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Belle vie
August 22nd, 2009, 10:19 AM
I'm looking for a site for people who love swimming, are good swimmers but do not want to do competition swimming, especially a site that includes discussions by people over fifty.:cane::)

Thank-you:)

Ahelee Sue Osborn
August 24th, 2009, 01:53 AM
I'm over 50 and I write on this group sometimes.

I once swam all the way to France from England because I love swimming so much. So I hope you won't mind if I swim in competitions.
We all love swimming and that is the most important thing don't you agree?

I think its' cool that you found the USMS discussion forum all the way from France.

And I bet you make a few nice swim buddies here.

Write some more and tell us what is happening with masters swimming in France!

Oh - and by the way... my given name is SUZZETTE!
How much more French can you get?

Hoosier
August 24th, 2009, 08:31 AM
I am soon to be 50. I have followed (in the escort boat) two swimmers from England to France. I am very slow myself but am steady 55 second 50 yards. This is a great group. any questions you will get many varied responses. Welcome! and post often :)

Belle vie
August 24th, 2009, 09:23 AM
Hello All, Thank-you for responding. It's good to know you are out there.I do have lots of questions and will try to feed them in slowly plus a little gossip about French competition swimmers and record holders. I'm not a very fast swimmer, at my best I do about 45 seconds for 50 meters but I try to put in 1 1/2 hours a day. Hoping to hear from you:argue:

pwolf66
August 24th, 2009, 09:47 AM
Belle,

welcome to the Forums. While there is considerable traffic concerning competition, this is first and foremost a forum about swimming in all it's shapes, sizes and yes, speeds. In the end it doesn't matter how fast you swim just that you keep swimming. But if you're going to swim (and is that really a choice???? :) ), there is a LOT of information here about how to go about swimming faster and more efficiently.

happy laps to you.

aquageek
August 24th, 2009, 09:47 AM
Regrettably, one of the best swimmers in USMS just turned 50.

thewookiee
August 24th, 2009, 10:00 AM
Regrettably, one of the best swimmers in USMS just turned 50.

You are that young? Wow...shocker. Wait, you said "best" so you weren't talking about yourself then.

TRYM_Swimmer
August 24th, 2009, 11:49 AM
Welcome, Elizabeth!

There are many of us here a good deal over fifty, and swim for as many reasons as you can think. Most will courteously answer any type of question and we are always up for go--- (er, news) about other swimmers. One branch of my family (Ferree) is Hugenot. They emigrated to South Central Pennsylvania sometime around 1600. One of the most interesting pools I ever visited was a very old facility in Strabourg, that had separate pools for men and women (swim suits optional). This was in 1980, so it may not even be there anymore.

Look forward to hearing from you often!

gull
August 24th, 2009, 11:56 AM
During practice one day last year, I was discussing age groups with one of my teammates, a woman in her early forties. She asked how old I was, and when I told her I was 50, her response was, "Good for you!" So much for the theory that 50 is the new 30. Amazing that I am able to get to and from the pool without assistance.

scyfreestyler
August 24th, 2009, 12:01 PM
During practice one day last year, I was discussing age groups with one of my teammates, a woman in her early forties. She asked how old I was, and when I told her I was 50, her response was, "Good for you!" So much for the theory that 50 is the new 30. Amazing that I am able to get to and from the pool without assistance.

Ha! So much for the "No way are you 50!" response.

TRYM_Swimmer
August 24th, 2009, 12:08 PM
During practice one day last year, I was discussing age groups with one of my teammates, a woman in her early forties. She asked how old I was, and when I told her I was 50, her response was, "Good for you!" So much for the theory that 50 is the new 30. Amazing that I am able to get to and from the pool without assistance.

Yes, I can remember that problem we had getting you into the TRY pool! Maybe Bevo can be enlisted to help you out now.

