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Nancy Graham
May 11th, 2003, 12:39 PM
I am so new, that I originally posted this message in the wrong place:mad: So I will try again in, what I think is, the correct place:confused:

I am just returning to swimming for fitness, and have just found this forum. I am not, nor have I ever been a competitive swimmer. I grew up as a "river rat", and there were very few opportunities for competitive swimming for me. I have swum laps regularly in the past, but "other things" (like bike riding, backpacking, and kyaking) took up my time and interest. Though I still participate in and enjoy those other things, I am now carving out time to swim again. In fact, I now
have interest in participating in my first triathlon this coming Fall.

I am 61 years old and in pretty good shape (even if a few pounds too many), and am just now swimming 500 yards without rest. So I marvel at your 2500, 3500 and 5000 yard swims! I am hopeful to get tips and ideas from you all in improving my endurance, some techniques and my time for the triathlon that I currently question my ability to do :(

Any guidance and help will be appreciated, so I thank you ahead of time.


May 11th, 2003, 01:20 PM
if you're thinking of doing a triathlon, you may find the following website useful, as it contains practical training guides...

good luck!

May 11th, 2003, 11:37 PM
There's nothing to marvel. Many of us either swam years ago as kids or took up the sport as adults and have workout for several years. As for your age, 500 yards for someone near the beginning is pretty good. You would need to take time building yardage compared to people under 50 years old.. I started out very slow, when I came back into swimming as little as 200 yards. And because of work-having to change jobs, I did low yardage between 500 to about 1,800 for about 3 years about 2 times a week. I just started working out at 2,000 plus almost a year ago, swimming 3 to 4 times a week.