The weekend of 12-13 April 2014 was a particularly exciting one for Out To Swim, what with the swim camp, our vice chair's 30th birthday celebrations and a Sunday morning swim in the Olympic Aquatic Centre. I'm sure we will hear about both of the other events (including the fantastic vice chair birthday tribute that was beamed straight from swim camp onto the pages of Facebook) either poolside or on-line, but here's a quick write-up of our Olympic experience....
A brave team of 12 Out To Swimmers battled their way through crowds of runners getting ready for some joggy marathony thing to arrive at the real sporting event of the day. Despite some initial confusion over which two lanes of the competition pool were reserved for us, and a very significant danger of getting ourselves muddled up with a visiting team of Swedish children, we jumped in and ploughed through the water, working our way happily through Michelle's specially prepared set. Tom H was initially unable to find the clock but, thanks to Luke M's hawk-like vision, was guided to a pair of vast clocks looking down at us from above the diving pool. Each swimmer agreed that the fifty metre experience is quite exhilarating, although Sion O'C was heard to mutter, "yes it's great, but the pool's too long". It was particularly heartening to have swimmers of all abilities come along, from development lane through to top lane, and it just showed how a fifty metre session provides each swimmer with lots of space. What we didn't realise was that as the lengths whizzed by, Stephen L was quietly grappling with a conundrum, "how can the two 25 metre GLLAM pools divided by a boom turn into a 50 metre pool with no boom?" Julian M provided the answer and certainly got us all thinking how cleverly designed these Olympic pools are.
Three of our number had to shoot off after the swim to begin their Sundays proper, but the rest of us headed off to the "Caffe Concerto" for a well-earned breakfast. Within minutes, our shadowy corner of the caffe (sic) was drenched in bright morning sun as we chatted away about how great the Olympic centre is, but also how nothing beats a good cup of coffee.
We really hope to get back to the Aquatic Centre soon - although this was a one-off swim, it puts Out To Swim on the list of clubs interested in a more permanent slot. Be assured that your committee are trying their best to get that more regular slot!