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    A few years ago I petitioned USMS leadership to issue a simple statement discouraging the use of performance enhancing drugs, knowing that a formal drug testing program would never be instituted due to a lack of support within the organization. I was rebuffed.
    The membership body of USMS is way too... free-form?... of a group of people for that to ever work. I mean, you don't even have to qualify for the biggest meet the organization puts on.

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    Like everything in the pharmaceutical industry: drugs created in search of a non-existent disease.
    America is a country of hypochondriacs, and in that context aging is a disease with no cure... Kind of a cynical view of life that I don't subscribe to!
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    a cynical view of life that I don't subscribe to!
    Come work with me in the ER for a day (or 25 years like me)...then you'll start subscribing....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Dickson View Post
    Come work with me in the ER for a day (or 25 years like me)...then you'll start subscribing....
    Well, I mean, obviously in an existential sense that's what life leads to... but if you go around treating it as such, you'll spend more effort on that than actually, you know, getting s*** done!
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    Re: PEDs

    Quote Originally Posted by gull View Post
    A few years ago I petitioned USMS leadership to issue a simple statement discouraging the use of performance enhancing drugs, knowing that a formal drug testing program would never be instituted due to a lack of support within the organization. I was rebuffed.
    Drugs are bad, mkay?

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    Drugs are bad, mkay?
    Over the years, Iíve noticed that there are a lot of elite USMS swimmers afflicted with ďasthma.Ē

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoomer View Post
    Over the years, Iíve noticed that there are a lot of elite USMS swimmers afflicted with ďasthma.Ē
    /eyeroll

    That statement is so vague it doesn't mean anything. It's just spreading uncertainty. Trolling, basically. Do you have stats? Are you saying people are faking asthma to cheat? How many is "a lot"? What counts as "elite"? Care to name names?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoomer View Post
    Over the years, Iíve noticed that there are a lot of elite USMS swimmers afflicted with ďasthma.Ē
    Actually there is a high prevalence of airway dysfunction among elite swimmers.

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    I think doping is for dopes but it is occurring. My guess is its more prevalent in the older age groups. It's a small minority but really needs to be addressed. I'm a guy who is lucky to finish in the top 50 in any given event. Who cares if I do dope, the focus should be on the top of each age group. In my age group I see some people with suspicious times. People in their 70's swimming faster than 10 years ago, people 65 swimming distance events as fast as they did in college. There's a page on this website called age grading https://www.usms.org/fitness-and-tra...ding?Oldid=143, I think it's pretty accurate in showing moderate but clear decline in performance as we age. One of the best swimmers in my opinion in masters and who has been around a long time is Jim Mc Conica. If you look at his swims over time you see the steady decline in performance that you would expect from aging. Some folks do not show the expected declines in performance and these are the folks I would be concerned with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by humpday View Post
    I think doping is for dopes but it is occurring. My guess is its more prevalent in the older age groups. It's a small minority but really needs to be addressed. I'm a guy who is lucky to finish in the top 50 in any given event. Who cares if I do dope, the focus should be on the top of each age group. In my age group I see some people with suspicious times. People in their 70's swimming faster than 10 years ago, people 65 swimming distance events as fast as they did in college. There's a page on this website called age grading https://www.usms.org/fitness-and-tra...ding?Oldid=143, I think it's pretty accurate in showing moderate but clear decline in performance as we age. One of the best swimmers in my opinion in masters and who has been around a long time is Jim Mc Conica. If you look at his swims over time you see the steady decline in performance that you would expect from aging. Some folks do not show the expected declines in performance and these are the folks I would be concerned with.
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    Anyway, back to business, you brought up a valid point about the expected decline of aging swimmers. The only thing I can think of if an older doesn't decline is if they got some good coaching and improved their stroke technique and/or if they are training better than in their younger years. Otherwise, what gives?


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    Hi Elaine, well anything is possible but generally the folks I see with times that fall off the curve aren't people who started swimming and with good coaching and practice improved. They are generally people who have been around the sport for years and have been at the top of their age groups for a long time. A lot of these people haven't gotten faster but simply have not slowed down as much as other people in their age groups have. I guess you have to ask yourself what's the most likely explanation for this. I just don't believe people in their sixties and seventies can be swimming times that show little or no decline over decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by humpday View Post
    Hi Elaine, well anything is possible but generally the folks I see with times that fall off the curve aren't people who started swimming and with good coaching and practice improved. They are generally people who have been around the sport for years and have been at the top of their age groups for a long time. A lot of these people haven't gotten faster but simply have not slowed down as much as other people in their age groups have. I guess you have to ask yourself what's the most likely explanation for this. I just don't believe people in their sixties and seventies can be swimming times that show little or no decline over decades.

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    I don't understand it therefore drugs

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    I just don't believe people in their sixties and seventies can be swimming times that show little or no decline over decades.
    In general, you can expect to see a decline in peak VO2 of 10% per decade. That having been said, the rate of decline can be attenuated to some degree through training.

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    As I turned 73 before Mesa, I had a tough season leading up to this meet. I was really down on myself for getting slower despite all my miles at swim practice and the 8 hours each week at the gym! A long talk with myself [ into the mirror] lead me to try to accept "aging slow down".
    I take all the above related meds except low t? as needed to keep my 5 hip surgeries in check.
    Older, over weight, slowly balding 73 year old middle of the road Illinois State Univ. swimmer that I am, won 6 medals In 6 events at mesa with slower times than last year! Yes - I take meds to make it to next year not to gain any advantage.

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    So does Botox count? Makes me LOOK younger, anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial View Post
    So does Botox count? Makes me LOOK younger, anyway!
    Of course. Wrinkles add drag!

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    I must be the only one who is taking performance reducing drugs. I am 60 and have hypertension (under control and swimming helps), and PTSD for the past 3.5 years. I am also taking a muscle relaxer just so I don't get muscle spasms like the one that hit me in Mesa and I could not swim my last 4 events. I have to take meds that make me feel dopey and can make me zone out at times just so I can function in my new normal. The only good part is that I started swimming again 4 years ago and I am still getting in shape after a 34 year absence from the pool. So if you were to look at my times for the past 3 years, they are getting faster, but with the meds, I still feel slow. I don't think my situation fits the description of someone taking PEDs. But I feel if that if I got off the meds, my performances would likely improve even more.
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    Does a cortisone shot add a layer of question to my eligibility?

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