Originally Posted by Jamwhite
...However, I think the best lane mates are non-swimmers. The people who are doing aerobics, walker-walking, or floating around in some non-standard way. Like you, they are performing non-traditional endurance swimming and are much less likely to get upset if you drill and swim in their lane...
I do that too - warm up with drills in the slowest lane, joining the ladies who just paddle about. No need to worry about getting in their way with my very slow non-finned kick. The medium lane is always crowded for the first half hour anyway, so by the time I'm ready to start actual swimming, someone has moved out to hit the showers, allowing me to take their place.