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    Re: Swim happy

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    Way to go, Bill! Doesn't it feel great to be able to swim that well against a high school stud?
    Yeah, it was fun racing the guy. The weird thing is that my butterfly has improved since I sprained my ankle. Perhaps because I am more aware of my legs since the sprain this past Sunday.


    Almost forgot, I had just finished swimming 1500 meters before that little 200 IM race. Just to put that into perspective.
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    Told to me by two ladies at the pool today in my adult community: "Last week during water aerobics class, one of the ladies was watching you do your yoga exercises after you swam and said, "I've seen that young girl at the pool before. She must be visiting her GRANDparents this summer.' " (I'm 54, and I will be a senior citizen in January!)

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    Re: Swim happy

    Swimmers, do you have a "Swim Happy" to post? I thought I would bump this thread to see what successes you have had in the pool.

    For me, I am VERY happy, because I took four seconds off my 200 Breaststroke at last weekend's Sewanee Masters Invitational. It's my best time in four years for that event! As an extra bonus, it was my 5th event of the day after racing 200 fly, 50 Breast, 400 IM, and 200 Back.

    I just checked out Swimosaur's Motivational Times Chart, and I have moved up to an "A".
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    Great job in moving up to an A time. Yay for you, Elaine!

    My swim happy is finding a team now that I moved to Memphis. I tried out a few, but when I found the Memphis Masters Club, I knew I was home. It's a great atmosphere and a good coach. It helps to make the settling in a new city a little easier.
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    Great job in moving up to an A time. Yay for you, Elaine!

    My swim happy is finding a team now that I moved to Memphis. I tried out a few, but when I found the Memphis Masters Club, I knew I was home. It's a great atmosphere and a good coach. It helps to make the settling in a new city a little easier.

    Thanks, Fly!
    Welcome to your new city, home of the Blues. Enjoy your new team and town!
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    Re: Swim happy

    My recent "swim happy": Coach promoted me to the faster lane!

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    My recent "swim happy": Coach promoted me to the faster lane!
    Way to go!
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    I got a great compliment for me and my old coaches from my new coach this morning. He asked about my swimming background. When I told him it was really a year in HS (1986), then in only the swimming I've done since joining masters 4ish years ago, he was surprised. He said my freestyle had really good technique. Yay! I did pass that on to my last coaches since they had a major part in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms View Post
    I got a great compliment for me and my old coaches from my new coach this morning. He asked about my swimming background. When I told him it was really a year in HS (1986), then in only the swimming I've done since joining masters 4ish years ago, he was surprised. He said my freestyle had really good technique. Yay! I did pass that on to my last coaches since they had a major part in it.
    That's a great compliment! Congratulations!
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    I'm in a competition type of thing to swim at least 30 minutes a day for 30 days in a row in March and so far I've made it! I'm swimming early in the morning, which is EXTREMELY unusual for me, so it's almost more impressive that I've gotten up with my alarm clock at 4:50 for 15 days in a row (well, not on weekends!) than it is that I've done the swimming

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    I'm in a competition type of thing to swim at least 30 minutes a day for 30 days in a row in March and so far I've made it! I'm swimming early in the morning, which is EXTREMELY unusual for me, so it's almost more impressive that I've gotten up with my alarm clock at 4:50 for 15 days in a row (well, not on weekends!) than it is that I've done the swimming
    It sounds like you have established a GOOD habit. Keep it up!
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    Although my long course meet at UGA yesterday got off to a horrible start with my 200 butterfly (thanks to taking off ten days during a river cruise in late May) , I ended up racing my fastest long course 50 breaststroke time since 2012! (Converted to yards, it was my fastest since prior to my hip surgery in 2014.)
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    "To strive,to seek,to find,and not to yield" Tennyson
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    Re: Swim happy

    Well, I was looking for some PR Peppers in the emojis but I can't seem to find them, so apropos of absolutely nothing...
    400 IMer/200 backstroker in another life, now sprinter/breaststroker... Yeah, I don't know how that happened either!

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    Re: Swim happy

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    Awww, thanks, King Frog! Hey, off the subject, how is your shoulder recovering from surgery? I hope you have a "happy" to report, even if it isn't a "swim happy."

    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge View Post
    Well, I was looking for some PR Peppers in the emojis but I can't seem to find them, so apropos of absolutely nothing...
    Hey, I'll take a Canadian flag any day, JP! Can I borrow it for my backpack when I go to Europe this summer???
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    [QUOTE=ElaineK;327537]Awww, thanks, King Frog! Hey, off the subject, how is your shoulder recovering from surgery? I hope you have a "happy" to report, even if it isn't a "swim happy."

    Surgery evidently successful. One more week in the sling hopefully. I'm OKd to get in the pool after the sling is off as long as I don't move that arm. No full stroke for 6 months after the surgery. Hopefully I'll be ready to swim at the December meet, but full strength is unlikely before next May(or hopefully next late April at Mesa.)
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    Re: Swim happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineK View Post
    Awww, thanks, King Frog! Hey, off the subject, how is your shoulder recovering from surgery? I hope you have a "happy" to report, even if it isn't a "swim happy."

    Surgery evidently successful. One more week in the sling hopefully. I'm OKd to get in the pool after the sling is off as long as I don't move that arm. No full stroke for 6 months after the surgery. Hopefully I'll be ready to swim at the December meet, but full strength is unlikely before next May(or hopefully next late April at Mesa.)
    That's good news! I'm glad the surgery was successful! It looks like you'll be giving your frog legs a good workout for a while. Just think how strong they will be for breaststroke! Perhaps the extra strength you gain will make up for whatever weakness you have when you first start swimming full stroke.

    I hope Seal Girl's surgery was a success, too!
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    Re: Swim happy

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    I hope Seal Girl's surgery was a success, too!
    It was. she had less pain after the surgery than she had before. She still has some pain and stiffness at times, but no activity limitations. She can't swim yet either as she also had a skin cancer removed from her leg and must wait for that to heal first.
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    Re: Swim happy

    Bumping a thread because we could all use more happy.

    I've been swimming at the lake on their course (2 laps = roughly 550yds) and finally timed myself for a cool 12:21:60, which isn't going to blister any paint but was nearly two full seconds off my fastest 500yd pool time when I timed it last year.

    My endurance is improving. At the lake I could swim a mile (6.3 laps) in an hour, in sets of 2 laps + 1 cool down. (7 total). Hope to be able to swim a mile in one full go by next summer.

    Today I decided to try a flip turn for the first time in 20 years and after 20 minutes of working at it, nearly have all the pieces in order. Clumsily, but not too bad for having not done it at all in so long.

    I hope to improve my 50 meter/yard times enough to feel comfortable maybe even entering a meet in the coming year.

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    Re: Swim happy

    I don't have the background as a competitive school swimmer. My high school didn't even have a pool. I just swam for cross training on and off since my mid 30s (70 now). Laps at a town park in summer, laps at my former college pool in winter. Sometimes only 400-500 yds, sometimes up to a mile. I was more into track & field or road running for 40-some years.

    Then 3 years ago I was told advancing arthritis would put a stop to any impact sports, so swimming it had to be. Last year I found a masters team practice two days a week at a local YMCA, and this summer I joined the local triathlon club so I could swim with them at a lake once a week. I have made it every week but one since June 5th, doing about 2K each time. Two loops of approximately 1000 yd.

    My time has improved from 59 to 54 mins for the 2k OWS. I don't know about pool times yet, but the masters team restarts Sep 11 and I very much look forward to it.

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