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Confession: I Always Wear A Shirt At The Pool

Confession: I Always Wear A Shirt At The Pool(fat “guy”) We take the kids to the pool a lot in the summer. This year we signed up a month or so into the swim season and ended up going about 2 – 3 times per week, especially on the really hot days. We’d usually go in the evening after I got off work or on the weekend after our little one finished his nap. The evenings were by far the least crowded and gave us the best time to play with the kids without being trampled. It was always a ton of fun and the kids absolutely loved it.

Look, I’m even in a shirt at the beach

Now that the swimming season is over I have to own up to a overweight social problem I have with pools & large bodies of water … I always wear a shirt at the pool (and the beach for that matter) and it’s not to reduce sun exposure. Except for when I’m doing laps for triathlon training, if there is someone other than my wife and kids around, I’m wearing a shirt.

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No, I don’t have the inspiration that Roni does nor the confidence of Sue to wear what I want. Right now I can’t imagine not wearing a shirt to be completely honest.

I recently had two really difficult social moments during my triathlons related to clothes. The first was during my first Sprint triathlon. I felt like it was too short to wear my new wet suit so I went shirtless for the swim. Well the shirtless “during” the swim wasn’t the problem, it was the 45 minutes waiting beforehand and the 2 – 3 minutes running out of the water into transition that was difficult.

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Being around all of the amazingly fit people made me feel a tad bit inferior to be honest. I know, I know, I should be proud of what I’ve accomplished and few people have done a triathlon. That still doesn’t make me feel any more comfortable with the state of my body.

The second was during my triathlon. After the bike I had to change completely out of my cycling clothes and into my running clothes. While I was wearing my swim trunks as a base (even though we didn’t swim) that was all I stripped down into in the middle of transition. Obviously I’ve changed in a locker room a million times but not out in the middle of a crowd infested transition area with lots of watching eyes.

Even though I never hear anyone say anything about me, my subconscious was playing games on me imagining all of the things people might say. I think that is actually my underlying problem, my mind does more damage than the words of anyone around me. My wife has tried talking me into wearing my shirt but I’m stubborn and won’t budge.

I don’t know when or if I’ll ever be comfortable not wearing a shirt around water. I can assure you one thing though, my shirt never effects me playing with my kids and having a good time in the water. With it on I’m a laughing, kid throwing, dunking, splashing, goofy dad who loves to play in the water. Without it I worry that I’d be too self conscious and not be the same person I am with it.

So for now, because it’s not preventing me from being me, I don’t think it’s hurting. Ideal, no … but I never said I was perfect. I’ll work on seeing if I can’t take it off a few time next summer, at least now I have a few months to mentally prepare.

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