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    My rant for the day in the form of a one-act, flash script:
    Doctor: you have an inflamed trapezius. I'm sending you to physical therapy. You have exasperated written all over your face.
    Me: I just want to get my life back. I want to get back into the pool. I was swimming a mile when I had to stop and I just want to get back there.
    (scene change)
    Physical therapist: you can't swim for a month until your shoulder heals.
    (scene change)
    Me (standing in front of bathroom mirror): You have exasperated written all over your face.

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    Arrived at the fitness center pool today. Two lanes had just one occupant. One was snorkel guy, the other was walrus lady. I tried to get snorkel guy's attention first but he would not look up and acknowledge anyone. Besides, the way he swam, arms and legs akimbo, it would have been rather difficult to share the lane. So I asked walrus lady who was doing some sort of side stroke if she'd share the lane. "Do you splash a lot?" "I'm not a strong swimmer, so I don't want to get splashed and get water in my mouth." I promised not to splash her and got in. I went slowly, so I don't think I splashed a lot.

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    OMG Sumorunner that is hilarious. A friend was in a public pool in France and the lady in the next lane yelled at him for splashing her. I mean, what's the point of getting in the water, yeesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseMW View Post
    Physical therapist: you can't swim for a month until your shoulder heals.
    Sorry to hear that, Denise.
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    Re: Solo Swimmers

    wow. great. I love swimming. and this thread is so helpful. thanks a lot again

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseMW View Post
    OMG Sumorunner that is hilarious. A friend was in a public pool in France and the lady in the next lane yelled at him for splashing her. I mean, what's the point of getting in the water, yeesh.
    That reminds me of the open water swim in Lake Placid last month. It started to rain as the two mile race was in progress and it was coming down even harder as the one mile was about to begin. Someone asked me, "Do you think they'll cancel due to the rain?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinoz View Post
    wow. great. I love swimming. and this thread is so helpful. thanks a lot again
    Welcome to our thread, Martinoz! I see you are from Tunisia. It's great to see swimmers from all over the world joining us here on USMS Forums!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumorunner View Post
    That reminds me of the open water swim in Lake Placid last month. It started to rain as the two mile race was in progress and it was coming down even harder as the one mile was about to begin. Someone asked me, "Do you think they'll cancel due to the rain?"
    If that person had asked if the swim would be canceled due to thunder and lightning, it would have made perfect sense; but, canceling due to rain?

    Completely off the subject, but appropriate for this thread:

    This is what I saw a new solo swimmer do at our pool on Thursday: She carefully unpacked her new fins, goggles, snorkel, water aerobics foam dumbbells, cap, and water aerobics shoes, and a plastic container of... wait for it... ROCKS.

    I was on deck when she arrived, so I watched all of this while doing my post-swim 30-minute yoga and stretching routine. Most of my routine was finished by the time she actually got in the pool and DID SOMETHING; it took her that long to fiddle with her gear and get her act together.

    Finally, she got in the pool! Her first 50 yards was the slowest I had ever seen (she had her water aerobics shoes on, and kicked without her fins), but she made it back alive! She then stopped, carefully picked up a rock out of the container, and placed it on the lid beside the container. Off she went again. Minutes later, she returned and repeated the process. The rocks were used to count her laps!


    Ponder this for a moment: She could have used anything to count her laps (I've seen it all at our pool!), but she chose to carry a heavy container of rocks to the pool along with all her toys. I hope she doesn't end up with a sore back from carrying around that heavy gear bag!

    Having said all that, I have to give her credit for getting in the pool in the first place!
    It sure beats sitting at home all day and watching TV...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineK View Post
    She then stopped, carefully picked up a rock out of the container, and placed it on the lid beside the container. Off she went again. Minutes later, she returned and repeated the process. The rocks were used to count her laps!
    I've used pool toys (fins, boards, buoys) to count laps. I count in binary, so don't need very many. Count to 16, start over.
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    The rock thing is an old runners trick for newbies running around a track or in a city, around the block. But it's a countdown thing. You put pebbles in your pocket and toss one out for each lap. Out of rocks, run is done.

