My swimming kit is simple (isn’t everyones?): Trunks, Goggles.
I upgraded my trunks some time ago. Since I started swimming
seriously regularly I decided that beach shorts probably weren’t performance enhancing… they were literally a drag. As I lost weight, they became a liability… literally a threat to common decency!
So I upgraded to something a bit sportier and a bit snugger. Job done!
My goggles were fine. I acquired them while we were in the Middle East. I remember being presented with a very limited selection at the local sports shop and selecting the best of a bad lot. They had orange lenses. I presumed they were light enhancing, but in reality they were just orange.
On Sunday I discovered my goggles were missing. I had obviously left them in the changing room. Being such a fine pair, I assume they had been “re-homed” rather than being handed in to lost property. Of course, their new home could be a rubbish dump!
Last night was my first outing with my new goggles. I had gone for a simple pair with clear lenses. When I tried them on, I discovered the lenses were slightly larger than I’m used to. They looked a bit like
googles goggles that you’d wear if you were Wing-Walking, or Driving a Vintage Car. However, they looked like they’d do the trick.
When I got in the pool… WOW!!! What a difference they made!
It seems fairly obvious in retrospect, but I had no idea how different the under-water experience would be with clear lenses. There was light!!! I could see!!! (Actually I could see a little more than is required for an enjoyable swim!).
The environment was exactly the same as I’d experienced in the past, but the way I engaged with it completely changed that experience. It was a real eye-opener!
I appreciate that in itself this is not a life changer… but it’s got me thinking about whether there are other things I do that could be similarly enhanced by small, simple changes. I’ve got my eyes peeled!