I finally went over and joined the local eastern shore YMCA (10 miles from our weekend place) so that I have a place to swim in the winter on the weekends (and I'll just use that crappy 3-lane pool near our townhouse on weekdays). They have two 5-lane 25m pools - one warm (87*F, pictured) and one cool (82*F). I'm going to think I'm in heaven.
Even BETTER than that - they have free regular child care during workouts, but best of all, they have PARENT'S NIGHT OUT. Four golden hours, 6PM-10PM, once per month. FREE with a family membership. WOO HOO!!!!! My kind of place!! Actually, we'll probably wait until after cold/flu season is over, but after that I'm hoping that my girls will be regular attendees. That and Mom's Afternoon Out and Mom's Morning Out, too! Yeah, baby!!!
For a while this afternoon I watched the kid's swim meet. It was fun - the little girls swimming along, struggling and doing their very best with their heads out of the water Tarzan-style, and occasionally stopping to hang on the lane dividers to catch a breath. I can definitely relate!