I’ve heard that however things go on the first day of the year is how they’ll go for the rest of the year. I sincerely hope that’s not true. I headed to the gym for my first workout of 2018 – a “structured swim” that includes a warm up, drills, more drills, additional drills, and then a set of short and mid-distance intervals at various intensities.
Despite the new year, there was only one other person in the pool – a guy I’ve seen before who is rehabbing an injury. As I started my warm-up and drills, the cleaning crew started to clean the pool deck. That’s normal, but this time they were using a different cleaner – something that smelled a whole lot like bleach. As I did my drills it started to burn my throat a bit. During a rest between drills the other guy crossed in front of me to exit the pool and said “This is killing me – I’m out.”
As I started my intervals they brought out a pressure washer and started to rinse down the deck – into the pool. I imagine the stuff must have been safe enough or they would have told us we couldn’t be in the pool, but my throat and skin were burning. I finished the set, skipped the cool down and got out of there. I took my shower but the ascorbic acid that I use that usually neutralizes the chlorine didn’t really help. I got out to my car and my forehead itched, when I scratched it the skin flaked off – parts of my face were actually peeling. I’m definitely a delicate flower when it comes to having sensitive skin, but this was extreme even for me.
Here’s hoping the rest of the year is smoother than the first workout!