Swimdled Again!


Lt King Olympic Pool 002Almost a year ago I took the then three-year-old R to our local Olympic-sized pool for a spot of training for her swimming trials.  She was supposed to swim 50 metres, but she did that and then swam back again, so she officially swam 100 metres before turning four.

Trials are coming up again next month, so I thought a bit more training would be in order.  She hasn’t done any long-distance stuff for ages, so I decided just a length would do for the first session, and maybe back again if she really felt like it.

We swam a length.  She turned and headed back.  Then she did another length, while I kept pace with protesting arms and legs.  Then she turned and swam back. 

It was with great relief that I grabbed the end of the pool after the fourth length.  It was with great horror that I observed young R setting off again almost immediately.   Another fifty metres, with me plodding doggedly after her.  Then she turned yet again, and went for the sixth!  Aaaargh!

I crawled out thankfully after that.  Not R.  She stayed in and romped until finally I almost had to yank her out.  Now I have this horrible idea that her dear mother is setting sights on 500 metres.   That’s great – except that I will have to train up to that too!  Did I explain that swimming has never been something I do really well?  Or that today I have probably swum for the longest uninterrupted distance (not counting snorkelling, of course) of my entire life? 

© Colonialist March 2013 (WordPress)


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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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41 Responses to Swimdled Again!

  1. gipsika says:

    Col, she got it from somewhere. You’re very fit if you can keep up with that! Sorry, seems as though swimming is your next favourite hobby 😉


  2. SidevieW says:

    You need to train daily to keep up with a kid


  3. My goodness, but she’s a little athlete! Fabulous! You sound like you do alright, too…you are a great encourager.You’re undoubtedly a better swimmer than you think! And we know you can climb trees!


  4. Tokeloshe says:

    Oh, I love it! I wish I was there. What a wonderful grandfather you are. Well done!


  5. The Asian says:

    Training her for the Midmar Mile at such a young age 😉


  6. optie says:

    Sounds like a champion in the making – Little R that is;)


  7. Colline says:

    Seems like she is forcing you to get fit no matter what you think 🙂
    Enjoy your time with her – and as Dori says, “Just keep swimming” 🙂


  8. Zirkie says:

    🙂 What we won’t do for children and grandchildren!


  9. 68ghia says:

    Why do you have to train up for that as well?
    Small kids have bottomless energy – not so us older folk. She’s quite clearly found one of her talents 😉
    But, if it’s a case of wanting to do that as well, go for it Col. Suppose it can only be good for you.


  10. adeeyoyo says:

    Well done to R, and a jolly well done to you Col. You should be proud of yourself! You may not realise it yet, but your granddaughter is doing you a huge favour…


  11. newsferret says:

    She will get you fit in no time. Happy splashing.


  12. bluebee says:

    Haha – try breaststroke – that might help you keep up 😀


  13. nrhatch says:

    That’s why the best coaches coach from the sidelines. 😉

    Perhaps your granddaughter is an olympian in the making?


  14. calmgrove says:

    The things us grandparents do…


  15. She must be something else, Col. Are you sure she’s totally human? Could she perhaps be a water rat? Or a dolphin? Four years old and swimming like a mermaid! Poor you.
    Of course the image of you chasing young R. made me smile. Let’s go for the full 500 😉


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