Yesterday there were two women in one lane, doing various things together, practically attached to each other. This isn't the first time I've seen something like this. I can't imagine two men doing anything like this. The closest I saw was what appeared to be a father and son,and they took separate lanes.
I have improved. I am a wee wee bit faster and more consistent. My turns are improving, in general. I think part of the improvement comes from the fact that I now take a short break after every five laps. Those "minigoals" get me through it easier and they also refresh me so that when I start the next lap I start with focus on my form. Yet I am still passed by people doing the sidestroke or walking. I am thinking that when it gets a little warmer I will join the masters team here in SLO so I can get a little coaching.