Of course, the first thing I want to do after moving to a completely new location is sleep. The second thing I want to do is run. And the third? Find a pool.
So I finally got more than four hours of sleep, and I took a nice long run through a very industrial part of Orange County (and made my way home after crossing three city lines! Huzzah!). Next on that list was a lap pool. Luckily, I was referred to a very handy website by a non-crazy lap swimmer at my pool back in the Bay Area:
This little gem of a site was initially created with travelers in mind, so no matter where you were in the world, you could find a pool so swim at. Swimmers are like that — always trying to find a stretch of water of dunk our limbs in and move through. The site is incredibly simple to use — they have a google powered search engine, or if you’re not googly inclined, they recommend the simple method of selection your country, region, and city in order to find a pool.
There’s a handy spreadsheet that lets you know if the pool is public, if it’s in a hotel (some hotels host lap swim — how awesome is that?), and then once you’ve selected a pool, there is detailed information about the cost, the number of lanes, and even a place to write reviews. For those of us that like information, it’s a site of beauty. For those that like their sites to look visually pleasing, it’s a mess.
Luckily, I found two pools relatively near me and relatively cheap. I’ve been spoiled the last two and a half years, swimming in a pool with almost twenty lanes, and no sharing. These pools are six laners, so sharing will be abundant. But sharing is caring, right?