Thursday, June 2, 2011
Tri Training Day 6: Alien or insect?
For triathlons, people enter the water in waves. Each wave wears the same color swimming cap. Today I donned my swimming cap to get used to it. It is made of a lovely, sleek silicon. I think I swam faster.
When I was a girl, swimming caps were de riguer. Made of rubber with a tight chin strap that snapped, they were often patterned or adorned with flowers. Our long, luxurious, girl hair was held to be a danger to swimming pool skimmer systems. When boys began
wearing their hair long in the late 60's and early 70's
the swimming cap requirement gradually faded.
Am I claiming discrimination? Why, no, of course not. Obviously, skimmers have evolved to handle all types of hair.