I joined Pure Austin so I could swim at the Quarry and use their treadmills. I've found it useful for other purposes too, but I think the most useful is to have an option besides sitting in traffic. The north gym location is only about 5 miles from my work, and as I was leaving, I heard the traffic report where the speeds going south were less than 15 miles an hour. So, even though I was tired and not particularly motivated for a workout, I went to swim.
And it turned out to be a pretty good swim. It was drizzling and overcast, and the pool is partially covered and heated, so I was plenty warm, but I could feel the difference when I was out from under the roof. I practiced the alligator sighting technique, and had a pretty good time, even though I know I don't swim as hard on my own as I do at the coached swim practices. And after that I had some dinner at Boston Market, which was pretty tasty. And finally, I drove home and there was zero traffic. Fantastic!