View Full Version : Looking to begin again!

September 14th, 2003, 04:46 PM
I am looking to begin swimming again. I would also like to compete. There is a group near me with times I can go, I just need to get in there. I swam competively for 3 years in HS, and haven't since. I also taught swimming lessons, and lifeguarded for 4 years. My HS swimming was cut short by a pregnancy in the beginning of my senior year, or I probably would have swam at college as well... I used to be pretty good, and really enjoyed all aspects of swimming. Any tips for a "newbie"? TIA!

September 14th, 2003, 04:58 PM
yea get doing lots of laps!!!!regularly till u feel a winner then go for it...(thats my plan n-e way)

September 14th, 2003, 07:24 PM
Originally posted by WendyB
There is a group near me with times I can go, I just need to get in there.

Didn't you answer your own question? Just go get into the pool already!:)

September 14th, 2003, 09:50 PM
Get in the pool, the water is beckioning :)
Remember how good it feels to be in the water!

Joining a Masters team is great. A LOT more motivating than doing it on your own.

Plus, swimmers are usually really nice and friendly people. Since joining the team, I made some great new friends, of all ages.

September 14th, 2003, 10:57 PM
Look, if you're really having trouble getting motivated, do what I did. I just convinced myself that I will get sick and die if I don't swim. Swimming comes easy when it's a life or death situation.

Really, it works great. You swim, and you feel really great. You slack off for a few days, and you don't feel as great. You start thinking that your not-so-great feeling is death creeping up on you. You start to see eyes in the shadows and hear sinister laughs in the dark at night.

You get your ass back into the pool. Death leaves you alone. You feel great.

If only I could convince myself something similar in regards to cheeseburgers and pizza.

September 15th, 2003, 01:55 AM
There are places you can start on your own and then go to a team if it works with your job. Anyway, I have a litle advantage swimming on my own in that I swam as a kid years ago and gear
my workouts to my aginging body. Ido all four strokes but when I first staretd it was mainly freestyle and breaststroke. Read the fitness section and don't overdo it.

September 15th, 2003, 09:53 AM
My dad has heart problems, and I was, at age 25, already developing high cholesterol. So I too used the "If I don't swim I will get sick and die" motivation. It is very effective!

September 15th, 2003, 11:59 AM
To convience yourself pizza is a bad choice do something very similar. Every time you start to think about wanting pizza picture something so horrible that it would make you sick as a topping on the pizza. Pretty soon the thought of a pizza will make you sick. But then you probably won't be able to enjoy pizza occasionally. This is an old psychology trick where the adverse stimulant is connected to the positive/reinforcing stimulant so eventually the positive becomes a negative.

Matt S
September 15th, 2003, 01:33 PM

I most strongly recommend joining a masters team or a congenial workout group as soon as possible. Even though you are there for the conditioning, which you could do on your own theoretically, the friendship will keep you coming back.

Some people feel like they have to lose a few pounds, or get back to some level of conditioning from their (perhaps mythic) past. This is a fallacy that will kill your workout program. First, it's wrong. Unless you are unusually motivated, you will probably get bored on your own before you reach your goal. It can become an obstacle to you objective of sustained group workouts. Second, it's misguided. The people on the team you would join, they don't know how good or how thin you used to be. Show up today, or 6 months from now; you will still be Wendy to them. What they WILL notice, however, is if you show up today, just the way you are, and you drop 20 pounds or 20 seconds right before their eyes in the next 6 months.

Trust me on this one, you want a posse of your swimming buds as soon as possible. I noticed we do have a team listed at the Middle School in Avon, IN http://www.usms.org/placswim/placswimform.php Besides, Long Course Nationals are coming to your neck of the woods (Indiannapolis) next April. The younger age groups are thinnly contested, could be your big chance to score at Nationals...


Matt S
September 15th, 2003, 01:35 PM
The link doesn't do what I expected. Try this:

Avon - AVON Avon Masters Swimming
Indiana LMSC
Avon Intermediate School
174 South State Road 267 Avon, Indiana
Lap Swim / Workout Times: Monday,Wednesday and Friday 5:30-6:30 am; Tuesday and Thursday 6:00-7:30 pm; Saturday 9-10am
Contacts: Above; Bill Roach Aquatics Director Avon Schools (Broach@avon.k12.in.us)
Record Last Updated: 3/27/03

September 15th, 2003, 04:58 PM
Originally posted by laineybug
Every time you start to think about wanting pizza picture something so horrible that it would make you sick as a topping on the pizza.

Doesn't work. When I watched the horrible pizza scene in Spawn it nauseated me. But then I immediately started craving pizza and ordered one.

I also crave BBQ ribs whenever I watch the movie Babe.

September 15th, 2003, 05:45 PM
how often do you picture the pizza and picture it so vividly that you really feel sick? You have to practice it making you sick in order for it to work. One trial doesn't usually make the desired connection.

September 15th, 2003, 05:56 PM
But laineybug I really like pizza. Is there a way to direct the visualization to only after the third piece?

September 15th, 2003, 08:35 PM
Concerning pizza. Is'nt it supposed to be one of the most nutritous fast foods? Any registered dieticians out there?

Phil Arcuni
September 15th, 2003, 08:36 PM

What's wrong with pizza? I swim so I *can* eat pizza.

Hey! I'm pretty hungry!

September 15th, 2003, 09:34 PM
Just a small correction. Unless the world starts turning the other way 'round, the Indianapolis National Masters Meet next spring will be short course. (It's a good idea to double or triple check the words long and short course, as well as yards and meters every time they come up in the swimming world. Chances of a misprint are very great, if not "the greatest").

Look out y'all don't get wet.

September 18th, 2003, 04:39 PM
I didn't see your age, but if you are over 40, watch out for overtraining injuries. If you read through the forum, you will see a lot of posts having to do with injuries. My advice is, build up slowly. Injuries often happen without warning. They will develop over a several month period and then suddenly you can't swim and are faced with weeks or months of rehab. I've been swimming in masters for 3 years (age 49) and I have had several periods of down time for rehab.


Thomas Riley
September 26th, 2003, 03:23 AM
So what I hear folks saying is that I don't need to get in shape to get back with the swimmers (revisit my mythic past), and I shouldn't plan on setting any world records (at 44) anytime soon. Slow and steady and take it as it comes. Also,I like the motivational imagery of death creeping up on you. I do believe at this point in time that if I don't swim, well.... I might not die but I'm gonna get sick and worn out and then die. And maybe in a few months I'll be able to have some pizza and beer and not have it kill me.

Thanks for the encouragement. This is not my first time "rejoining," but I'd like it to be my last.


September 26th, 2003, 10:44 AM
My attitude towards pizza, beer, fast food, and other allegedly "unhealthy" foods is this: you should enjoy all of the things you like, as long as you control the quantity. Complete deprivation requires will power, and it can backfire (by leading to a binge); it is hard to sustain for a lifetime. However, it is possible to get into the habit of treating yourself to small portions: that way, you don't feel deprived and you can stay within healthful boundaries. The greatest enjoyment of a decadent treat comes from the first few bites.

All this can be accomplished more effectively if you get in the habit of reading food labels and counting calories as you go through the day. (After a while, it becomes almost effortless.) In return for the investment of arithmetical effort, you get a feeling of control and confidence.