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Sumorunner
January 21st, 2017, 08:39 PM
Just back from my first ever swim meet. Swam the 50y & 200y free. The best I ever did in training for 50y was 54 sec., today 51.91. I swam the 200 at my everyday pace not wanting to stress myself, 4:27.43. I've never done a 200 even in practice except on the way to 500 or 1000. I was happy with that and was probably even first in my AG since I saw no other 65-69 in that event. Also met a couple other first timers there, one of whom had only learned to swim a year ago.

It was also the first time I ever got the chance to dive off a starting block. None of the facilities I go to will allow it, so I just did a few practice dives but dove in from the deck in the races.

I'll be 69 next Sunday, so I want to do the epostal hour swim for the occasion. Next pool meet is Mar 5 in Southern Saratoga County. Waiting to hear from ssumargo next.

sickfish
January 21st, 2017, 09:42 PM
Congrats!

ForceDJ
January 21st, 2017, 11:47 PM
Good job Sumo!

Dan

swimark
January 22nd, 2017, 06:10 AM
Awesome, and it sounds like you're hooked!

ElaineK
January 22nd, 2017, 02:27 PM
:applaud:Way to go, Sumo! Now you have a baseline and know what you can do. Keep striving to improve!

NutcaseSSS
January 22nd, 2017, 10:30 PM
Just back from my first ever swim meet. Swam the 50y & 200y free. The best I ever did in training for 50y was 54 sec., today 51.91. I swam the 200 at my everyday pace not wanting to stress myself, 4:27.43. I've never done a 200 even in practice except on the way to 500 or 1000. I was happy with that and was probably even first in my AG since I saw no other 65-69 in that event. Also met a couple other first timers there, one of whom had only learned to swim a year ago.

It was also the first time I ever got the chance to dive off a starting block. None of the facilities I go to will allow it, so I just did a few practice dives but dove in from the deck in the races.

I'll be 69 next Sunday, so I want to do the epostal hour swim for the occasion. Next pool meet is Mar 5 in Southern Saratoga County. Waiting to hear from ssumargo next.

Great!


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ssumargo
January 23rd, 2017, 09:25 AM
ahhhhh!! congrats!

I have not signed up for the meet (yet). I have a couple more weeks to think about it. I've been making up excuses to justify why I shouldn't go.

But this is so amazing! I've been checking the forums religiously for your post. You make it sound so much fun and easy. I've been thinking of doing the epostal as well, but I can't find anyone that could enter the gym and count/time my laps.

orca1946
January 23rd, 2017, 11:17 AM
It sounds as if you had a good time and good times. Keep at it . Congrats. You are a Masters swimmer!

cinc3100
January 26th, 2017, 07:45 PM
Just back from my first ever swim meet. Swam the 50y & 200y free. The best I ever did in training for 50y was 54 sec., today 51.91. I swam the 200 at my everyday pace not wanting to stress myself, 4:27.43. I've never done a 200 even in practice except on the way to 500 or 1000. I was happy with that and was probably even first in my AG since I saw no other 65-69 in that event. Also met a couple other first timers there, one of whom had only learned to swim a year ago.

It was also the first time I ever got the chance to dive off a starting block. None of the facilities I go to will allow it, so I just did a few practice dives but dove in from the deck in the races.

I'll be 69 next Sunday, so I want to do the epostal hour swim for the occasion. Next pool meet is Mar 5 in Southern Saratoga County. Waiting to hear from ssumargo next.

Yes, I just did a senior Olympics meet and the best 50 yard Breast in practice with the pace clock was 54 and in the race I did 51.21 and I did a 1:48.53 in 100 yard Breast. Pratice I think the best was between 1:55 to 1:57. So, you did well. I don't compared the times I did at age 45 which were 42.5 in 50 yard breast and 1:34 in 100 yard breast. Just have to go with my body now but are doing well for your age.

