Last night at the pool I had a shadow swimmer in the lane next to me. Normally this would irritate the heck out of me because these people are either (a) trying to race you, (b) trying to copy your workout, or (c) just plain annoying. This guy was different. He's an older guy. I see him at the pool all the time. He's always there with his fins and paddles on swimming countless laps. I don't think he's training for anything, I think he just likes to swim.
Yesterday, he was neck-in-neck with me for about 3/4 of my 50 minute swim. As first I thought it was just a fluke, like we had gotten in the same rhythm. I didn't think it wouldn't last. Then after 50 laps of being side by side, I knew he was there to stay. For whatever reason I actually appreciated his company. He kept me in check when I started to get tired because I secretly didn't want him to beat me. And it made my workout go by alot faster...mentally and physically. It's funny how the mere presence of a person, without ever saying a word, can make your workout that much better.
He stopped about 15 minutes before I was done with my workout and he motioned for me to stop too. So, I popped my head up and he introduced himself as "Joe." He profusely thanked me for swimming with him and pacing his workout. He told me he has asthma and that I kept him right on the brink. He said he hoped I didn't mind that he was swimming with me and honestly I didn't. In all reality I felt like I was swimming with him. I rather appreciated his company. It's nice to make new pool friends and to feel appreciated that your mere presence helped someone out (even though it was unintentional).
And in honor of this feel good moment, I have declared today the official "Hug A [Rev3] Triathlete Day." So, go get all hyped up on your beta endorphins and hug your favorite triathlete today!
HAVE A WONDERFUL THURSDAY!