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jim thornton
February 9th, 2007, 02:11 PM
Since my previous poll looks to be shut down reasonably soon (it appears to have attracted the evicted tenants from the dating/marriage thread), I thought I would try yet another one on the social component of masters swimming. I am pretty sure that when the sport was founded, socializing and camaraderie were key parts of the whole business.

As a former coach for a smallish team in my home town, plus a former college "continuing education" teacher of writing classes (i.e., non graded, non credit), it struck me very clearly that some people are very dedicated to the specific activity per se (be this swimming or learning how to write a magazine article), but the majority come together to participate only partly because of the ostensible reason, and partly (if not mainly) for the chance to be around and enjoy the company of folks they have something in common with.

Julie Roddin
February 9th, 2007, 02:24 PM
My team goes to breakfast after Saturday morning practice and to a bar on Thursday nights. When I first joined the team in 1999 I was shocked that people actually went out every week, but as I got more and more comfortable getting to know my teammates, I actually looked forward to Thursday nights to go eat chips, burgers, have a beer or a chocolate waffle over a good conversation...mostly not even swimming related! Sometimes people show up and haven't even been to practice. Or me lately, I go to Fort's team's practice now on Thursday nights and then go over and meet my friends at the bar. We've all become really good friends over the years. Thursday night is "bar night."

SwimStud
February 9th, 2007, 02:26 PM
I have no team...:( but if I did and they went out I'd be there more often than not.
:applaud: Team needs team building.

3degree
February 9th, 2007, 02:32 PM
We have early morning practices only (6am M-F, 7am Sat). Everyone is trying to get to work immediately after practice so there is little time for socializing after..... I guess they could go out for breakfast and carbo reloading on a Sat. morning.......

Donna
February 9th, 2007, 03:50 PM
We do breakfast on Friday's after morning practice. There are only a few true swimmers (2-3) the rest are Tri's, but they have accepted me farely well.

Occasionally I might do 1 or 2 of their night parties per year but for the most part those are Tri events and advertised as such.

Donna

waves101
February 9th, 2007, 05:07 PM
I like to host a summer get together for the team so we can interact outside of a practice or competition but other than that its just the occasional meal after a meet or a weekend practice.

Ivor
February 9th, 2007, 05:53 PM
Remember - there is no 'i' in team.

But there is an 'i' in both 'drinking' and 'dinner'.

We go out all the time, at least once a week for breakfast on a Saturday morning and usually more.

We even sometimes socialise with swimmers from other teams.

And every world masters championships we crash the German national team party, drink their beer and eat their food. They're always so friendly it would be rude not to.

I think the social aspect is the best thing about masters swimming. I would find it difficult to do it without it.

poolraat
February 9th, 2007, 05:58 PM
Even though I am associated with a team, They are 240 miles away and I've only swam a few workouts with them. I don't even know if they have any kind of social get togethers.

I have swam with the masters group in Salt Lake City, and a some of them go to breakfast after their Saturday workouts. I've joined them a few times. It's a great way to get to know each other.

chlorini
February 9th, 2007, 06:03 PM
Like 3degree, my team practices in the early mornings only (and only M-F). But whenever there is a holiday, we have breakfast after practice. We also do team dinners after meets, and people host a few other parties throughout the year. I definitely enjoy the combination of working out hard together and also becoming friends and supporters of one another.

SwimStud
February 9th, 2007, 06:15 PM
Even though I am associated with a team, They are 240 miles away

I bet they're grateful! :eek: :eek: :joker: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: ;)

tjburk
February 9th, 2007, 06:49 PM
Ivor.....there are 2 I's in Winning Team though!!!! LOL JK :thhbbb:

The Fortress
February 12th, 2007, 09:36 AM
My team goes to breakfast after Saturday morning practice and to a bar on Thursday nights. When I first joined the team in 1999 I was shocked that people actually went out every week, but as I got more and more comfortable getting to know my teammates, I actually looked forward to Thursday nights to go eat chips, burgers, have a beer or a chocolate waffle over a good conversation...mostly not even swimming related! Sometimes people show up and haven't even been to practice. Or me lately, I go to Fort's team's practice now on Thursday nights and then go over and meet my friends at the bar. We've all become really good friends over the years. Thursday night is "bar night."

Well, who the heck were you swimming with before? You could at least hang out in the hot tub and speak about unspeakable subjects with us for a bit .... Look what you missed last Thursday night. :rofl:

Julie Roddin
February 12th, 2007, 09:41 AM
Well, who the heck were you swimming with before? You could at least hang out in the hot tub and speak about unspeakable subjects with us for a bit .... Look what you missed last Thursday night. :rofl:

I do hang out in the hot tub...before going to hang out at the bar with my other team. Other team is FXCM and I was recently elected to the BOD. I swim with them on Mon/Wed these days. Heard I missed a good post-workout conversation last Thursday. I wonder how many other team's pools have hot tubs. They're hard to find around NOVA!

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SwimStud
February 12th, 2007, 09:48 AM
I do hang out in the hot tub...before going to hang out at the bar with my other team. Other team is FXCM and I was recently elected to the BOD. I swim with them on Mon/Wed these days. Heard I missed a good post-workout conversation last Thursday. I wonder how many other team's pools have hot tubs. They're hard to find around NOVA!

