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9 March 2006

Female Torpedo

Location : Reading, England.

At the swimming pool yesterday, I was just doing my normal laps waiting for my little finger to die on me. In the middle of a lap, I felt a sudden water draft flowing past me that threw me off course a little bit. It felt like a jetski had just zoomed past me. The first thing that hit my mind was some annoying fat kid must have jumped into the pool as I was swimming past. So I lifted my head above the water and to my surprise, it wasn’t a jetski(?) or a fat kid. A woman had just swam past me like a speeding torpedo!!! I finally met a woman who was truly capable of making waves, literally! Behind her was always a trailing small “wake”, like a little wave that you could almost catch with a tiny bodyboard. This woman jumped in the pool and swam like a speed demon racing to the ends of the Earth. It was really quite amazing to watch because I believed she could’ve been swimming at a speed that would put any man to shame…even if he was walking, she would be swimming faster! I stood there in the pool studying her for about 15 minutes. She had a rigid style of swimming with her arms, including the way she turned her head to breathe. Her swimming strokes were so precise and robotic, I swear she could’ve been a machine for all I know and I wouldn’t be surprised. She was constantly timing herself so I believe she was sprinting the whole approximately 50 laps she swam, probably training for a race? If I was a Ferrari Testarossa, she would be an awesome Formula One race car. I wanted to ask if she was a national swimmer or something but then I didn't want to disrupt her rhythm.

So anyway, I tried to imitate her, the swimming strokes she made and the way she turns her head to breathe and I almost sprained my friggin’ neck. I'm pretty sure this woman must be a professional swimmer or maybe she tows broken down boats back to shore. She was toned and so built she almost looked like a man from certain angles. So it’s cool to find a woman like this every once in a while that puts most men’s fitness to shame because it constantly reminds me that women can be much stronger despite being the fairer sex. Oh one more thing….she was about 50 years old. Respect!

Posted by Ripcord at March 9, 2006 09:43 AM


i am ashamed...
i cant even swim

tht lady must be really really superb to deserve such praised and good remarks from you...

So will we see her in the coming Commonwealth Games in Melbourne??

"..she almost looked like a man from certain angles" and i wonder wht angles will that be? hmmm

Posted by: zbjernak at March 9, 2006 06:07 AM

Impressive huh. The last time I got such attention in the pool was when I was 10. I sucked air so loudly that everyone turned to search for the culprit of the awful sound.

Posted by: Ying at March 9, 2006 06:13 PM

zbjernak : not the angle you're thinking of! =Ž

ying : the swimmer was almost a grandma, oh yeah she was impressive!

Posted by: Ripcord at March 10, 2006 11:16 AM

zbjernak, I can't swim either.. *looks down*
haha, I tried and just quit the lessons and went with figure skating.

WOW, 50 years old. Props to her for staying in shape and swimming like a torpedo.

Posted by: Melissa at March 11, 2006 12:20 AM

heehhehehe good one there...she must be a hell of a she can go thru the currents with ease

Posted by: isk at March 11, 2006 12:22 PM

50?! Wow! Definitely 'spec to the granny racing swimmer!! Hehe! She must train hard by the sounds of it.
Oh and sorry for linking to the w3c site!! Haha.. my old layout had something 230+ errors!! And every now and then a new post throws up errors too! Effort! But then again one mistake in the coding usually causes about 20 errors... so not as bad as it seems really. And yeah I try to be a nerd in disguise ;)

Posted by: Joanna at March 12, 2006 05:09 PM