Sumorunner
January 28th, 2017, 09:44 PM
Q: How long does it generally take to see results from a meet posted? I'm accustomed to running races and seeing results online almost immediately. I've directed a few road races myself and strove to get them uploaded the same day. Oh sure, 25 years ago before everyone had internet connections and even those who did had to dial up, it would have taken a few days at most. But here I am a week from the last meet and have not seen official results posted. Is this normal.

swimark
January 28th, 2017, 11:27 PM
Q: How long does it generally take to see results from a meet posted? I'm accustomed to running races and seeing results online almost immediately. I've directed a few road races myself and strove to get them uploaded the same day. Oh sure, 25 years ago before everyone had internet connections and even those who did had to dial up, it would have taken a few days at most. But here I am a week from the last meet and have not seen official results posted. Is this normal.

For the meets that I have participated in, generally it took a week or two for the results to be posted. Some were posted the same day, however there was one meet that I did five years ago that was never posted.

In a open water event that I swam in last summer those results were "live", as soon as I crossed the finish line a text was sent. Made my wife who was unable to attend very happy that I survived ;-)

Similarly I too am waiting for the results from a meet that I swam in last weekend.

If you look at the USMS meet results page it not only list the meet dates, but the submitted dates as well.

orca1946
January 30th, 2017, 12:08 PM
Yes it does take a while for the results to be posted. Good swims and fun for you. Keep at it. congrats

knelson
January 30th, 2017, 12:13 PM
Q: How long does it generally take to see results from a meet posted? I'm accustomed to running races and seeing results online almost immediately. I've directed a few road races myself and strove to get them uploaded the same day. Oh sure, 25 years ago before everyone had internet connections and even those who did had to dial up, it would have taken a few days at most. But here I am a week from the last meet and have not seen official results posted. Is this normal.

Often results are posted in real time or close to it. Check the swimphone.com site or the MeetMobile app. There's a good chance (but no guarantees) that results can be found on one of them.

j cook
January 30th, 2017, 07:19 PM
Looks like you are hooked. I say congrats. And congrats for being brave enough to share. ]

j cook
January 30th, 2017, 07:21 PM
times are posted now

Sumorunner
January 31st, 2017, 07:28 AM
Yes. I sent an email to the meet director and he gave me the link.

orca1946
January 31st, 2017, 10:59 PM
UUUMMM? link is to an "art gallery"? Did I miss something?

Sumorunner
February 1st, 2017, 07:24 AM
UUUMMM? link is to an "art gallery"? Did I miss something?


Oh right, forgot to include the meet link
https://www.usms.org/comp/meets/meet.php?MeetID=20170121HPNTRY
(https://www.usms.org/comp/meets/meet.php?MeetID=20170121HPNTRY)
The other is my personal web page, always in the signature after every post.

orca1946
February 1st, 2017, 10:16 AM
OK Now we can look at times. thanx

ssumargo
February 5th, 2017, 01:56 PM
I did it! @Sumorunner, if it weren't for you, I wouldn't have signed up. So thank you so much for the push.

Anyways, I am back from my first meet. I didn't have the guts like you to dive in, so I started in the water. I was the only one that started in the water, but nobody commented on it. I met some really nice people, but also bumped into really nasty ones too. While watching an event, the guy standing next to me was commenting about how slow some people are. I was so nervous before my first event, but by the time of my second event, my nerves had calmed down a bit. I really had fun, wish we had more events in NY. Next up, the 1 hour ePostals.

Sumorunner
February 5th, 2017, 05:47 PM
Check the Shawangunk Masters in New Paltz. They may have a meet or two. We have one in Southern Saratoga County Mar 5, but it's probably 3.5 hrs from you.

cinc3100
February 5th, 2017, 09:24 PM
Check the Shawangunk Masters in New Paltz. They may have a meet or two. We have one in Southern Saratoga County Mar 5, but it's probably 3.5 hrs from you.

Hopefully, there is a senior olympics event in your area where you can try for medals.

Sumorunner
February 5th, 2017, 09:57 PM
NY Senior Games is June 16-17 in Cortland, which is pretty close to nowhere, about an hour south of Syracuse. It would be a 4 hr drive for me, maybe 5 hrs from Westchester.