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I dunno..I think I have to relocate down VA/MD way seems that's where the intense swimming and swimmer social life is. Beer chug relays across the Delaware etc...who's in?

The Fortress
February 12th, 2007, 10:55 AM
I do hang out in the hot tub...before going to hang out at the bar with my other team. Other team is FXCM and I was recently elected to the BOD. I swim with them on Mon/Wed these days. Heard I missed a good post-workout conversation last Thursday. I wonder how many other team's pools have hot tubs. They're hard to find around NOVA!

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That is a lot of working out! I think you'll be ready to rock and roll by the time of the Bay swim! Watch out Muppet!

Rich:

Most people I know do a fair bit of :drink: . I'm sure you'd fit right in.;) Although having your own hot tub is pretty great. Did you sit in it again after your triumph this weekend? I miss that speedo santa avatar.

SwimStud
February 12th, 2007, 11:17 AM
Rich:

Most people I know do a fair bit of :drink: . I'm sure you'd fit right in.;)

Although having your own hot tub is pretty great. Did you sit in it again after your triumph this weekend? I miss that speedo santa avatar.

I've barely drunk of late although I had 2 last night. No tub. Perhaps tonight after training.

My personal hottub should motivate anyone to come to CT to train with me...
...I make wicked cocktails too...not that I want you drunk in the tub or anything...

oops guess I should tread carefully right about here...sounds a bit naughty instead of Groucho Marx goofy... "If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me? *wiggle eyebrows*

Caped Crusader
February 12th, 2007, 11:47 AM
I"m glad the thought police haven't stopped your amusing posting, BritWit. I'm sure others are too. Wish I had an outdoor hot tub.

SwimStud
February 12th, 2007, 11:52 AM
I"m glad the thought police haven't stopped your amusing posting, BritWit. I'm sure others are too. Wish I had an outdoor hot tub.

I can't resist th Fortress when she set's me up like that. Of course my offer stands for you to join me for beers in my post workout hottub too...we can talk about hunting and football (both types) then stand on the snow covered ground in our manly swimshorts and cook hot dogs on the BBQ...

just remember there is no diving pit on the hottub though so consider that a liabilty disclaimer...


"...they can't stop us laughing..."

The Fortress
February 12th, 2007, 12:09 PM
I can't resist th Fortress when she set's me up like that. Of course my offer stands for you to join me for beers in my post workout hottub too...we can talk about hunting and football (both types) then stand on the snow covered ground in our manly swimshorts and cook hot dogs on the BBQ...

just remember there is no diving pit on the hottub though so consider that a liabilty disclaimer...


"...they can't stop us laughing..."

I can't resist the SwimStud when he sets me up like that:

"Waivers aren't worth the paper they're written on." Geek

Hunting? I can only guess what you're hunting. But since this is clearly a social thread dealing with socializing, it's probably OK to mention that word.

SwimStud
February 12th, 2007, 12:10 PM
Hunting? I can only guess what you're hunting. But since this is clearly a social thread dealing with socializing, it's probably OK to mention that word.

"Lions, and tigers and bears...oh my!"
:groovy: :wiggle::banana: :wave:

poolraat
February 12th, 2007, 12:29 PM
Hunting? I can only guess what you're hunting.

Shhhhhh. Be vewy, vewy qwiet. I'm hunting wabbit.

Peter Cruise
February 12th, 2007, 05:49 PM
Lately, I've told teamates that I can't hang around and socialize after workout; "I've got to rush home and catch the latest episode of BickerFest on the USMS Forums"...they just don't get it...

SwimStud
February 12th, 2007, 06:06 PM
Lately, I've told teamates that I can't hang around and socialize after workout; "I've got to rush home and catch the latest episode of BickerFest on the USMS Forums"...they just don't get it...

LOL
Are you looking at me?

ensignada
February 12th, 2007, 07:47 PM
Of course my offer stands for you to join me for beers in my post workout hottub too...we can talk about hunting and football (both types) then stand on the snow covered ground in our manly swimshorts and cook hot dogs on the BBQ...

Pictures, please? :rofl::rofl::rofl:

jaegermeister
February 12th, 2007, 09:54 PM
Of course my offer stands for you to join me for beers in my post workout hottub too...we can talk about hunting and football (both types) then stand on the snow covered ground in our manly swimshorts and cook hot dogs on the BBQ...



I'll bring some vile green liquor and some tunes. :joker:

SwimStud
February 12th, 2007, 09:58 PM
Pictures, please? :rofl::rofl::rofl:

You want pictures...you best come get em... ;)

Caped Crusader
February 12th, 2007, 11:44 PM
Lately, I've told teamates that I can't hang around and socialize after workout; "I've got to rush home and catch the latest episode of BickerFest on the USMS Forums"...they just don't get it...

Nah, you can catch up quick with the skim feature and just pop in once in awhile for the laughs or necessary defense.

Ensignada: That avatar is so impressive that I'm off to nominate you.