When I got to the gym to swim last week, all the lanes were full (full meaning 2, or more swimmers) except for one. I kicked off my sandals near the edge of the pool, waded into the water, and made my way to the lane where a middle aged man was preparing to start his laps.
“Hey, do you mind sharing this lane?” I asked.
He looked at me. “Maybe you’d be better off in the next lane over,” I looked over and saw two old ladies power walking in the pool.
“Um, those ladies aren’t even swimming,” I said, feeling my face get hot with a mix of annoyance and anger.
“I know,” he looked at me blankly “but I’m going to be swimming really fast. I just figured those ladies might be more your speed.”
I was stunned speechless. I could not believe that this guy thought he could tell how good of a swimmer I was just by looking at me. This was gymtimidation at its best.
“I’m just making a suggestion…” he said defensively.
“You’re not making a ‘suggestion‘ you’re making an assumption,” I replied flatly.
I could have explained to him that when a girl grows up in California with a pool in her back yard and takes swimming lessons for 5+ years, there’s a pretty good chance she can swim, even if she is plus size. But he wasn’t worth my energy. Instead I pulled my goggles over my eyes and swam at a good speed in his lane for 30 minutes.
People are so annoying… in other news, I lost 3 pounds this week!
This Weeks Work Outs: 3
Pounds Lost: 3
Weekly Goal: to get a swim, walk/run and yoga class in this week.
How’d you guys do?
25 thoughts on “Work Out Wednesday: When You Assume….”
OMG. I would have punched him. For real. As a swimmer, I HATE people who are asshats and don't want to share lanes, for whatever reason. I'm fuming for you!
On a happier note, congrats on the loss- that's awesome!
First off, congrats on the loss!
I love that you stood up to him! The damnnit nerve of some people, especially some in fitness environments – who can only assume other people's capabilities.
What an a$$hole!! I'd have told him to go bleep himself. Argh!
But yes, let's not let that overshadow your 3lb loss, good for you!!
What a jerk! At least you kept your cool about it, I would have lost it and told him to F off or something that surely would have caused a scene.
Congrats on the poundage lost!
i hope you stayed in that lane and out swam him.
I avoid the fitness center @ home because of gymtimidation (great word BTW). I guess I should man up and take charge like you did. I'm impressed.
Just ignore the ignorant man. Congrats on your weight los
Congrats on the 3lbs. And keeping your cool…I would have began a lecture to him about A. how big of a douche he was B. how his words and mind by extension were singlehandedly making the world a worse place and that C. that if I accidentally kicked him in the nuts while passing going opposite directions, he only had himself to blame (and then I might have thrown one of his sandals into the deep end…Just Sayin'
How rude! I hope you passed him up during your swim.
Yay for 3lbs gone!
Atta girl. I'm so proud of you. Especially since I would have probably just… left.
Yay for the weight loss! I just hit 30 minutes of running straight so I'm moving forward too 🙂
I'm rude so I would have thrown ignorance back and said something along the lines of…"You look pretty beat up for your age and that big head of yours must weigh you down so I think I can handle your so called speed." but again, I'm rude.
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