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    What Are Your 2020 Swim Goals?

    I'm going to set out to learn and become skilled at backstroke and butterfly. Also, I have set a goal to become very good at 1500 freestyle. I have only swam that distance with flip turns once.

    What say you? What are your swim goals for 2020?

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    Re: What Are Your 2020 Swim Goals?

    In the summer of 2019 I trained for, and swam my first "Marathon swim" (it ended up being close to seven miles). I plan on doing that same swim again in 2020. I didn't really cut back much on my mileage after that swim. And, I'd like to possibly do a swim of at least 10 miles in 2020..,.whether it's a sanctioned swim, or on my own with friends.

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    A year without any surgery

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    Re: What Are Your 2020 Swim Goals?

    Besides staying healthy, I have three main goals, everything else is icing on the cake:

    -Break 2:20 in the 200 fly (I've been plateaued in the low 2:20s for several years)
    -Break 2:30 in the 200 breast (I went a 2:30 in Mesa)
    -Break 2:00 in the 200 free (never broken 2:00 before, masters best from Mesa was a 2:01)

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    Re: What Are Your 2020 Swim Goals?

    I've updated my signature.

    When I first started swimming in Feb 2019, I dreamed of sub 6min 400m at 60. (I'm 57.) I rapidly improved to 6:15 in September, and I changed my goal to sub 6min by the end of 2019. But then came The Great Stall, followed by shoulder soreness and staleness. It occurred to me that I had been going non-stop since Feb, and I needed a break. So I'm dreaming about sub 6min by the end of 2020 now. The seconds got a whole lot bigger!!
    Current PRs: 25m-:16.8/50m-:36.0/100m-1:19.5/200m-2:55.5/400m-6:14/800m-12:50/1600m-26:37

    My main swimming goal: Sub6min 400m before the end of 2020.

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    Thanks everyone for sharing some of your goals with me. Some seem pretty incredible, like ForceDJ's 10 miler. Wow.

    I hear you Skuj on the seconds getting bigger the closer you get to your goal, lol. I'm starting to set some base times to have something to refer too. I'm sure I'll start to experience bigger and bigger seconds

    After knee surgery and a series of steriod back injections I think they put me back together. But pool time I think will also help both of those things.

    I'm setting another goal in 2020. I'd like to do a 400 IM but I need to continue learning breaststroke, backstroke and fly. This is going to be quite the commitment. By the way, if anyone has any suggestions on how to approach a 400 IM the way I am doing I'd be very open to hear them.

    Thanks again. I wish everyone a Happy New Year!

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    I would like to go 25 in the 50 yd fr again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForceDJ View Post
    In the summer of 2019 I trained for, and swam my first "Marathon swim" (it ended up being close to seven miles). I plan on doing that same swim again in 2020. I didn't really cut back much on my mileage after that swim. And, I'd like to possibly do a swim of at least 10 miles in 2020..,.whether it's a sanctioned swim, or on my own with friends.

    Dan
    My goal for 2019 was to swim my first "marathon swim", which I did it. I plan on doing another longer swim in 2020, but I am still thinking what swimming goal, should I make a time goal or a distance goal or both in 2020 in swimming (for running, my goal for 2020 is to do my first "marathon run", 42.195 km in length).
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    In 2019, I started swimming again and went from 350 pounds to 225 pounds. My 1650 went from a 28:52 to a 19:46. In 2020, Id like to get the weight under 200 and the mile under 18:30.

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    Just keep on trucking. I'll be 72 next month and I was never a competitive swimmer to begin with. I lost 5 months of training in 2019 to ankle tendonitis, so I'd like to simply get in the yards. Only a bit over 100K yds in 2019 vs double that in prior years. Time per 100y or 200y is meaningless to me. I'm merely trying to stay healthy. And maybe a late summer triathlon if all goes well.

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    Finish 100yds fly in style (no piano please) and just to finish 100m fly (LC).

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    Get stronger - Starting doing push ups this month everyday

    Complete the Lido race in April (first marathon distance for me)

    Complete the True Width Lake Tahoe swim in August
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    At the top of my age group [74] this year - stay even with my times.

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    Re: What Are Your 2020 Swim Goals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skuj View Post
    I've updated my signature.