Sumorunner
February 10th, 2017, 05:55 PM
I did my 1 hour swim today, Feb 10. First time I've gone that long non-stop. 2275 yds (1.3 miles). I didn't bother registering it with usms. No need to pay $7 to be listed near last place. I was happy just doing it.

ssumargo
February 10th, 2017, 06:32 PM
that's awesome!

Don't you get a free t-shirt though? Or do you only get one if you win an award? I wanted that t-shirt...

Was planning to do it this week, but then I got sick. I haven't been in the pool for 4 days now. And I don't think I will be able to go for another week. It will most probably take another week for me to get close to where I was before getting sick in terms of strength and stamina. This is what happens when I procrastinate.

What event will you be doing next?

Sumorunner
February 10th, 2017, 06:45 PM
I bought a USMS tee shirt and hat and hoodie and got the first-timer shirt at an open water event last August. I don't need anymore. Plus, I've run over 480 road races and have a truckload of shirts.

Nichollsvi
February 12th, 2017, 07:50 PM
Go Sumo, cinc31003100 and ssumargo!! Way to go you all!

I am a slow handicapped swimmer, but I got to swim with a legend in the next lane of the 200 fly at the NOVA meet.

200 breast: 35 second PR
200 back: 33 second PR
200 fly: 1 second off my PR (stayed in the water because after a 5 min break I was in the same lane to swim the 200 free)
200 free: 12 second PR
200 IM: 15 second PR

and PR'ed the 500 the next day by 57 seconds! :)

Yeah my times aren't great, but I am at least improving. The sad part is I am trying to get the lifeguards to swim a 100 fly in 4x25 and they talk dying. :)

Sumorunner
February 16th, 2017, 10:40 AM
OK then. I just registered for my second meet, March 5. I guess I have to ditch this first-timer thread now.

Sumorunner
March 5th, 2017, 06:29 PM
2nd meet done. Took off .8 sec in the 50y free. It could have been 2 sec, but had a terrible entry. Foot slipped backwards and I just belly flopped into the water with no momentum. Lost a second in the 200 free. No excuses. I was thinking later, having a whole hour between events, maybe I should have done another couple warmup laps.

Nichollsvi
March 5th, 2017, 07:06 PM
Excellent!!! I mean on the races - and you can better that in your third meet. :) Things happen. We all have off days or off races. I'm glad for your PR.


2nd meet done. Took off .8 sec in the 50y free. It could have been 2 sec, but had a terrible entry. Foot slipped backwards and I just belly flopped into the water with no momentum. Lost a second in the 200 free. No excuses. I was thinking later, having a whole hour between events, maybe I should have done another couple warmup laps.

cinc3100
March 5th, 2017, 10:07 PM
2nd meet done. Took off .8 sec in the 50y free. It could have been 2 sec, but had a terrible entry. Foot slipped backwards and I just belly flopped into the water with no momentum. Lost a second in the 200 free. No excuses. I was thinking later, having a whole hour between events, maybe I should have done another couple warmup laps.

50's and 200's are so different from each other. I was hoping there was a state meet near by but its in Goodyear two hours away, maybe they will have a meet this summer, if not I might tried the Polar Bear which is a masters meet next year and the senior olympics again in Tucson.

FindingMyInnerFish
March 6th, 2017, 09:11 AM
Well done, everyone! Sumorunner--you're about in my range speedwise, although your 50s are faster than mine. Hopefully we'll meet in a meet! :)

Nichollsvi.... if you're doing 200 fly and 200 IM, you're braver than I am! My longest fly event was 50 and I was really, really SLOW... like "are we there yet??"

I usually only do other strokes in meets if there's a 25 distance, so as to try them out without holding up the proceedings for too long--more just as practice.

I only wish swim meets were as frequent as road races. I enjoy those I can attend, although not as many as I'd like. Fortunately, my masters coach will sometimes have Thursday night relays, and creates mixed teams by speed, so that faster and slower swimmers work together. Lots of fun! Sometimes he even invites winners to pick from a box of prizes. He'll do things like pair people up and have one person kick and the other pull, or have a couple medley relays and in the second require us to do different strokes than in the first. Kind of helps wean us freestyle addicts away from our comfort zones. It's a light-hearted kind of break from the more serious part of the practice, yet still instructive.

