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Dear Mr. Brute - We're Not So Different


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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

This week, I've been dragging a little bit. I keep hitting snooze on my alarm and going back to bed. Monday, I was late getting in the pool so I only did a half swim (15 mins). Fast & furious 500m, which left me a little dizzy. Good thing I packed peanut butter on whole wheat...devoured IMMEDIATELY after that swim.

Yesterday, I literally rolled out of my bed at 6:15am and my spin class starts at 6:30...on the other side of town. Guess what? I still went. Bad. A*s. So glad I didn't skip that one...because it was a great workout.

So, this morning...I was bound and determined to make up the 15 mins I missed on Monday. I had planned a 45 min swim, rather than my usual 30 mins. That extra 15 mins was pretty rough. You might think it's because my body was not ready for it...nope, you'd be wrong.

In order to explain both the suckage of the final 15 mins of my workout, as well as lessons learned, I feel a change in format would be appropriate. Please feel free to read my mail...a letter I'm sending to one Mr. Brute.

Dear Mr. Brute,

You showed up in my lane when I just had 16 lengths to go.

First of all, how do you swim in gold chains? Why don't you take your jewelry off when you get in the pool? Don't you worry about it getting tarnished or ruined?

Secondly, I don't understand how it's possible, but as soon as you got in the pool and swam one length, I could literally smell and taste your cologne for the rest of my swim. How is that even possible? Considering, I don't have the superpower of breathing underwater?

Last, and definitely not least, why do you swim like a brute? Your crazy thrashing and flailing of your arms and legs created the biggest tidal waves I've ever seen in that pool. Do you know that you are wasting SO much energy and you could do a lot more if you'd just chill out? And, thank you very much, as I gently glided through the water and went to breathe over my shoulder, I was not greeted with pure, sweet oxygen...but, rather, an entire mouth and lung full of chlorine cologne water. You might have noticed me choking at the end of the lane if you weren't too busy parting the Red Sea.

Ahhhh, my apologies. This is so mean. Let's look at the positives...you showed up at a public pool at 7:30 in the morning. You did ASK me if you could share the lane (which is one of the most intimidating aspects of swimming in public, if you ask me). I clearly said, "Yes." So I suppose some of the blame goes to me.

And I suppose I should give you credit for doing what so many are too afraid to do. Even if you did waste energy with your chopping strokes, it's so much better than just rolling over in bed and sleeping another hour...or sitting on the couch for hours upon hours playing video games.

You know, I should apologize for my cruel assessment of you and commend you for doing something for yourself. And, hey...about the cologne, at least you care what you smell like. So many guys don't. Good for you.

Let's also acknowledge the fact that, when I actually do end up making it to a real triathlon, the swim will most likely be in open water with hundreds, if not thousands, of other athletes. And if the biggest worry I have is gulping water because of waves from other swimmers, I'll be in pretty damn good shape. Come to think of it, maybe you should accidentally kick me in the face next time we share a lane...you know....training and preparation for reality and all that.

I suppose we have a bit more in common than I care to admit. Listen, fella...you go out there and kick some a*s. I'll see you in the pool soon, buddy.

Your friend,

Leah
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SERASARA 1/2/2013 9:27PM

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 12/13/2012 5:56AM

    So many of us could learn so much from your attitude............as well as your determination.

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..thanks!!!!!!!!!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/9/2012 7:43PM

    That's funny!

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KATHIC2 12/9/2012 10:48AM

  Sharing a lane is sooooo hard! Glad you can refocus!

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JULIA1154 12/8/2012 10:41PM

  Been there. Congrats on a great job of re-framing the situation.


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AMARILYNH 12/8/2012 5:55PM

    Great attitude!!

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COLETTEISGREAT 12/8/2012 5:59AM

    Awesome! Love it!

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FUN2BAROUND 12/7/2012 4:19PM

    OMG! This is so funny and I can SOOOO relate! Thanks for putting into words how freaking strange it is to be in this situation! And I love your sense of humor....and your positive spin on things!
Good luck - and hope you get your OWN lane next time!

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PHEBESS 12/7/2012 4:06PM

    LOL - love your attitude, and I've met swimming brute guy!

