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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 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 and preparation for reality and all that.

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

Your friend,


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LIFETIMER54 12/6/2012 7:36AM


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JANEMARIE77 12/6/2012 7:16AM

    Isn't it always about how we look at things Find to better thought good for you and a great life lesson for all

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FARIS71 12/6/2012 7:11AM

    Hilarioius! Gold chains & cologne for a morning swim - marvelous!

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BESSHAILE 12/6/2012 6:41AM

    Perspective is SO important, hmm? good on you for opting for a new one.

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NCSUE0514 12/6/2012 5:24AM


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ON2VICTORY 12/6/2012 2:36AM

    This is the part where Robert falls to the floor and hyperventilates from laughing....


Way funny, what a great way to put it, you are gifted! lol......

What doesn't kill WILL make you stronger.... hahahahaa! you will be an Ironm'am for sure at this rate...


Comment edited on: 12/6/2012 2:37:24 AM

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JUNEAU2010 12/5/2012 10:13PM

    I hate mens' cologne when it announces him and reminds me of him before and after he is long gone! Love your attitude about him, though!

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PEGGYO 12/5/2012 10:06PM


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FRANCIEVW 12/5/2012 9:55PM

    Yep...just keep swimming.

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NKOUAMI26 12/5/2012 8:47PM


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DANILYNNG 12/5/2012 7:48PM

    Swimming a mile in somebody else's trunks - love it!

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SLIMLEAF 12/5/2012 7:29PM

    Well done, Leah - both in going swimming and to the spinning class even when it would have been so easy not to bother, and in your change of attitude to 'Mr Brute'. I liked that. :-)

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KATRMOSS 12/5/2012 7:15PM

    LOVE IT! this is exactly what my children and I discussed in our bible study class today.....look at both the negative and positive side of things and see which affects your day for the better....have a good night

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RUNNER12COM 12/5/2012 7:04PM

    Oh, yes, there is always another way of looking at things, isn't there?

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CHARTHESTAR 12/5/2012 6:53PM

    totally understand the first part of the letter.
As for the second part of your letter---
good for you! You found some positive aspects of a bad situation. Especially the training part of being in water with so many other people!

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LINDAK25 12/5/2012 6:27PM

Oh, but I do know what you mean!

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IRONBLOSSOM 12/5/2012 6:04PM

    Hilarious! I really just do not GET those people, but you're right, better to appreciate their good points than simmer in angry resentment for the rest of the day. :-)

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/5/2012 6:01PM

    emoticon Thank you for the laugh!! You are totally spot on your assessment of this dude. He sounds like a character. Good job looking on the bright side--all the stuff he's doing right--and finding some lessons to be learned--like possibly getting kicked in the face in the future!! emoticon emoticon

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KAEBAE 12/5/2012 4:52PM

    OMG, what an awesome blog! You're description of Mr. Brute was so funny and your attitude turnaround heartbreakingly touching.

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ELIZABETH5268 12/5/2012 3:17PM

    HHAAHA that was good for a midday laugh! SOmetimes just venting can get that out and then you can see teh positive as it sounds like you did! emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 12/5/2012 3:12PM

    Too cute! Love it! emoticon emoticon

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CINDHOLM 12/5/2012 2:46PM

    emoticon blog emoticon

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DEBPRE16 12/5/2012 2:22PM

    He sounds yucky - glad you found some positive.


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REGILIEH 12/5/2012 1:32PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I didn't like this, I
LOVED it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/5/2012 1:25PM

    Too funny! Glad you can make light of it and see the good . . . after your eyes cleared.

You are so much kinder than I am. I would have put on my swim fins, snorkle and a paddle board and taken aim!

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KBRADFORD88 12/5/2012 12:50PM

    Laughing my Dad wore brute and couldn't understand why I did the gag and eye roll every morning. Funny

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NEWSGIRL2177 12/5/2012 12:17PM

    Gah! There's one of those guys in every pool, I think. Nothing worse than cologne and chlorine. Good thing you're awesome enough to shake it off and get your workout!

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GINGERHAWK 12/5/2012 12:14PM

  Thanks for the laugh - loved the letter. I can totally relate to sharing the lane with people who throw you off your game. You would think it would be a simple back and forth, or circle swim. Not so, with some it's so darn complicated. Good for you for not jumping out entirely - I've done that before!

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FITBIZZZ 12/5/2012 11:49AM

    "...if you weren't too busy parting the Red Sea. " - LOL You are to be commended for your positive outlook. :-)

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NITTINNANA 12/5/2012 11:33AM

    What a wonderful way to change your perspective.
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EBURGITE 12/5/2012 11:29AM


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GOTTAPLAN4U 12/5/2012 11:01AM

  Great Blog. I love the attitude turn-around. I use the same technique to fight back against my tendency to whine about trivial irritations (with respect to the bigger scheme of things).

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KJELLYBEAN15 12/5/2012 10:43AM

    Wonderful. Thanks for starting my day with both humor and sarcasm. My two favorite things, next to coffee that is.

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ISABELLE31 12/5/2012 10:31AM

    Loved your letter! emoticon

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GODIVADSG 12/5/2012 10:11AM

    Sounds like some perfect training! You need to be totally annoyed, kicked, splashed, crowded etc... Maybe not the cologne part... maybe he was trying to impress you! Did you think of that?!!!!! (NOT) Way to go at kicking your own a$$ ! emoticon emoticon

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NITELITE72 12/5/2012 10:01AM

    I so needed that chuckle this morning!! You rock, girl! Cologne and chlorine cannot taste good mixed together!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/5/2012 9:59AM

    LOL, beautiful blog!

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DJSHIP46 12/5/2012 9:38AM

    I LOVE your humor through everything!!! My nose is SO sensitive to cologne, I might have actually puked in the pool, and that would have been worse than Mr. Brute!!! Hang in there, you're doing GREAT!!!

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REMEMBER2BME 12/5/2012 9:34AM

    Killer blog. Although others or situations can be so very frustrating they may actually help us in the end.

Great job by the way!!!


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NEWMOM20121 12/5/2012 9:33AM

    Love it. You made me smile. Hope you have a fabulous day. So glad you got your swim in.

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HFAYE81 12/5/2012 9:32AM

    Good job Leah!!! My local pool requires that you shower BEFORE hitting the'd think putting cologne on before a swim would be the ultimate in stupid. Either way, good job on your positive attitude and good job on a great workout!

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 12/5/2012 9:23AM

    You are awesome. I would have not been so nice and I would have said something - or at the very least pushed water in his face!

Great job getting those extra minutes in, though! GO YOU!!!!

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KIPPER15 12/5/2012 9:23AM

    Way to conquer!! emoticon

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