Do you have a thing?

I always swim in multiples of 10 lengths, but preferably multiples of 20. I'd feel quite uneasy about doing, say, 24 lengths. It would be wrong. 

So what's your thing?


  • Left trainer/shoe on first. EVERY time.

  • I like new socks for my Ironman events. And I always buy some London Marathon shorts.
  • PhilPubPhilPub ✭✭✭

    Race day haircut.  Or does everyone do that?

  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    Only for an A race.
  • NayanNayan ✭✭✭

    aint no thang here

  • Is this one of those threads where you lot get competitive about how OCD you all are?

  • Not me!  

    I think I usually put my shorts on before my top, but the idea of doing the other way round doesn't bother me image

  • I always put on my sock before I put on my trainersimage 

  • Very good SR.

    I have zero comprehension about why people have these ridicous superstitions! But I can see that once they've started, they must be hard to break.

    On a related theme, I remember as a teenager, my Mum & I had the same pools numbers every week... with that puts you in a difficult situation of not wanting to miss a week, "because that will be the week when the numbers come up"!  I did actively try to 'forget' those numbers -if I'm honest, I do remember about 5 of them even now.

    Feel sorry for those who stuck to the same lottery numbers every week, when it was a pound a week.  Then they introduced the Wedneday draw, and have now doubled the ticket cost.  

    Whatever your superstitions, break free everyone!

  • Not a superstition, more OCD but I can't stand seeing shoes crossed over, i.e. the left one placed on the right of the right one. My OH always crosses his legs to kick his shoes off and as soon as I see them laying there I place them as they should be, left shoe on the left and right one on the right!             

  • Mine isn't superstition. I don't think the earth will fall out,of its orbit if I don't swim my lengths. I just think it's untidy image

  • I have noticed that everyone seems to run the races in the same direction.

  • image

    I can't stand seeing shoes crossed over, i.e. the left one placed on the right of the right one. 

    I completely agree - it just looks weird.

  • but bookie the pool is 25m and so you have to convert that to miles so that you finish in fractions of a half a mile.....

  • I like even numbers... unless the even number is next to a 5 in which case I prefer the 5. E.g. when I'm changing the TV volume on a remote I'll go up 20, 22, 25, 28, 30

    Like Ultra Bookie, it's not supersition it's more about tidiness.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a thing!

  • I always get changed up stairs but put my socks on downstairs, left one first. When I go through gates at stations, stadiums, etc. I "have" to go through the furthest left one too.

    I just put it down to me being strange....

  • I didn't know I had a thing, but I always put my left trainer on first.

  • Seren ours is a 50m pool She normally does about 40 lenths to my 20 on a average day. image

  • RicFRicF ✭✭✭

    Constantly on the look out for UFO's. 

  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    Any repetitive activity I tend to do by multiples of 4. I don't have a meltdown otherwise, but it doesn't feel quite right.
  • When I'm training (I've learnt to deal with it when racing) I have to stop on the mile or half mile, even though I train by time, and that goes for the bike as well.

  • image I always try to train and conmute in set distances so I can get points for the friendly compertition thread on here this is silly as I live 11 miles from my place of work and also cycle a extra mile to get home every day.

  • 20, 22, 25, 28, 30

    Exactly this - except I also allow myself to use 11 if and when it involves the volume of something. For obvious reasons.

  • Craig Waite wrote (see)

    I also allow myself to use 11 if and when it involves the volume of something. For obvious reasons.


    You set your amp to maximum volume?

  • I never run out and back unless I really have to, even when lost I never retrace my steps. Plough onwards through undergrowth, nettles anything but turn back.

  • T RexT Rex ✭✭✭

    I always fill the car up to a whole number of litres to show I haven't got a thing about only putting in a round number of pounds' worth.

  • MadbeeMadbee ✭✭✭

    I have to run just over a mileage target, can't deal with just under - 20.01 miles is fine, 19.99 is not.

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