ViveBene
August 24th, 2009, 12:15 PM
Hello All, Thank-you for responding. It's good to know you are out there.I do have lots of questions and will try to feed them in slowly plus a little gossip about French competition swimmers and record holders. I'm not a very fast swimmer, at my best I do about 45 seconds for 50 meters but I try to put in 1 1/2 hours a day. Hoping to hear from you

From the land of Burger King (or seeds and nuts -- take your pick :D ) I'd love to be inundated by things French. Fresh croissants, coffee, elegant pastries, chic couture, l'Opera, l'accent grave. American streets in the early dawn smell of diesel fuel.

The forums have regular participants from Sweden, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Canada, and other places with water to swim in. I like the different perspectives and stories, and perhaps there will be a novel recipe to contribute to the nutrition thread.

:applaud:

stillwater
August 24th, 2009, 07:13 PM
I've always liked French fries and French toast.

Oh, there is that kissing thing too.

orca1946
August 24th, 2009, 08:00 PM
Well, at 61 & 62 , I won high piont trophy in my age group at state in Illinois. This year @ 63 - I was only 3rd!

FindingMyInnerFish
August 24th, 2009, 10:29 PM
I'm 58 and a slower swimmer than those who say they're slow. :) (I felt it a triumph just to break 2 mins. in the 100 free.) :cane:

Yet I still enjoy competing... with myself mainly, even while racing with others. I have tried a variety of events, including a Senior Games 100 IM. (I WILL NOT tell you my time for that, but let's just say it was ... an interesting experience.)

My longest race was a 5.25 mile open water swim two years ago, which gave me the rather frightening revelation that I could get into this long distance open water swimming... although I've got much to learn in that department, and I'm just in awe of Ahelee Sue Osborn's English Channel swim!

Once a few years ago, when I was running at my local track, I was talking with a younger woman. I don't know how this comment came up in the conversation, but she said, "you look good for your age."

"How old do you think I am?" I asked her. She studied me a moment and then said uncertainly, "um... like 30?"

Flattery will get you everywhere. :D

Bobinator
August 24th, 2009, 10:38 PM
Welcome Belle Vie!

I am 53 and I really enjoy the usms forums and blogs! I have learned alot here, and even made some on-line friends who I later met in person at long course nationals! :) The really cool thing is that age and swimming speed doesn't seem to be an issue. This is just a fun place to talk the talk, share, and rub elbows (on-line at least) with people you might otherwise never get to know. Enjoy my friend! :agree:

FindingMyInnerFish
August 24th, 2009, 10:44 PM
During practice one day last year, I was discussing age groups with one of my teammates, a woman in her early forties. She asked how old I was, and when I told her I was 50, her response was, "Good for you!" So much for the theory that 50 is the new 30. Amazing that I am able to get to and from the pool without assistance.

Well, based on that hardbodied pic, I would have been surprised you were fifty!

People who squint just right and view my gray hair as blond streaks might think I'm younger than my age. :D

sydned
August 25th, 2009, 08:59 PM
My mom doesn't swim, but started running at 50, ran her first marathon at 55, and has now done duathlons and her first Century bike ride at 62 last summer, and continues to run like a madwoman. She's 63 now and just did three races in three weeks--including the New York 1/2 marathon on an AWFUL humid and miserable day when many other runners dropped out.

I am damn proud. (And really lucky to have gotten her genes.)

bud
August 26th, 2009, 01:57 PM
I'm looking for a site for people who love swimming, are good swimmers but do not want to do competition swimming, especially a site that includes discussions by people over fifty....
I think you will find a lot of what you are looking for here.

I like going to local meets and participating, but I don't really qualify as a "competitive swimmer". I just do it because it is fun.

There are lots of threads on this forum that do not have a focus of competitive swimming. Feel free to stat your own. Asking questions is a good start.

I'm 51 now, but most days I feel at least 10 years older due to a debilitating arthritic condition. In 1994 I could not lift my arms out of the water, nor lift my elbows above my shoulders. Since then I've done a 200 fly and 400IM (legally, in competition, again, just for fun... and bragging rights). Most of my recovered mobility is from swimming. While my endurance is off now, my technique is still good. I still swim fly.

You will find all sorts of swimmers here.

I find this to be a well balanced BBS, with a lot of good information.

Welcome.

