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getting back into swimming....

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Here goes my first entry. My husband, and our little one have just moved to our first home in a new place. Luckily I have found a really awesome USMS club and place to swim in nj. There are great people to swim with, all different abilities and some good swimmers. The fact that they have a child watch is the main reason I can even do this because someone is there to watch my little one, such an amazing opportunity.

I always felt like I have had unfinished business in swimming since I quit in college and senior year of highschool I really wasnt in it, even though I was a captain, just felt like there was so much pressure about getting into college, life, it wasnt fun. So now just feels like the right time, after having had my daughter last summer, getting back in and giving myself a year or so to see how I do will be fun.

It helps that my husband was a swimmer, a flyer too, so I have actually taken his advice about my stroke, straightening my arms and not bending them. In the past, one of my old coaches said I swam like Tom Malchow with bent arms but it was ok bc it worked for him. So when my husband pointed out my bent arms I got defensive, but then I decided to take his advice, because he was a better flyer. I've been back swimming now for two months. At first the change felt weird now it feels amazing. Now I nag him to find out what I'm doing wrong.

My 25's in the pool (doing 5-8 in a row) have gone from in two months from a 17 to a 15, from a push to touching the wall and looking up at the clock quickly. My three 25s off the blocks tonight were 13 but my dives felt horrible. Husband said I never kicked when I dove in haha. Just dove in and glided until I started swimming. I am also able to do 10 x 50s fly swim on .55 comfortably. My next goal is to do 100s fly in practice and for the 25s pushoffs hit 14 at least once or twice. (longterm goal 12!!) Off to sleeeeeeeeeeeep. Tomorrow I plan to attempt some 5x 100s fly in my practice.

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  1. ekw's Avatar
    It sounds like you are off to a flying start (sorry, couldn't resist the bad pun). I quit swimming after my junior year in college and just returned to it (15 years later) so I relate to that. I started up about 3 months ago.

    Ever since high school I've swum backstroke and distance freestyle almost exclusively. Over the last week or so I've started adding the other two strokes in with the goal of eventually doing some of the IM events. At this point I'm on the butterfly drill stage. Flyers have always amazed me.
  2. rxleakem's Avatar


    Glad to see that your new home offers a great place for your family to swim. Enjoy the adventure, and thanks for join in the blogs.
  3. Colleen Marais's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ekw
    It sounds like you are off to a flying start (sorry, couldn't resist the bad pun). I quit swimming after my junior year in college and just returned to it (15 years later) so I relate to that. I started up about 3 months ago.
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    Hi ekw! Thats awesome you got back into swimming too. Its nice to do things at your own pace and how you want to. Yeah for some reason fly is feeling ok. My breastroke however which used to be one of my highlights is horrrible haha. I guess it will take time for us to get back into our strokes.
  4. sickfish's Avatar
    Welcome, and congrats on getting back into it so easily! I still do fly like Malchow. It "works" for me for 50 yards, but not for 200. I'm working on fixing it but it's taking a long time. Something about old dogs and new tricks, I dunno