    When I first started swimming in Feb 2019, I dreamed of sub 6min 400m at 60. (I'm 57.) I rapidly improved to 6:15 in September, and I changed my goal to sub 6min by the end of 2019. But then came The Great Stall, followed by shoulder soreness and staleness. It occurred to me that I had been going non-stop since Feb, and I needed a break. So I'm dreaming about sub 6min by the end of 2020 now. The seconds got a whole lot bigger!!
    There is a great article and study about initial pulling/hand position vs. shoulder position and the impact on shoulder impingement, soreness and injury in the October 2019 issue of Swimming World. Basically, make sure your hand is lower than your shoulder when you pull (especially at the beginning of the pull) to avoid unwanted compaction stress in the shoulder joint.
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    I have 3 goals:
    1. to get my marathon swimming time (10 km) under 3:40 (in conjunction with my goal to complete a marathon run (42.195 km) under 3:40)
    2. complete an ultra-marathon race of at least 16 km
    3. qualify for the Hong Kong cross-harbour race
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz View Post
    There is a great article and study about initial pulling/hand position vs. shoulder position and the impact on shoulder impingement, soreness and injury in the October 2019 issue of Swimming World. Basically, make sure your hand is lower than your shoulder when you pull (especially at the beginning of the pull) to avoid unwanted compaction stress in the shoulder joint.
    Thanks, I'll check that out. My shoulders seem good now.

    I should add that by the end of 2020, I'm dreaming of doing other distances at the same level as 5:59 400m. (Basically, the SC WR x 59%.)

    So, hopefully a sub16 for 25m, 34.3 for 50m, 1:16.2 for 100m, 2:48.4 for 200m, 12:31 for 800m, 23:57 for 1500m.

    Most of these times are roughly twice what I can do now. Ie 50m at current 25m pace, 100m at current 50m pace, etc etc.

    This is realistic, right? Swimgods?
    Current PRs: 25m-:16.8/50m-:36.0/100m-1:19.5/200m-2:55.5/400m-6:14/800m-12:50/1600m-26:37

    My main swimming goal: Sub6min 400m before the end of 2020.

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    I'm not making any goals until my first meet of the year at the end of Jan. Had a lot happen last year with my health and shifting priorities so I'm pretty slow right now but hopefully back on track more or less. My goals for this winter season were 2:00 200 fly and 2:10 200 breast by Spring Nats, but again, we'll see what the first meet brings and if I will have to recalibrate.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Merrywell View Post
    In 2019, I started swimming again and went from 350 pounds to 225 pounds. My 1650 went from a 28:52 to a 19:46. In 2020, Id like to get the weight under 200 and the mile under 18:30.
    Wow. This is crazy awesome progress.

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    Thanks, I'll check that out. My shoulders seem good now.

    I should add that by the end of 2020, I'm dreaming of doing other distances at the same level as 5:59 400m. (Basically, the SC WR x 59%.)

    So, hopefully a sub16 for 25m, 34.3 for 50m, 1:16.2 for 100m, 2:48.4 for 200m, 12:31 for 800m, 23:57 for 1500m.

    Most of these times are roughly twice what I can do now. Ie 50m at current 25m pace, 100m at current 50m pace, etc etc.

    This is realistic, right? Swimgods?
    The only one I'd think might be iffy is holding last year's 400 pace for an 800. That's a pretty big difference in race.
    400 IMer/200 backstroker in another life, now sprinter/breaststroker... Yeah, I don't know how that happened either!

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    "The only one I'd think might be iffy is holding last year's 400 pace for an 800. That's a pretty big difference in race."

    When I did 12:50 I went 6:27/6:23....and yet I have only done 6:14 for 400m. I'm either much better at 800m or my current 400m should actually be 6:08. I'd like to think the latter.
    Current PRs: 25m-:16.8/50m-:36.0/100m-1:19.5/200m-2:55.5/400m-6:14/800m-12:50/1600m-26:37

    My main swimming goal: Sub6min 400m before the end of 2020.

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    Re: What Are Your 2020 Swim Goals?

    1. Move to FL (TPA or JAX areas) and get on a good Master's team. (Looking for a job in project management and/or aviation if you have any leads.)
    2. Get back in enough shape to compete in state Sr Olympics. Maybe get in enough shape to break the TN AG records for 200, 500 free?
    3. Get at least one OWS on the calendar and enjoy it (St Croix or Grendadines are first choices). This is dependent on #1 though.
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    Re: What Are Your 2020 Swim Goals?

    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms View Post
    1. Move to FL (TPA or JAX areas) and get on a good Master's team. (Looking for a job in project management and/or aviation if you have any leads.)
    Have you considered the Phoenix area as a warm alternative, with a big airport and Southwest and American Airlines there ... but more importantly - Mesa Aquatic Club, Swim Devil Masters and Phoenix Swim Club - three big Masters teams each with access to gorgeous 50m x 25 yard pools?

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