18/03/2013 by Carl Reynolds
One of the advantages of being your own boss, is that you work when you want to work (mainly). For me my best times are between 7am and 9am; mid to late afternoon and into the quiet hours of the night. This means I get to swim when most people are working; and only have to share the pool with other under-employees, the retired and the random. So it’s mainly quiet.
Tooting Bec Lido at 8.45 in the morning, on a wet mid-March day is occupied by no more than four people at a time. There are more gathered in the kitchen, cupping cuppas and pontificating on matters various; huddled giggling in the sauna or indulging in the arcane ritual of Tootin’ Fives (aka patball, handball, pool ball, wall ball et al). And at various points after my 400 yards in 3.5 degree C water I encounter all of them.
Mrs Ape and I then venture forth to the warm, Bauhaus-esque brutalism of Crystal Palace pool. I knock out 6.4k in two hours and Mrs Ape does 2.5K in one hour ten. Then we stretch ourselves, rub each others backs and return to our small office in Catford to plan trainings, edit speakers notes, process VAT returns and listen to some cracking tracks.
I like swim training days.