:)

Redbird Alum
August 29th, 2009, 11:59 AM
Belle -

51 and still having fun. I swim mostly on my own but come here (to the forums) and one or two meets a year to share, laugh, and learn.

Let us know what questions you have and come back often! Keep swimming!

Paul Smith
August 29th, 2009, 11:43 PM
50 sucks...even the AARP benefits aren't what I thought they would be. Buy a golf cart and get a hot tub...

geochuck
August 30th, 2009, 12:05 AM
Wait a while and ask the question when you are 76. I swam this morning for a little bit.

jim clemmons
August 30th, 2009, 12:13 AM
50 sucks...even the AARP benefits aren't what I thought they would be...

Too bad you didn't know that beforehand...maybe you could have declined the opportunity to leave the previous age-group. :bighug:

Not to worry...it gets worse before it gets better.

geochuck
August 30th, 2009, 10:05 AM
When you get to 50 my suggestion is hang up your swim suit.

Belle vie
August 30th, 2009, 10:50 AM
Wait a while and ask the question when you are 76. I swam this morning for a little bit.

I'm getting pretty close to 76 but my suit won't dry so I can't hang it up. :D

Maui Mike
August 30th, 2009, 10:56 AM
I will go to Kihei in a few hours to visit my Mom who is 90 and in a wheelchair, she broke her hip 15 months ago. She has also broken her neck, survived lymphoma, breast cancer, and skin cancer. Recently my goal is to get her back swimming, she was an age group coach in SoCal back in the fifties. The first time back in the pool was a few weeks ago and she put up a lot of resistance. But the last time was last Thursday and her attitude had made a huge shift for the better. She complains that she cannot believe how slow she is but I counter with "look how much further you go each time." The goal is 1/4 mile. She did 320 yards last time. I told her when she does 1/4 mile then we'll go play in the ocean. She is really enjoying this latest phase in her long swimming history.

Ahelee Sue Osborn
August 30th, 2009, 10:40 PM
I will go to Kihei in a few hours to visit my Mom who is 90 and in a wheelchair, she broke her hip 15 months ago. She has also broken her neck, survived lymphoma, breast cancer, and skin cancer. Recently my goal is to get her back swimming, she was an age group coach in SoCal back in the fifties. The first time back in the pool was a few weeks ago and she put up a lot of resistance. But the last time was last Thursday and her attitude had made a huge shift for the better. She complains that she cannot believe how slow she is but I counter with "look how much further you go each time." The goal is 1/4 mile. She did 320 yards last time. I told her when she does 1/4 mile then we'll go play in the ocean. She is really enjoying this latest phase in her long swimming history.

Mike - this is a GREAT story that takes my breath away!
What an amazing son you are for helping your Mother get back to the water.
Where did she coach in SoCal?
You can let her know that there is a swimmer in SoCal wishing her well in the water.
Ahelee
P.S. Be careful who overhears you encourage her to swim in masters meets or dive off the blocks...
:)

Maui Mike
August 31st, 2009, 02:51 AM
Mike - this is a GREAT story that takes my breath away!
What an amazing son you are for helping your Mother get back to the water.
Where did she coach in SoCal?
You can let her know that there is a swimmer in SoCal wishing her well in the water.
Ahelee
P.S. Be careful who overhears you encourage her to swim in masters meets or dive off the blocks...
:)

She coached the Blue Fin Swim Club and the Norwalk-La Mirada YMCA teams. Was also the head of aquatics for the American Red Cross.

But todays workout was a little much. Hip pain cut it short at 80yards --- I think she went out way too fast --- her pace would have shattered the 6 minute barrier for 100 yards. Maybe I should get her a tech suit?

Maui Mike
August 31st, 2009, 03:25 AM
PS
She also thinks Michael Phelps "is so cute."

spell_me
August 31st, 2009, 06:40 AM
Love it.

Belle vie
August 31st, 2009, 08:53 AM
Bravo to the both of you Mike. My only hope if I get to be 90 and near a pool is that they will have to urge my out rather than in .

orca1946
August 31st, 2009, 12:52 PM
Please read all the stuff from us that are not 20;s anymore .