Exaggerated? No, only really finicky! All swimmers have fancied, at least one in a lifetime, on the perfect pool, while dabbling in the public pool. Here’s how the perfect pool should be like, according to swimmers and their manias.
Perfect pool is not only the one of big events: is that pool able to satisfy your needs and, moreover, swimmers’ manias. Some examples? Go on reading!
Water is the liquid of the life, metaphorically and not. Water gave a primary sense of existing to two entities: one is the biodiversity, the other is the swimmer.
A swimmer without water? He should die, and not only for dehydration; it has already been established that, in a different habitat, swimmer is not comfortable.
What about vast fields of fresh grass, strange jumping platforms, reddish white striped terrain, when you can swim in a pool?
Water is the fluid that fills the tank but, according to the swimmer, there are some substantial differencies between various types of water.
The water, in the perfect pool, should be of the perfect temperature. Perfect is range between 24°C (75.2° F) and less than 26°C (78.8° F).
The difference is clear. Too cold? The muscles seem to become stone, hard and frozen. Teeth beat quickly. And when you swim, you look more like a penguin than a butterfly.
Too warm? Nerve activation is not successful,you can hardly breath, you gasp in what looks like a soup. Cheeks get empurple because of the oppresive numbness of the water, ready to accomodate some pasta!
Water: so important, precious, essential … on the right conditions, though!
Ah, if there was no chlorine! A must for chemists and swimmers. It is thanks to this particular essence that water is kept clean: in fact, it works as deactivating bacterial agents.
We wouldn’t explore scientfic woks about what the perfect concentration of chlorine in the water should be, neither about how the chlorination process works – at least not in this article – and everything will be analysed fom an obsessive point of view of a swimmer.
Chlorine has to be present, but it doesn’t have to smell. Like the hand of a musician when he compose.
A redundancy of chlorine brings to an annoying irritation to breath apparatory and it leads to cough. And, as if it wasn’t enough, eyes burns and the more you rub them, the worst it is. It loooks like if you spent a whole day in front of your laptop.
An ancien proverb says: “show me your starting blocks and I will say you which type of swimming pool you are“. Starting blocks look like innocents, something of little value; unarmed launch tracks from where the swimmer takes off.
They look like they have a marginal role in the performance. Come on, can a person make so much notice at starting blocks? … The answer is surprisingly yes!
A well covered starting block, with a well-oiled flap, fixed and working, is of course more inviting than a block of stone, or of rusty metal, slippery, with which you risk to do a backstroke start like the one Simone Sabbioni did in the 4×50 mixed in Copenaghen.
It’s not only an aestethic issue: a good starting block makes you earn precious tenths, especially to sprinters.
Moreover, starting blocks activate a struggle between sprinters and middle distance racers: are you for #teamtrackstart or #teamgrabstart?
Swimmer needs his own space in which to best express himself.
Have you ever heard an angry swimmer exclaim: “We are in 2020 and nobody has still invented a lane where two butterfly swimmers can swim at the same time without getting hurt ?!” Well, first requirement: width.
In particular, lanes have to satisfy a fundemental characteristic that sends back to the real function of lanes: they must be suitable for pulling in the backstroke series.
BONUS: OTHER FEATURES
Only other minimal precaution and the perfect pool: starter pack is ready. So, what we miss is: a spacious locker room; very long benchs; endless rows of hairdryer sockets; a large grandstand; a hot tub and physiotherapists who pull you out of the water at the slightest cramp. From a certain point on, subjectivity takes over and the list could go on for quite a while…