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    Such a fun thread. When I was doing long distance days alone, I'd use the workouts in the forum and modify them to add the mileage I needed that week. It's hard being alone, but if you start looking around, there's always someone you can "race" whether they know it or not. If you're going faster than someone, you can work to lap them at about the same point (like every 500) or if they're faster than you, you can make sure they don't lap you until a certain point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms View Post
    Such a fun thread. When I was doing long distance days alone, I'd use the workouts in the forum and modify them to add the mileage I needed that week. It's hard being alone, but if you start looking around, there's always someone you can "race" whether they know it or not. If you're going faster than someone, you can work to lap them at about the same point (like every 500) or if they're faster than you, you can make sure they don't lap you until a certain point.

    Thanks for joining in, Fly!
    I had to laugh at the last part of your post, because I do the very same thing! We are lacking good swimmers in our community, but, again, I give them credit for being out there and doing it. When one of them is in the lane next to me, I challenge myself to see how many times I can lap them during a timed distance swim, or even when I am swimming an interval set. They don't have a clue, so it's our secret. Shhhh!
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    I have aspergers and like to swim alone but there are always other swimmers at the rec pool I used. The master's team in the area is about 15 miles away and two rec pools that do lap swimming are 3 to 5 miles away. There are three times from 6-8:00 am and then 10 to 3:00 pm and 6:30 to 8:00 P,pm. I semi-retired now and can go at different times but prefer the 10 to 3:00 p,m. During the weekends, Saturday and Sunday its 12:00 to 4:00 P.m. On sunday I usually swim at the apartment pool, saved some money. I swim 6 days a week if I can. I get ideas for workouts from online workouts-100 swimming workouts and another group of workouts posted by a Ruth I think. I changed some of these workouts for my needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinc3100 View Post
    I have aspergers and like to swim alone but there are always other swimmers at the rec pool I used. The master's team in the area is about 15 miles away and two rec pools that do lap swimming are 3 to 5 miles away. There are three times from 6-8:00 am and then 10 to 3:00 pm and 6:30 to 8:00 P,pm. I semi-retired now and can go at different times but prefer the 10 to 3:00 p,m. During the weekends, Saturday and Sunday its 12:00 to 4:00 P.m. On sunday I usually swim at the apartment pool, saved some money. I swim 6 days a week if I can. I get ideas for workouts from online workouts-100 swimming workouts and another group of workouts posted by a Ruth I think. I changed some of these workouts for my needs.

    That's a HUGE advantage of being a solo swimmer: We get to swim whenever we want to swim, and we don't have to work our schedules around a team workout.

    I like to swim in the morning, but "morning" can mean jumping in the pool at 8:30 or 11:00, depending on when my husband and I (both retired) roll out of bed, or when we finish taking care of filling orders for Bruce's hobby business (he makes art glass jewelry and sells on Etsy). I love that flexibility!

    There are so many great resources for workout ideas, but I have found the best right here on the USMS website and in the Forum threads!
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    We do have some advantages being solo:

    We are used to swimming without draft vs our friends in workout groups.
    We can do more kicking and drills which often get under used due to time constraints in workout groups.
    We can concentrate on strokes a bit more as freestyle usually eats up a high percentage of workout groups yardage.
    We can blend in different types such as USRPT and high yardage types without a coach's bias towards one or the other.
    We can control our taper better as we "know our own bodies".

    The key to me as stated before is the pace clock and the log book. It's very important not to fall into the "plateau effect" which is doing the same thing over and over to the point you actually are able to accomplish it without straining and your fitness level "plateau's". I like to have a few different test sets to do regularly such as 5X100 on 1:30 for best average or 5X100 on 3:00 for best average. One is high aerobic and one is anaerobic. Writing down the results and constantly pushing those averages will keep you in more of a meet ready shape.

    Lastly I feel one of the key elements of solo swimming is to go to a lot of meets. The camaraderie and seeing old friends will make you really feel part of a group. Swim different events including some fun ones where you do something with no pressure to excel such as a 50 of something you never swim or a 100 IM for fun.

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    Great comments, Dan, THANKS! You made so many excellent points, and I agree with them all. The last one made me sad, though, because the frequency of meets here in Georgia has dwindled each year since I joined Masters. We were just discussing it at our LMSC meeting, yesterday, after the SouthSide Pentathlon (I was one of 8 of 80 who opted for the Ironman ). I learned at the meeting that our only SCM meet that I love going to will be at a different time this year, and we have a major commitment that conflicts with the meet.

