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    Re: Highest yearly swim totals

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    Do your athletes mind you being there? If you didn't have the prior coaching connection with them, would you pursue swimming with a group like that?
    I trained with the college girls for about 18 months BEFORE I was a coach there (it’s sort of how the assistant coaching position fell into my lap). I coached there for five years and then retired (my wife’s word not mine). I kept away for a few years but just the past couple weeks wanted to mix up my training and the training venue so I reached back out to the head coach about dropping in from time to time. I definitely wanted to give a chance for most of the girls I had coached to graduate before I showed my face again. The seniors now I coached as freshmen. And the assistant coach who took my place was one of the girls I coached (and so I see some of “me the coach” in some of the sets she writes!).

    and the girls don’t seem to mind me. The younger ones who never knew me don’t pay me much of a mind at all. And the girls who I coached appreciate seeing me again (and trying to throw down against the “old” man).

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    Re: Highest yearly swim totals

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    PWB, were there kids who "coulda been a contender" but dropped out just from the harshness?
    Possibly, but I should have qualified that I was a distance swimmer and this was primarily for the distance folks.

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    Do you think the coach may have been a sadist?
    Actually, no. He was a great coach and we all swam great. This was 1983 and the stories of what guys like Brian Goodell and Vladimir Salnikov had done in terms of high volume were legendary and circulating around many clubs. I actually really thrived for my 800/1500 doing this kind of stuff. Later on, in university, the only year I swam a decent 1650 was the year we did Tuesday/Thursday workouts that were in the ~12K to 14K range. But, by then, I was probably going more like low 60K yards (25K between the TTh long singles and another 30K from doubles on MWF and then maybe 6K to 8K on Saturday).

    Of course, 30+ years later, a 4K workout is a long one for me

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    Re: Highest yearly swim totals

    What else is done in the day when soooo much pool time takes it up?

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    Re: Highest yearly swim totals

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    What else is done in the day when soooo much pool time takes it up?
    This! I'm impressed anyone has the kind of time to swim an average of ~6-7 miles a day and still work, eat, sleep, etc.

    To each their own.

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    Re: Highest yearly swim totals

    These swimmers must be good friends with the life guards!!

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    Re: Highest yearly swim totals

    Quote Originally Posted by orca1946 View Post
    These swimmers must be good friends with the life guards!!
    no life guards at my pool!

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    Re: Highest yearly swim totals

    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S View Post
    no life guards at my pool!
    haha, there are no lifeguards at my gym pool either. but it is an indoor 2-lane 25 yard pool. I'll do 1000-2000 there after a gym workout, the occasional full workout (when my real pool isn't open), and did a few extra long swims there last year when ramping up for some o/w events. but it really takes a bit to psych myself up for something like that.


    As to the topic.... I hit a record 640 miles last year. I swam 3 10k events, attempted a 10 miler (fell just short of finishing), and a few swims around 5k, along with 2 meets. I do have a full-time job, some occasional work travel, and some personal travel and vacations (where I may or may not swim). There were a few months when I swam some every day (that some might have been 400 yards), but generally over a month I'll take off at least 3-4 days.
    90 minutes of swimming before work is really about the most I can handle. I have done some 3 hour training swims on weekends, but even those can be tough to pull off, from an overall life / timing perspective.
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    Re: Highest yearly swim totals

    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S View Post
    no life guards at my pool!
    My regular pool has one (1) lifeguard (at a time), and I'm not actually sure he knows I'm there half the time. (particularly when I'm the only one there and in the far lane).

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    Re: Highest yearly swim totals

    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm View Post

    As to the topic.... I hit a record 640 miles last year. I swam 3 10k events, attempted a 10 miler (fell just short of finishing), and a few swims around 5k, along with 2 meets. I do have a full-time job, some occasional work travel, and some personal travel and vacations (where I may or may not swim). There were a few months when I swam some every day (that some might have been 400 yards), but generally over a month I'll take off at least 3-4 days.
    90 minutes of swimming before work is really about the most I can handle. I have done some 3 hour training swims on weekends, but even those can be tough to pull off, from an overall life / timing perspective.
    That works out to something like 12 miles a week, if I'm calculating right, or an average of just under 3000m a day, which still seems quite a bit more reasonable than 8+ miles a day. I am pretty slow, though (3600m takes me 1.75 to 2 hours), so maybe my view is skewed. How many meters do you cover in those three hours, out of curiosity?

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    Re: Highest yearly swim totals

    Our masters team - elgin Blue Wave in Ill --- uses a mix of all the above for ages 27 --- 74 to get us in shape without breaking us for meets!

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    Re: Highest yearly swim totals

    Quote Originally Posted by swim_badger View Post
    How many meters do you cover in those three hours, out of curiosity?
    When I swim 3 hours, it is usually at a place like Barton Springs in Austin. I can cruise a bit at the beginning, before it gets busy, but spend the last 30+ minutes dodging people (and having to swim on one side for the diving board). So in 3 hours probably 6 miles. But I'll only do that once or twice to peak for a swim. Most of my long swims there will be 2 to 2-1/2 hours, keeping about that same pace, 30 minutes per mile (I'm faster in a pool and for organized events, especially with a current). The, "pool," is 1/8 mile long, and I mentally measure my distance in miles rather than meters or yards.
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    Re: Highest yearly swim totals

    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm View Post
    When I swim 3 hours, it is usually at a place like Barton Springs in Austin. I can cruise a bit at the beginning, before it gets busy, but spend the last 30+ minutes dodging people (and having to swim on one side for the diving board). So in 3 hours probably 6 miles. But I'll only do that once or twice to peak for a swim. Most of my long swims there will be 2 to 2-1/2 hours, keeping about that same pace, 30 minutes per mile (I'm faster in a pool and for organized events, especially with a current). The, "pool," is 1/8 mile long, and I mentally measure my distance in miles rather than meters or yards.
    I appreciate the answer, and I am inelegantly jealous of anyone getting to swim in Barton Springs. It looks like a fun time.

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