For the past week I have been heading to the pool after work for 20-30 min. The pool is fill with kids' lessons. They reserve one lane for us swimmers.
As you can imagine, 5-6 people swimming in one one lane, in a 25 m pool, can get very congested.
I don't mind. I understand there is no way I can do a long swim. One lane is set for everyone to share. If I want a clean swim, I can go in the morning.
Normally, I would work on one hand drills and kicking. I wait until there is enough gap that I can swim a lap without interruption.
Yesterday, I had a surprise. I forgot that on Thursday, the pool closed at 7 pm. And after 6 pm, there were less class than usual. This freed up more lanes.
I immediately took the opportunity.
No sets, no drills, no stroke counting. Just swim.
I wasn't thinking about my training or if I am going to bump into someone.
I wasn't worry about the next week or my plans for the weekend.
I wasn't concern if I will be late for my fellowship.
I wasn't aware of how fast time had gone by until they started to clear the buoy that set the swim lane. As they were cleaning up, I did one more lap. Just a quickie.
"Excuse me, sir. We are closing in a few minutes."
I smiled and got out.
For 20 minutes. I am free. I just flow.