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Catch, Pull, and Glide!

Welcome to Catch, Pull, and Glide! This blog hopes to share the joy, fun, exhilaration, (muscle!) pain, and grind of my swimming journey. And to try to do it with a sense of style, wit, and humor!

I'm a mid-life swimmer returning to the pool after a seven year layoff. I've been swimming for fun and competition since I was six years old. I've swum in oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and pools. I dive into water and immediately get a sense of being Home ... more on that in the first entry! Your time and comments are always appreciated. See you in the water! Peace, and Happy Swimming!

  1. #2 Whose Idea Was This ?!

    by , February 9th, 2010 at 08:17 PM (Catch, Pull, and Glide!)
    A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step ... Lao-Tsu

    First, let me quell some rumors about my early workouts:
    - I was wearing “floaties” … UNTRUE!
    - A tugboat pulled up next to me to offer assistance … UNTRUE!
    - Lifeguards paced nervously on the deck … UNTRUE … mostly ;-)
    - It was ugly, and a bit painful … TRUE! … leading me to mumble the title of this blog entry repeatedly!!!

    This is the third time I’ve restarted the climb to competitive swimming after a few years off. It’s a bit like planning your season … but with a much slower ramp-up. I targeted a regional USMS meet about two months after my “re-entry”, hoping to swim the 100 free, 100 back, 100 IM, and 50 free, and maybe a relay at that meet. For the season, I’m hoping to stay on target for our April Zone Championships.

    Is that what I normally swim? Some of it is. At heart – and by skill and training - I’m a middle and distance freestyler – the 200, 500 and 1000. I’ve done the 1500 before, and will race the 100 and 50 at times … but I can’t think about those demanding distances this early. I’ve even done a couple of long open water races – ugh! – but more on that in a later entry! I swim the 100 and 200 IM (never the 400!),and also the 100 and 200 back. I’ll do a 100 fly if someone buys me a soy latte, but otherwise I avoid it! And BREASTROKE?! Forget it except for the IM! (Hey, how did those Breastrokers get the first USMS group listing?! ;-) )

    Next, let me confirm some rumors
    about how I started out my workouts:
    - I built my workout distances slowly, opting for more frequent workouts at less yardage … TRUE! I quickly built from 500 to 1800 yards over the first month, and am in the 2000 – 2500 yard range per workout at the end of month two … about 4-5 times per week.
    - I used fins to ease my shoulders into their workload, and to help build lungs … TRUE! I’m a big fan of a good set of fins, as long as you don’t keep them on all the time, that is ;- )
    - Like “Location” in the real estate mantra … I focused on Technique, Technique, Technique … TRUE! I mentally reviewed my Total Immersion principles and drills, and other theory and coaching that focus on minimal resistance and finding the right place to Catch, Pull, and Glide.
    - I remembered that (Masters) Swimming is Fun and also a Social Activity … TRUE! I’ve made some new friends at the pool, and always try to have a smile and friendly word at the ready. And, as we all know, working out with others does give you that bit of extra motivation.
    - I remembered that “It’s Me and the Clock” … TRUE! … and to set my targets based on what I’m capable of doing, given the amount of time and effort I’m willing and able to commit.

    It’s been a fun start back in the water
    . The benefits of working out are great, as you know! My body is slowly getting into shape, I’m sleeping and eating better, and my gills are working much better! Don't forget to look at the USMS "Getting Started" page for some good info this topic.

    Next time, we’ll talk about that first swim meet … ! Peace, and Happy Swimming!

    Updated February 11th, 2010 at 12:57 PM by tcooney

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  2. #1 Back in the Saddle Again ...

    by , February 6th, 2010 at 11:08 AM (Catch, Pull, and Glide!)
    Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Well, it's back in the pool after a 7-year layoff! From the first Reach - Pull - and Glide off the wall, it's been good to be back Home in the Water, Back in the Saddle Again. The other-world feel of water is transporting. Swimming with the water, not in it, or through it, provides the portal for swimming joy. My first workouts included unbridled 'dolphin laps' - bounding off of the bottom, arcing over the top of the water, and returning 'down under'. It's just fun sometimes to be totally in the water.

    From my first 9-month swim ;-) , I, like many of you, have loved the water ... Swim lessons from 5 years old, first meet at 6, trips to the beach ... then in the teens and early twenties ... high school, club, and college swimming ... life guarding, WSI rating and teaching, coaching swimming and diving teams ... Outside the pool, our family and friends were "water people" too. Many of us were life guards, swimmers, canoeists and kayakers ... And the body surfing at Narrangansett when the hurricanes came up off the coast ... weekend drives to swimming holes, riverss and quarries for a cool swim and maybe a crazy cliff jump or two.

    It's always been a natural thing to be in the water ... to be one with our Water Planet ... it's like breathing ... the Oneness ...

    A look at the early training regimen in the next entry! Peace, and Happy Swimming!
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