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moose
October 1st, 2009, 09:55 AM
I'm back in the pool after a brief 18 year break consisting mostly of eating chips and watching football. My brief comeback has consisted of 3 coached practices and one swim on my own.

Some Observations:

1. I wish I had found masters swimming organization years ago. This is an amazing group that you have here. I've trolled thru about the first 80 pages of the discussion forums, what a great resource this board is.

2. Just when I start whining about being old (I'm 36). I find posts and pictures here of people much older than I excelling at this sport. I'll button my lip and continue to grind it out in the pool. But please know that you're all a huge inspiration.

3. I am a workout junkie. In high school I was considered one of those guys who overachieved in practice and underachieved in meets. While I enjoyed competing, my brief comeback has convinced me that what I enjoyed and missed the most was the workouts.

4. A coached practice is WAY more effective for me than a self guided tour. Something about having accountability that inspires me to push my boundaries.

5. Butterfly is VERY VERY hard. I tried to do 2 100's this morning and I pulled up lame at about 65 yards. I have a long way to go to be in shape.

6. I'm intrigued by open water events, but the distances seem way scary. Any insight you open water folks can give to a complete noobie I would sure appreciate.

Thank you for all the great posts and stuff here. Eventually you might see me at some local meets in Minnesota, for now I'm just enjoying getting this pudgy body into some sort of shape. I notice some difference already in just a week's time.

Bobinator
October 1st, 2009, 11:47 AM
Welcome back Noobie! I agree with all the points you just made.
OW is alot more of an adventure than pool racing. If you like to work with the elements of nature(and as they change on a minute-to-minute basis) you would probably like ow swimming. For a first time I'd start with a short on (1 mile) and do it in a small lake. Get some experience and the sky is the limit! :blush:

geminidragonizer
October 1st, 2009, 01:02 PM
Hello Moose - Some of us are returning to the pool from a long break, just like yourself. I took off 20 years and these forums have been great. My advice - watch YouTube videos, read Ande's swim faster faster and keep at it!

ande
October 1st, 2009, 04:10 PM
welcome you'll be Swimming Faster Faster before you know it

good luck with your aquatic adventures

Ande

Donna
October 1st, 2009, 08:37 PM
Welcome, you are in good company. Look forward to see you on the boards and at meets in the future.

swimshark
October 2nd, 2009, 07:43 AM
Welcome!! You have made some good observations. I took 11 years off and when I got back in the water, I could agree with everything you said. Even now I could agree with the fly part :bow: Hang in there, it will all get easier and more fun.

orca1946
October 2nd, 2009, 12:51 PM
The MOOSE is loose !!! Welcome to our world of fun & sport.

Mookie
October 3rd, 2009, 09:18 AM
Welcome home, Moose. I've been back in the pool for two years after a thirty year break from swimming that was spent surfing, and swimming has been wonderful in every respect.

PS: Fly will get easier, but back stroke will always suck :)

bamueller
October 7th, 2009, 01:29 PM
Good for you for returning to the pool.

I returned 18 months ago, not knowing what to expect. I could never get into cardio exercise, no matter how interesting I tried to make it. Running, jogging, tread mills, all that just doesn't do it for me, so I struggled to keep at it consistently. I play hockey, but that's once a week, and with little ones at home, it's less.

Swimming, on the other hand, has been great for me. For some reason, I am consistently swimming for an hour 3-5 times per week. I am still trying to figure out why it is more fun to me than running ever has been. Perhaps I think too much.

So welcome! I think you'll enjoy it, and this is a fantastic resource for support.

__steve__
October 7th, 2009, 04:26 PM
I am still trying to figure out why it is more fun to me than running ever has been. Perhaps I think too much.Because you're a swimmer. :)