I sometimes surprise myself as to how rigid I can be and how resistant I am to changes. Take my triathlon training for instance. I have always done the same bike route, same run route. Even when I'm doing my long rides, I just do a few rounds. As for long distance running training for the Ironman, trust me, doing 7 loops of 4.35km can be pretty mental at times!
Since moving to this neighbourhood, I have been travelling to my usual swim pool at UWA. It takes about 20-30 minutes drive from our place, depending on traffic.
For my last two swims however, I tried something new. Li-Ann was given two free passess to the swimming pools near our place from the municipal council. Sort of lot a welcome gift for moving into the neighbourhood.
The first pool I tried was Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre in Inglewood. There was a tri squad there under the coaching of Ross Pedlow of Exceed Sports. Fellow tri blogger, John Cooke joins that group as well and we had a short chat. The session was pretty good. I'm used to swimming in a 25m pool, so my times were slower at this 50m one. And it hit nearly zero degrees that night, so I was feeling a bit numb, most likely due to frost bite!
The other pool was even closer to home, Balga Leisurepark. I did my own session this time. It was an indoor heated 25m pool. Nice, short and warm. Having said that, I still swam slower by 5 seconds for every 100m. Mainly due to the walls being higher and I found it difficult to turn.
Would I be changing pools anytime soon? Probably not. I know I would adapt to a new place if I gave it a chance. But I'm justifying my decision purely based on costs. I do not have to pay for pool entry at UWA, just the coaching fee. But these places charge almost $5 per entry, on top of the coaching fee. Which is way more than what I would pay if I stayed on at UWA, even after taking traveling costs into account.
Yes, I am an accountant by profession, after all! :P