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JPSWMCCH
July 4th, 2007, 11:38 AM
Laura Smith's newly USMS posted article, about doing new things that are difficult for us, is really great. The description of her 200 Fly attempt is hilarious...and so true for many of us. I think her message is important in Masters Swimming, as well as in life! (Keeps the brain working anew, keeps the body working in a new way, and for the people who get "stuck" or bored in their swimming...it's great for the spirit to do different activities or events!) Yes, "Virginia," winning is not the only thing! (Though it feels pretty good when you can "win"...there are many ways to "win"!) JP

swimshark
July 4th, 2007, 04:00 PM
Thanks for the heads up. That is a good article and I can see myself in it a lot. This last shourt course season I decided to mix things up a bit just for fun. One meet I did the 400 IM, which until then I had only done a few times in practice. Imagine my surprise when I finished and enjoyed it. I just did it again in long course and am hoping to do it at LC Nationals in 08. I also raced the 200 fly just so I could check it off my "to do before I die" list. I did it, I doubt I'll ever do it again. :) And, to push myself even further, I just signed up to do a mini triathlon - shorter than a sprint. I spin weekly but have never been a runner (bad knees). Now I'm running 2-3 times a week for over 2 miles. Changing things up has been good and fun and I'm ejoying it.

Alison

bud
July 5th, 2007, 12:11 PM
i agree.

here is a direct link to the article:

http://www.usms.org/fitness/articleofthemonth.php?a=154


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FindingMyInnerFish
July 6th, 2007, 08:16 AM
Good stuff! Actually, this is how I first got into masters' swimming. A masters' group was forming at my Y, and I was curious. Also a bit worried that it would be too far out of my league, since I was mainly a runner and just swam for a little cross training sometimes...

But a few years before the group formed, I was swimming due to an injury and, since I missed my road races, I thought maybe it would be fun to try an open water swim instead. It was loads of fun, although I can't say I distinguished myself for speed--and as a total newbie to open water swimming, I didn't realize that I also had to swim to the starting point. I was prepared to swim a mile--not to swim a couple hundred yards before that mile. Even more of a problem was the fact that when I'd almost reached the starting point, all the swimmers were called back for a swimmers' meeting, then sent out again. By this time, I wondered if I'd have anything left for the race. When it started, everyone was out of sight, it seemed within a minute or two, and I was sure I'd be kicked out for being too slow. Still, since no one was asking me to leave and since I wanted to be able to wear my race t-shirt proudly as a badge of having done this race, I persevered, got a LOT of encouragement and support from the kayakers who kept reassuring me that my stroke looked great. (I doubted that but circumstances required that I take their word for it.) After a while, I realized I was really enjoying myself. It was a gorgeous day, and I could see the rays of sun in the water as I swam--all so beautiful, I stopped worrying about speed or how I'd finish and just lived in the moment. Eventually, I did finish, and although I thought I was last, someone actually came in after I did.

I'm still not fast. I'm still a back of the pack swimmer. I won't impress anyone in a masters' workout or in any meets, but swimming has opened up a whole other world for me. I continue to identify myself as a runner, but now that I've added swimming to the mix, my running has benefited: I don't get injured as much. Recovery from both running and swimming workouts is faster. And I get to see life underwater as well as on land. My first masters' coach (who had to step out of masters' coaching for a while since he went back to school full-time) used to head his workout sheets with "Do the best that you can do. Don't worry about what others are doing." It's a good saying to take not only to swim workouts but into the rest of the day.

Blackbeard's Peg
July 6th, 2007, 10:46 AM
This was a great article, and Laura has a great perspective! Stepping outside the box is tough to do, and while some may find it easier than others, it still takes a lot of courage to try something like a 200 fly/400 IM, or to race in open water for the first time or to try a new sport. Hats off to you!

I love hearing the successes of FMIF, SwimStud, Barb/Ensignada and others who are just starting out. They have a love for swimming that rivals few. :cheerleader::party2::banana:

Jeff Commings
July 6th, 2007, 12:22 PM
Laura highlighted the reason why I decided to do the 100 fly and 100 free at nationals.

I knew full well I wouldn't win. But I didn't care. I needed to get out of my comfort zone. And it was fun doing so. I might do it again in Austin. Not the 100 fly, mind you, but a couple of events I've never done in a taper meet.

swimmieAvsFan
July 6th, 2007, 01:11 PM
and that article is what has made me consider attempting an 800, for the first time in 11 years, or even the mile, for the first time ever, in a meet.

tomorrow.

provided i get out of work before 9pm tonight.
otherwise, i might :snore: while trying to swim at 8am tomorrow morning...

cause, trust me, anything over a 250 is out of my comfort zone!!!

Blackbeard's Peg
July 6th, 2007, 02:26 PM
Laura highlighted the reason why I decided to do the 100 fly and 100 free at nationals.