    I love going to meets for the reasons you mentioned, and I really enjoy racing a bunch of different events. The Ironman was the 400 IM and 200's of each stroke-- all in about 2-1/2 hours. It was a blast!

    Thanks again for your great contribution to the thread!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseMW View Post
    Physical therapist: you can't swim for a month until your shoulder heals.
    You need a different PT.

    When I had horrible pain in my shoulder, besides giving me exercises to do, the PT asked to see my stroke there on the table. I turned over and showed him the best estimation of my stroke and recovery. He immediately pointed out a flaw in the recovery that was the reason for my pain, At the time, I was swimming a lot at the Rose Bowl Aquatic center with their Masters club and never once got any feedback from the coach (a former COTY, even), even though I did ask on occasion. So having a coach is not always a remedy, but having someone who understands muscle and skeletal mechanics is a great deal of help.

    BTW, I went into the pool the next day and got immediate relief from the pain. It took a few weeks to strengthen my shoulder muscles, but I was never told to stay out of the pool.
    The opinions expressed in the above post are mine, not those of U.S. Masters Swimming. But maybe they should be.

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    Hi, Michael: I am recovering from an inflamed trapezius caused by over use after having shoulder surgery last year. I think she just wants me to take it easy until the inflammation goes down. She says I can do breast stroke but I swim it like a one-legged frog.

    A question for those of you who may have experience swimming in less than optimal conditions. Our over 55 community has a 50' pool and that means I'll have to swim 1 1/2 lengths to equal one lap of a 25 yard pool. I think it's going to mean an awful lot of wasted time turning (don't do flip turns) and I won't get optimal exercise. Anyone have experience with swimming in a shorter pool? Do you find you don't get a good workout? There's a standard size pool about 20 min. away, but I'm thinking in bad weather I'll have to stick closer to home. It seems this is the way they're building in the over 55 communities nowadays, calling them a "lap fitness pool." Unless you're in a big community (like yours, ElaineK), which they're not building in the Washington, DC area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseMW View Post
    Hi, Michael: I am recovering from an inflamed trapezius caused by over use after having shoulder surgery last year. I think she just wants me to take it easy until the inflammation goes down. She says I can do breast stroke but I swim it like a one-legged frog.

    A question for those of you who may have experience swimming in less than optimal conditions. Our over 55 community has a 50' pool and that means I'll have to swim 1 1/2 lengths to equal one lap of a 25 yard pool. I think it's going to mean an awful lot of wasted time turning (don't do flip turns) and I won't get optimal exercise. Anyone have experience with swimming in a shorter pool? Do you find you don't get a good workout? There's a standard size pool about 20 min. away, but I'm thinking in bad weather I'll have to stick closer to home. It seems this is the way they're building in the over 55 communities nowadays, calling them a "lap fitness pool." Unless you're in a big community (like yours, ElaineK), which they're not building in the Washington, DC area.
    If you don't want to do breaststroke you can do dogpaddle with a snorkel. I did a lot of that when my shoulder was hurt. It is a good way to practice EVF.
    As to the short pool; if it is OK on your shoulder, short pools are great for working on turns. Even if you only do open turns they can get better. Doing a turn without pushing off will give you more strokes/length. You can do vertical kicking,which is especially good for dolphin kick and breaststroke kick. When your shoulder is healed you can do 50' sprints if you like,that can be a very good sprint set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Heather View Post
    You need a different PT.

    When I had horrible pain in my shoulder, besides giving me exercises to do, the PT asked to see my stroke there on the table. I turned over and showed him the best estimation of my stroke and recovery. He immediately pointed out a flaw in the recovery that was the reason for my pain.
    Michael, this is an excellent idea for the rest of us, even if it might not pertain to Denise's situation. A suggestion for the rest of us: If you end up in a situation where you need to consult a physical therapist for your pain, show them your stroke! One way to do it is to have somebody shoot video of ALL of your strokes, and then send the YouTube links to your therapist to review. If I end up back in physical therapy, I plan to do just that. Until then, I will be a good patient and continue doing my exercises.


    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseMW View Post
    It seems this is the way they're building in the over 55 communities nowadays, calling them a "lap fitness pool." Unless you're in a big community (like yours, ElaineK), which they're not building in the Washington, DC area.

    Denise, it depends on the builder. All Del Webb Communities nationwide (including Sun City communities) are all built with 25-yard pools.
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