Sally Goble

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Mar 02

Just keep swimming – through the pee, plasters and human hair | Sally Goble

Many public pools are less sanitary than we might have hoped. But if you can’t take a bit of dirt, and a lot of human foibles, maybe they were never really for you

Look. If you are of a delicate disposition, best not take up swimming. Don’t venture down to your local pool, strip off your clothes, wade through a slightly wet and dirty changing room and immerse yourself into what is, effectively, a communal bath full of the hoi polloi and all their bodily fluids. Just don’t do it.

If you are of a delicate disposition, you won’t end up feeling relaxed, with a sense of wellbeing and a healthy glow. You’ll be too concerned about verrucas, or cross and suffering from “lane rage”. You’ll complain about everything from people peeing in the water – which scientists have found is a frequent occurrence – to the quantity of the pool chemicals needed to counteract the peeing, to the water being too cold (or too hot).

If you are of a delicate disposition you won’t end up feeling relaxed. You’ll be too concerned about verrucas

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Jan 30

10 things you only know if you swim through winter

You need cake, a flask, more warm clothes than you can imagine – and don’t even think about a hot shower

1 All-year swimmers don’t wear wetsuits. That defeats the purpose.

2 You will never have enough warm clothes. You need many more things than you think you might need, to recover after a cold swim. Thermals, fleeces, your thickest jackets, woolly hats, gloves, socks and scarves. And you won’t want to take them off all day. It’s a pretty strong look.

Related: My 50th-birthday challenge: swim a mile a day for 50 days

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/global/2017/jan/30/10-things-you-only-know-if-you-swim-through-winter-sally-goble