Nichollsvi
March 6th, 2017, 10:32 AM
Possibly more dumb. I just can't stand not trying something and pushing my limits. I'm slow, don't get me wrong, but I'm working on it. That's what matters. I always check first to see if it is ok. Actually in the locker room I asked, and if you are like 5 minutes+ on a 100 stroke or something, 10 min more on the 500, that's where people draw the line at Masters, not Seniors meets. Otherwise if you are a minute or two or so, people are like ... whooptie big deal ... shrug ... gives me a break between my swims. If you are doing 100/200 fly or the longer IM's, etc. they will give you more leeway because about everyone knows what it takes to swim those and I've gotten a lot of 'you are braver than I am' so the tolerance level is different. Being handicapped makes it a bit more leeway also.

I had people coming up to me and saying I wouldn't have the guts to do a 200 breast on pull only. They were really complimentary on that.

Btw, I am ALL about getting out of the comfort zone. If you want to walk on water, you gotta get out of the boat.




Nichollsvi.... if you're doing 200 fly and 200 IM, you're braver than I am! My longest fly event was 50 and I was really, really SLOW... like "are we there yet??"

I only wish swim meets were as frequent as road races. I enjoy those I can attend, although not as many as I'd like. Fortunately, my masters coach will sometimes have Thursday night relays, and creates mixed teams by speed, so that faster and slower swimmers work together. Lots of fun! Sometimes he even invites winners to pick from a box of prizes. He'll do things like pair people up and have one person kick and the other pull, or have a couple medley relays and in the second require us to do different strokes than in the first. Kind of helps wean us freestyle addicts away from our comfort zones. It's a light-hearted kind of break from the more serious part of the practice, yet still instructive.

orca1946
March 6th, 2017, 11:34 AM
You are faster than anyone at home on he couch!! Keep at it my friend!

AndriaL
April 13th, 2017, 11:27 PM
Great job! I'm working up the nerve to enter my first meet. I just got back in the pool less than a month ago after being out of the pool for about 10 years and I'm totally out of shape now and carrying an extra 40lbs. I'm also looking to enter either a 100 free or 200 free.

Look to maybe enter a meet in 2 weeks if I don't chicken out.

Nichollsvi
April 14th, 2017, 07:50 AM
Go for it AndriaL.

Sumorunner
April 14th, 2017, 08:26 AM
Why not? I was willing to get into something new at 68, what's to stop anyone else? I now have under my belt, other than an extra 50 lbs, 2 pool meets, one OWS, and on May 7 I'm signing up for a sprint Tri. At the start of the 50y in my last meet, my foot slipped and I belly flopped into the water with no forward impetus and still got a PR time.

rxleakem
April 15th, 2017, 10:12 PM
Meets are so much fun as a masters swimmer. The only pressure is what you put on yourself, so relax and have a good time!
:thewave:


I'm also looking to enter either a 100 free or 200 free.

Remember to take your swim out easier than you think you should. Your first events back in the water will help you set some goals (both times to beat and ways to cause less pain :D)

Sumorunner
May 8th, 2017, 08:18 AM
And now I've done my first triathlon, a sprint tri at the local YMCA. 350y swim, 10.8 mi bike, 5K run, although with arthritis I am forced to walk the 5K. The swim was my strongest leg after several months of masters team practice. At 69 I was the oldest competitor by far and finished dead-ass last due to a 55 minute 5K, but it was a fun event and easier than I had been led to believe. Not even sore this morning.

So to add it up, since I was diagnosed with severe spinal issues last year and switched to swimming, 1 mile OWS, 2 pool meets & 1 sprint tri.

AndriaL
May 8th, 2017, 10:52 PM
Way to go! That is awesome :)

DanDumee1
May 18th, 2017, 08:19 AM
Congrats :applaud: