no movement, no it could be a person, shit…. no it cant be
4th time through, man, I got to stop and have a proper look, what ever is floating beside me at the bottom of the pool is seriously starting to stress me out. I stop, look over to where the life guard is just about to yell out to him, then I get this sense to look back at the body, I do a double take, and the body is moving and this guy pops his head out of the water like nothing has happended.
Crikey (not exactly what I said, but I will keep it clean), I am too embarrassed to say anything to the guy, he looked fine, so I start swimming and carry on. Not sure WTF he was doing, as he didnt do it again, maybe practising to hold his breath to impress the ladies…?
Moral of the storey: dont float at the bottom of a pool