Friday 20th September 2013

Workout Soundtrack: Converge – ‘Jane Doe’ (on the way back from he pool)

61m warm-up (freestyle)

40×30.5m 25:32 (freestyle)

61m warm-down (freestyle)

Smethwick Baths. 30.5m...and haunted!

Smethwick Baths, West Midlands. Built in 1933.

(NB: I’m writing this using WordPress for Android which I have never used before…let’s see how this goes!)

I’m visiting with my Ma this weekend and so it was I found myself swimming in a different pool. Smethwick Baths was built in 1933 and as it is a very unusual kind of pool to swim in I don’t know my exact time through 1km! The pool is 30.5m so I didn’t check my watch until lap 33 of 40, I think it read 20:15 or thereabouts. Another thing to add is that the building is rumoured to be haunted…Google it!

The pool has strange water movment that I’ve never experienced before – swimming up the pool is like swimming into a gently incoming tide which obviously means that swimming back down you feel like the ‘tide’ is propelling you forwards! Furthermore, the pool is underneath a very high, arched ceiling that has single glazed skylights at each end. This causes the first 10-15m of the shallow end to be much warmer than the rest of the pool as it catches sunlight for most of the day. It took me about 18 laps of the 40 to get used to all of these changes but I really enjoyed the experience, if you’re ever in the area I highly recommend you try out this pool – it’s awesome!

I’m going to try out another different pool tomorrow, however there is nothing special about it as it’s a standard 25m short course pool that was built in the early 1990s. This particular pool is located near to my Nan’s house who I will be visiting tomorrow afternoon and evening. It may be that I end up doubling up and returning to Smethwick Baths in the morning before swimming in the short course pool in the evening – I’ll see how I feel tomorrow!

That’s all for today folks. Hope you have all had a wonderful start to the weekend! Until the ‘morrow, adieu 🙂

Peace & Blessings x

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