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    Why are there very few Masters Swimmers under 40?

    I was wondering why there are so few Masters Swimmers under 40. I've visited multiple swim clubs and noticed very few swimmers under 40.

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    Re: Why are there very few Masters Swimmers under 40?

    Quote Originally Posted by jmnchng View Post
    I was wondering why there are so few Masters Swimmers under 40. I've visited multiple swim clubs and noticed very few swimmers under 40.
    They're busy at home with small children

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    Re: Why are there very few Masters Swimmers under 40?

    The club that practices at the pool at which I train solo seems to be at least 1/3 under 40. That said, I have also noted the ages of the better performing open water swimmers trends older. At 47, I find myself often besting the times of all of the 20 and 30-somethings, but struggling to place in brackets over 40. My theory is that former age groupers leave swimming, and if they do come back it isn't until they are older, and it is on their terms. I left swimming (though I played some water polo and did some minimal pure swimming exercise only) after high school and didn't come back until I was 35.

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    Re: Why are there very few Masters Swimmers under 40?

    "They're busy at home with small children"

    Never thought of it, but so true. I am < 40 (getting there pretty soon though), and I didn't think about swimming until I decided I was done having kids. Also, I only had time for masters swimming once they were able to sleep through the night.

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    That said, I have also noted the ages of the better performing open water swimmers trends older."

    Also something I've noticed. In my masters team, the ones < 40 that does open water swims will do < 2k, and all of them are also triathletes. The ones that do longer distances are actually > 50

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    Re: Why are there very few Masters Swimmers under 40?

    I am one of the few.I am 38 and start swimming on Masters events around 30...At Germany my age group is very strong and there are some former Champions and Olympian like Stev Theloke..but you are right, there are more Mastersswimmers in the the age group 40, 45 and 50...I think one the reason is, if people retire around 25 or even 30 very few continue swimming at Masters.

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    Re: Why are there very few Masters Swimmers under 40?

    There are a a few clubs where I live that are probably 50% under 40. My club practices 9 to 10pm which is good for a parent as I can put my daughter to bed at 8:30 and then go swim.

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