After each of my breaks I am renewed and I seem to be more on top of the water, as I should be, my arms stretching far out in front of me and pulling back rythmically. It seems like over time I have become more consistent overall but I notice this difference after each little break. It's a good thing.
I love swimming in an empty pool. I knew it wouldn't last, of course, but I easily accepted the entrance of one of the regulars when I was on my nineteenth lap. She's a water walker, elderly. Others who use the pool have told me that they prefer it when there is someone else in the pool with them in case they have a heart attack or something else happens. I was thinking of this when I was finishing my last lap. I started to worry about this other woman. I wanted there to be others in the pool with her. And just before I finished, indeed there were others. Two more. So it felt good to leave.