In a pool, the “gutter” is the gateway to the filtration system. Water gets pulled into the gutter to be filtered, before being sent back in. In large pools, the gutter runs the entire length of a pool. The gutter lane is a fascinating lane. I am just learning about it, as I’ve only just occupied it.
I joined a local adult swimming club/team in the grand hope of improving my stroke for a triathlon in a couple of months. I am new to team swimming and found out quite quickly how amazing “real” swimmers are. They can complete two laps (or three) to my one. They are amazing and inspiring.
As the new kid (and the very slowest swimmer) I have inherited (drum roll please) the gutter. As if swimming the slowest (by a lot) and the accompanying humility isn’t enough, I now have to fight with being pulled into the wall on the regular. The slower you go, the more affected you are by the drag, so in many ways having the newbie slow poke in the gutter doesn’t make much sense. Perhaps it’s a hazing ritual that will build “character.”read more