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March 15th, 2011, 06:13 PM
Im 53 years old and havent swam in couple years. Is a 33 minute mile good.

March 15th, 2011, 10:45 PM
From the www.usms.org home page, move your mouse over the blue "Competition" tab at the top of the page, then select "Event Rankings."

(The direct link is here: http://www.usms.org/comp/meets//toptimes.php )

The 1650 Freestyle event is close to a mile in length. You can search for everyone in the country in your age group who swam that event during a given season, as follows:

Short Course Yards
Season: 2009-2010
Gender: M
Stroke: Free
Distance: 1650
Ages: 50 through: 54
Display Top: 200

Click the "Start Search" button.

March 16th, 2011, 10:57 AM
The bottom line is there are guys your age who can swim a mile in just over half the time it takes you. If you look at last year's USMS Top Ten list, four guys were under 18 minutes for the 1650. A true mile is 1760 yards, so figure it would take them a little more than one minute more to cover the additional distance.

March 16th, 2011, 05:09 PM
On the other hand, it depends on what your definition of "good" is.
Are you talking about a "pool mile" (1650 yds) or an open water swim?

Most of the general public would not be able to swim a mile, let alone finish faster than you. 33 minutes is very good.
If an alligator is chasing you, 33 minutes is not very good. :)

March 16th, 2011, 08:54 PM
Assuming 33 minutes is OW time, based on last yr's times on the La Jolla Rough Water Swim, that would put you in the top half of your age group.
http://www.ljrws.com/Asset172.aspx?method=1 (http://www.ljrws.com/Asset172.aspx?method=1)

Although, having done this swim twice now, my time was fully 15% slower :bitching: than my pool time for a full mile (1760 yds). There are so many variables in open water. At 33 minutes, you won't be winning any races but I think it's still a very good time. I bet 95+% of the population cannot swim a mile straight (or even a broken mile) so there. (of course, I bet 99+% of the USMS forum population can and do routinely!) I'd say a 33 minute pool mile would put you solidly in the "fitness swimmer" category.

March 17th, 2011, 12:29 PM
Although, having done this swim twice now, my time was fully 15% slower :bitching: than my pool time for a full mile (1760 yds).

It did it for the first time last year and only swam the Gatorman. Assuming the Gatorman is three miles, my pace was about 24% slower than my pool mile pace!

March 17th, 2011, 06:13 PM
O P will always be slower without walls every 25/50 to push off of/from!
That said - good for you in doing a mile . Keep it going, join a masters team &/or open water club.