I knew full well I wouldn't win. But I didn't care. I needed to get out of my comfort zone. And it was fun doing so. I might do it again in Austin. Not the 100 fly, mind you, but a couple of events I've never done in a taper meet.
Other Jeff - you hit the FUN nail right on the head there. I had a pretty mediocre meet in March, and I decided that I was never going to leave a swim meet with a bad mood ever again. I was determined to have more fun at meets.

I got "stuck" doing the 50s back on our team's relays at Nationals. The 100 back used to be a Muppet specialty, but I've since "retired" from that event. Much to my surprise, those 50s were 2 PBs. While I had only one PB of my 6 individual swims that meet, those two certainly kept me proud and happy!

It is tough, and moreso on a specialist like you or the Blue Muppet, to swim the same few events every single meet, and expect to do well every time out, and I think having a fun event or two certainly takes a little pressure away from focus events. Plus, for the most part, SURPRISE - you swam that extra one really well! What a great way to find a new "6th event."

The Fortress
July 6th, 2007, 03:51 PM
cause, trust me, anything over a 250 is out of my comfort zone!!!

Me too! I think you'd do well in an 800, Mollie. I agree with Muppet too -- having fun at meets and practices is the key! I had a timed 50 grudge race at the end of practice last night. Very fun.

Becoming a competitive masters swimmer in the first place two years ago was outside of my comfort zone as a multi-kid mommy. Now, I've signed up for USA swimming. I don't exactly look 15. :lmao:

However, Laura's description did not in any way entice me to do a 200 fly. It sounded horrible. I will continue to avoid it at all costs. But I will sign myself up for my first 100 fly SCY at a USA meet and let the kiddies laugh at me. :bouncing:

I'm also going to run the Army 10 Miler in October just for fun.

swimshark
July 6th, 2007, 05:14 PM
Mollie, come over to the "right" side and do the 800 free. It's such a nice long relaxing event.

Alison

Paul Smith
July 6th, 2007, 07:43 PM
"However, at the meet, around the 150 yard mark, I started going vertical in the water. Even my husband walked away, because he couldn’t stand to see me in so much pain."

Let's set the record straight....I did not "walk away".....I merely turned around and did "Hail Mary's" for the last 50 yards......which would have been just fine and I wouldn't have slept in the dog house while the dog slept in my bed for two weeks except that a "good friend" (Coach Al) somehow felt it was important for Laura to know this.

Paul Smith
July 6th, 2007, 07:45 PM
Mollie, come over to the "right" side and do the 800 free. It's such a nice long relaxing event.

Alison

Mollie & Fort.....don't buy into all this BS....next thing you know someone will be telling you to "try breaststroke" after you try a distance event.......
:blah:

The Fortress
July 6th, 2007, 08:12 PM
Mollie & Fort.....don't buy into all this BS....next thing you know someone will be telling you to "try breaststroke" after you try a distance event.......
:blah:


No worries. I've embraced my inner sprinter. :cool: Besides, distance free is nothing but a shoulder killer for me.

Blackbeard's Peg
July 6th, 2007, 10:48 PM
Mollie & Fort.....don't buy into all this BS....next thing you know someone will be telling you to "try breaststroke" after you try a distance event.......
:blah:
hehe - great observation!
the thing with Mollie's desire to do the 800 (or mile) is that she's the only motivator on that one. no bets, grudge matches - just a "heck, I could probably have a half-decent time" attitude. I mean why not, right?
Personally, I think she's just trying to get in touch with her inner Muppet :angel::dunno:

swimmieAvsFan
July 9th, 2007, 09:58 AM
hehe - great observation!
the thing with Mollie's desire to do the 800 (or mile) is that she's the only motivator on that one. no bets, grudge matches - just a "heck, I could probably have a half-decent time" attitude. I mean why not, right?
Personally, I think she's just trying to get in touch with her inner Muppet :angel::dunno:

trying to get in touch with my "inner Muppet" to strangle him maybe. mostly for not talking me out of swimming it! ;)

but seriously, there will be no conversion of this backstroker into a distance freestyler (or evilstroker for that matter!). i'll probably do the 800 for "sheets and goggles" every once in a while. i hit about the 500 mark and had the worst urge to flip over and finish the race backstroke. but i didn't. i managed to do all 800 meters freestyle. although, my shoulders were not happy with me later that day. and seeing as how i ended up within 13 seconds of my best time as a kid (i swam it LCM once a year for "sheets and goggles", but i was more of a freestyler back then), i guess it wasn't too horrible...

besides, it's pretty funny to hear all your teammates comment that they've never seen you swim something that long before :wave:

indyswimbag
July 9th, 2007, 11:37 AM
besides, it's pretty funny to hear all your teammates comment that they've never seen you swim something that long before :wave:[/QUOTE]


for me it would be that my teammates have never seen me swim something that SHORT before:)