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ALEXESQ33 12/7/2012 2:02PM

    Wow what an amazing attitude. This made me cry. You are an amazing person!!

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BLESSED2BEME 12/7/2012 11:46AM

    Perspective can either make us soar or sink. You are soaring!

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OPTIMIST1948 12/7/2012 11:32AM

    What doofus puts on cologne before heading to the gym. You're going to shower afterwards and need to put it right back on??!? Still, love the positive attitude!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 12/7/2012 10:52AM

    Love it. I think I shared a lane with the same guy. emoticon

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FIRECOM 12/7/2012 9:01AM

    Your altitude is determined by your attitude. Girl, you are soaring to new heights.

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DOODIE59 12/7/2012 8:44AM

    You have a great attitude. Thank you for taking the time to turn the story around, which reminds all of us that there are two sides to every story -- that's an important life lesson:)
Deirdre

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BLUEJEAN99 12/7/2012 1:55AM

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PCASEY7 12/6/2012 11:16PM

    Good blog!

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DALID414 12/6/2012 10:35PM

    Omg! I was lol like a mad women!! Awful, yet hilarious! emoticon Way to see the positive side of things.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/6/2012 9:41PM

    Parting the Red Sea..............BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHA!

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MARYSUE39 12/6/2012 6:24PM

  I love how you can still see the positive in what was truly a negative situation. And for the life of me, I am still baffled every time I get in the pool next to one of the older aqua aerobics ladies and I can still smell their perfume. I thought the chlorine would kill everything! One of life's mysteries, I guess. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 12/6/2012 3:58PM

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CARAMELSMOM 12/6/2012 3:49PM

    It was really nice of you to share your lane. I don't think I could do it. Of course my old style breast (or is it butterfly) stroke means the lane has to accommodate my full arm span. If I don't swim in the center of the lane I risk one hand going under the lane marker. emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 12/6/2012 3:11PM

    You're abilitiy to see positives and negatives to an adjustment to your swim time real emoticon ly makes your life better, certainly smoother and calmer.

Thanks for making me smile today!

Karen

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NEWTINK 12/6/2012 2:58PM

    Omg you are to funny emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 12/6/2012 1:54PM

    Lols!

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DIANNEMT 12/6/2012 11:54AM

    Based on what my brother has said--yeah, the swim is like being in a blender...

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LOLAINSC 12/6/2012 11:48AM

    That blog was absolutely adorable! How much lovelier life would be if we spent less time judging and criticising what others do wrong and made more effort to accept and appreciate them--warts, cologne and all--it won't change the other guy's life, but it sure would make ours so much sweeter.
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LIVELYGIRL2 12/6/2012 10:47AM

  Your beyond clever. I say technique move over, DRIVE is king.
Wonderful you got that lump out of bed!!! Your a winner for sure....

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DNRAE1 12/6/2012 10:36AM

    So glad you turned the negative into a positive! It gets rid of all the stress and made us all laugh!!!! emoticon But......chains and cologne for a swim???? emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/6/2012 9:37AM

    I loved it. My Mom has always told me look for the positive in the adversities.

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HEARTS116 12/6/2012 9:37AM

    Great blog!!
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OFGREENGABLES 12/6/2012 9:21AM

    thanks for the morning laugh and inspiration

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SIMOFDIM 12/6/2012 9:18AM

    You rock! I love the way you turned that around! Keep it up!

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PENOWOK 12/6/2012 9:10AM

    Ah!! The flip side of the coin that you describe so well! Good for you for finding the good in his annoying!

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KWING517 12/6/2012 8:48AM

    Oh, Leah, you made me laugh again! You seem to have a knack for that :)

Have a great day!

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WALLINMW 12/6/2012 8:40AM

  love your blogs!

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    Great blog! emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 12/6/2012 7:58AM

    What a great blog. Your attitude is the best!! How you turned that guy into a positive is beyond me. Made it a part of tri training! I love it!!! You clearly have the heart of an Ironman!! (Ironwoman!!!!)

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MIMIDOT 12/6/2012 7:45AM

    Loved your blog! True SP style. Look for the best in others. You're great! Thanks for sharing.

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