If you recall, I recently wrote a post titled ‘Is it time to change your membership‘. I had told the story of being a long time YMCA member, but had gone to a neighboring community to run our office and since this town did not have a YMCA I joined one of the big box gyms. We have since consolidated the offices bringing me back to my home town.
My first thought was to drop the big box membership and just go back to the Y. However, before I made the switch I just transferred the membership back to the local box, until I could get my feet back under me. Big mistake on my part, because I knew half the people there and probably met the other half pretty quickly. The staff was friendly, professional and engaging; they made it very difficult to leave. Ultimately, it took me about 3 years to finally pull the trigger, but it has been done.
Where did that come from?
In the time I had been gone from the Y, they had done renovations and upgrades. The locker room was in an entirely different place so it took a little bit of an adjustment. However, I still knew my way around pretty good so I was ok.
The one thing the Y has the big box didn’t is a full size swimming pool. Since my workouts had been getting stale (read my lazy ass was being a slacker) I thought I would incorporate swimming to mix it up.
Now, I’m not much of a swimmer and even when I was a member before, I did not spend a lot of the time in the pool; this was something I would have to ‘check out’ before I showed up in a Speedo and googles.
One way to access the pool is by walking through the men’s locker room, so after a workout I walked through to see if swimming was something ‘doable’ for me.
Now remember, I’m just going to check it out; I’m not ready to jump in yet. I still have my workout clothes on and iPod with earplugs. Also remember, this is 6 am so I’m not fully awake either.
I walk out on the pool deck, survey the surroundings and decide this is probably something I can do. At least it’s not over 5′ deep and I can always stand up if I have to.
As I walk back to the locker room area, I’m looking down getting ready to turn off my iPod and not really paying attention. As I enter the locker room and walk by the showers, I can hear the shower running and know someone is in there. But I’m thinking, ‘that’s odd, I don’t remember having showers here in the back’. As I get about half-way in, I start to notice the whole locker room looks different.
Oh shit! I just walked in the women’s locker room and I gotta get out of here FAST and I’m literally in so deep there was not a close exit. Now I’m in a semi-panic because if shower lady comes out this is not going to be cool at all. How in the world would I explain I didn’t see the WOMEN’S LOCKER ROOM sign.
This was like my second day back at the Y. Not only was I in jeopardy of getting kicked out….permanently, I was probably going to get arrested too.
Fortunately, I did not ‘see’ anybody and I high-stepped getting my butt out of there. It could have been a disaster.
So what did you learn?
- Pay attention to your surroundings
- Always have a ready alibi in case you are ever ‘caught’ in a women’s locker room
- Maybe change wasn’t what is was cracked up to be.
The big laugh
I did have to go in the business office a few days later, so of course I had to tell my ‘story’. Fortunately, it had a funny ending but it sure could have been a very awkward situation.
And just think, nobody thought I had any adventure in my life….:)