Originally Posted by sclim
But I gotta agree with you, it's a nuisance to share the lane; for me, I think it's because the extra effort and concentration to avoid potential collisions takes away from the concentration required to make the drill work right.
Yes, it still throws me off a bit and sharing a lane is not my preference. I'm not so much self-conscious about my pace, it's more the wave action from the other swimmer that disrupts my breathing (face barely at the surface). Although I try to breathe on the opposite side as the other swimmer usually.
And my relaxation and ease is reduced, so less concentration on form.
There's no way I can keep up with some of these swimmers to even THINK about drafting! Maybe if I threw a rope around them (?)