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Type1Racegirl
June 26th, 2012, 05:27 PM
Hi there - recently discovered my love for swimming at the ripe age of 31 and am currently enrolled in lessons with the hopes of joining a LMSC this Fall (not sure which one yet, but have narrowed it down to 3).

long story short, I went from couch potato to triathlete almost overnight in 2009 and now absolutely love triathlons, but a recent stress fracture had me sidelined for the last 8 weeks and so I have done nothing but swim and have really enjoyed it as much if not more than cycling and certainly more so than running.

I'm okay with freestyle, but I had never even attempted any of the other strokes (nor diving, nor flipturns), so I bought a package of lessons and now am working on form and technique.... just figured I'd start posting in a swim specific message board to pick up on some lingo and workouts... so, um, hi!

no200fly
June 26th, 2012, 09:11 PM
Welcome.

I think you will enjoy swimming. Starting with a team will make swimming workout a lot more fun and you will have a coach to help with technique.

There are a lot of people around here who would be glad to answer questions and point you in the direction of groups or teams.

Type1Racegirl
June 27th, 2012, 10:39 AM
Thanks so much... if there are any people in the NYC area, I've narrowed it down to 3 teams:

Red Tide http://www.redtidenyc.org/
AGUA http://www.aguamasters.org/Home.jsp?team=aguamasters
Bearcats http://www.bearcatmasters.org/

any comments/thoughts?

Also, please be gentle but I'd love some critique of the following videos my instructor took on Monday:

dive/flipturn (both of which I just learned the day before): https://vimeo.com/44741285

freestyle (just learned how to bilateral breathe so a little slow): https://vimeo.com/44740905

backstroke (now know to only keep my arms straight above water, need more of a pull under water): https://vimeo.com/44741201

my breast and fly strokes are pretty horrendous but gradually getting better - I find that using fins helps me get in a rhythm with the fly and practicing these water polo water treading drills helps with the snappy kick in the breast stroke, but it's still a work in progress.

thanks!

no200fly
June 28th, 2012, 11:48 AM
Thanks so much... if there are any people in the NYC area, I've narrowed it down to 3 teams:

Red Tide http://www.redtidenyc.org/
AGUA http://www.aguamasters.org/Home.jsp?team=aguamasters
Bearcats http://www.bearcatmasters.org/

any comments/thoughts?

Also, please be gentle but I'd love some critique of the following videos my instructor took on Monday:

dive/flipturn (both of which I just learned the day before): https://vimeo.com/44741285

freestyle (just learned how to bilateral breathe so a little slow): https://vimeo.com/44740905

backstroke (now know to only keep my arms straight above water, need more of a pull under water): https://vimeo.com/44741201

my breast and fly strokes are pretty horrendous but gradually getting better - I find that using fins helps me get in a rhythm with the fly and practicing these water polo water treading drills helps with the snappy kick in the breast stroke, but it's still a work in progress.

thanks!

Rachelle -

You may want to post a separate question about teams in the NY area. That should get the attention of the swimmers in the area. If you want to move to Texas, I can give you a lot of advice.

I watched you videos. I think everything looks great for someone just starting competitive swimming. I would suggest that you start with a team sooner rather than later. Your turns will improve with every one that you do. Your strokes will improve as you strengthen the muscles involved and you will be able to feel how differences in your stroke affect your times on sets.

The skills you have now are sufficient to fit in at a masters workout. You can do that and continue your instruction if you want to work on technique - but I think you are ready to start now.

Type1Racegirl
June 28th, 2012, 01:16 PM
Rachelle -

You may want to post a separate question about teams in the NY area. That should get the attention of the swimmers in the area. If you want to move to Texas, I can give you a lot of advice.

I watched you videos. I think everything looks great for someone just starting competitive swimming. I would suggest that you start with a team sooner rather than later. Your turns will improve with every one that you do. Your strokes will improve as you strengthen the muscles involved and you will be able to feel how differences in your stroke affect your times on sets.

The skills you have now are sufficient to fit in at a masters workout. You can do that and continue your instruction if you want to work on technique - but I think you are ready to start now.

Thanks so much - I'll post a separate thread about the teams and thank you for the vote of confidence! There are several reasons for choosing to join a Masters in the Fall - the main one being I have a bunch of races coming up that I'll need to focus on cycling and running a bit more over the next couple of months... and the gym I just joined and am waiting for it to open actually might have their own team in late August/early September so that's an option... but yes, in the Fall and especially the Winter when I'm not out cycling/running as much, I would LOVE to increase the swimming to 4x a week with an actual team :banana:

ande
June 28th, 2012, 02:59 PM
Hi there - recently discovered my love for swimming at the ripe age of 31 and am currently enrolled in lessons with the hopes of joining a LMSC this Fall (not sure which one yet, but have narrowed it down to 3).
long story short, I went from couch potato to triathlete almost overnight in 2009 and now absolutely love triathlons, but a recent stress fracture had me sidelined for the last 8 weeks and so I have done nothing but swim and have really enjoyed it as much if not more than cycling and certainly more so than running.
I'm okay with freestyle, but I had never even attempted any of the other strokes (nor diving, nor flipturns), so I bought a package of lessons and now am working on form and technique.... just figured I'd start posting in a swim specific message board to pick up on some lingo and workouts... so, um, hi!

Hey race girl,

welcome to the USMS Boards

keep training
get in a good program

Swim Faster Faster and Ask Ande (http://www.usms.org/forums/showthread.php?t=4418&page=83) might help you

Set goals, keep training, be patient

Ande

orca1946
June 28th, 2012, 04:31 PM
Hi race girl A team will be a great winter & off season plus for you. Go to a few workouts of each team to see the dynamics of each. Do they get along, does the coach really help new swimmers, will you fit in with the ages/ gender mix.
Good luck & keep us posted.