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    Most masters swimmers are not ex NCAA types though. Some have shoulder problems and need fins. Others can't do fly or breast because of shoulder or knee issues. They have to modify workouts. Better that than to not swim. If you want perfection, you have to go to USA practices because our bodies break down.
    If injured or ill, I totally understand. No problem. And what's a good excuse when perfectly healthy? Mental illness perhaps. . .

    I'd like to get the injury or illness in which you suddenly cannot count to five seconds causing you to leave on the other person's feet. I think all the gals here will agree with me, there's nothing better than having a 40+ year old man between your legs when doing breaststroke at 6 AM in the morning. Truly, there is soooo much humor in that. Just seems like the place that some of them want to be. Otherwise, wouldn't you leave 10 seconds or go first?

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    I have to admit that when the interval gets too tough for me I add the fins to keep up, but then I am trying to keep up with the kids who are seriously much faster than me. Coach is ok with it since I need to learn to use my legs anyway (I'm a leg dragger!).

    I do agree that masters swimmers need to learn to leave 5 seconds apart. When I used to swim with the masters I purposely moved out of the "crowded leave on top of eachother" lane (also known as the PACK) and donned the paddles to do the faster interval in a less crowded lane.

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    Kristina, I don't understand why what swimmers are doing in other lanes bothers you. Your lane, I understand, but other lanes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by (S)he-Man View Post
    If injured or ill, I totally understand. No problem. And what's a good excuse when perfectly healthy? Mental illness perhaps. . .
    Well, some people actually think they are training tools that can enhance performance. Look, you and ande swim naked; other people (even elite swimmers) like their toys. I've never understood why people worry about other's people's equipment so much. Just swim and be courteous about your lanemates. On Sundays, I frequently swim in a lane with a guy that does all freestyle. He says the other strokes hurt his shoulders. He seems to be working damn hard. So I don't care.

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    Having spent the past three days at a kid's meet, I'm full of pet peeves. I think kids' sporting events bring out the loco in parents. My pet peeve is the parent who rushes over to you to tell you how great a swimmer their kid is because they got their first BB time as your kid is in the middle of their event. When you sit for 90 minutes waiting for the next 35 second event, you'd kind of like to see it.

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    All of a sudden there's no topic originator named in the thread listing for this thread and the first post has a phantom posting...
    Why do we always run out of rum?

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    Re: What is your pet peeve about swimming?

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    All of a sudden there's no topic originator named in the thread listing for this thread and the first post has a phantom posting...
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    Well, some people actually think they are training tools that can enhance performance.
    Agreed. However, chronic abusers of the toys sink without them.

    Call me crazy, but I don't like it when Suzy Q or Johnny B show up to the 100 yd free race with wetsuit, fins, and paddles. Ditto in practice.

    Last I checked you can't bring a bike to a foot race.

    There is a time and place for equipment as dictated by the coach (or you are injured.) Those who shall remain nameless, choose to solder the items permanently to their body. Yeah. I race 'em. They are in the group of lanes that race each other. I take it like my cod liver oil. But I ain't gonna like it.

    Look, you and ande swim naked; other people (even elite swimmers) like their toys.
    So how do I look?

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    I'm sure you look fabulous dahling! Much better than the blue tron suit.

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    My newest pet peeve is people who post valueless/meaningless messages on the discussion forum. If you don’t have anything of value to post, don’t post!

    Kind of like this post…

    NOTE: This is not directed at anyone posting on this thread, but to other one-line posters.

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    Re: What is your pet peeve about swimming?

    People in your lane that come off the walls after turns in the middle of the lane & crash or nearly into others!!

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    Re: What is your pet peeve about swimming?

    1. Circling with a slower swimmer (especially one doing BR) who will not pause at the wall and let you pass - very dangerous. Last time it took a huge toenail scratch down the back, another down the arm, and a swift kick in the 'nads before I blew up at this guy.

    2. The swimmer, doing his own workout, who stands right in the middle of the lane, after finishing each and every one of his repeats. I mean, c'mon moron, what are you thinking? Can't you see I'm me every time plowing down on you? GTF outta the way...

    3. Kids, or their beach balls, kick boards, noodles, dinosauers, etc. that always seem to find themselves running smack dab into you during one of your better sets of the season. Especially dangerous for the littler tots when doing backstroke. Where's the lifeguard when you really need them?

    4. Brownouts...nough said
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    Definitely being interrupted while in my zone. GRRRRrrrr!

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    Oh, oh, here's a good one! What about Scuba Divers?? Anyone know what I'm talking about?

    They come in, in their neoprene wetsuits, HUGE masks, ...that's right, MASKS, (I hardly call 'em goggles if they're HUGE) and snorkels...

    "...Ooh, we're snorkeling... IN A POOL!" Who does that?! I'd understand if it were at a reef where colorful fish dwell... But a Pool?!!

    *Speaks in Jacques Gusteau Accent* "Ah yes, wee see ze raire femaile swimmaire in hair beautiful black, red and orange Speedo, swimming ze majestic breaststroke.... Du not get too close, or she'll see you and zen slap you."

    GIMMIE A BREAK!!! Snorkeling is for tourists who want to see fish in reefs, not female swimmers in skin tight Speedo's! Oy!
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    1. The ridiculous girl who hangs at the end of the lane on the far side (50m pool) with her legs spread to max distance apart so you can't do a flip turn without coming close to breaking one of her limbs.

    2. When waiting on slower swimmers ahead of me at the wall so I won't be on their butt in no time (open lap swimming at my German pool), and some douchebag dives in and starts swimming in the gap.

    3. The idiot who thinks swimming circles means swimming right up the middle while the rest of us stay right. That gets fixed fast.

    4. Seeing so many swimming with no hip roll and poor form - their bodies must really ache after swimming.

    5. People gathering at the end of the lane oblivious to anyone else coming in, leaving no space for you to make a turn. Hello people, we're sharing space here!

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    Re: What is your pet peeve about swimming?

    I feel incredibly lucky after reading a lot of these responses. I go to a Lifetime fitness and we have a lot of lanes so there is usually a free one.

    So my peeves are:

    1. I cannot figure out freestyle and it makes me feel incompetent and embarrassed when I try.

    2. Chlorine kills my hair and skin and my hair just always seems dirty and my skin is always itchy and rashy. Seriously I am just so freaking over chlorine.

    3. Days when I can't swim because life or my shoulder hurts or whatever. I just want to spend a twelfth of my life in the pool and never miss a day; that is not so much to ask!

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    1. The lap pool is taken up by "aqua walkers" while the leisure pool has available lanes
    2. Leisure pool is too warm
    3. When I am sharing a lane with someone with paddles and I end up getting spanked
    4. Seeing bandaids in or around the pool area

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    Re: What is your pet peeve about swimming?

    1) practice is always 2hrs before i want to get up - but i do anyway

    2) i train way harder than i want to, to go slower than i want to

    3) why does swimming take 2x or 3x or 5x the training that any other sport does?

    4) how many other sports have you shave your body for the top competition?

    5) for 20 years i promised i would not be insane and get up at 5am to train my rear off...yet for 8 years now...im back at it!
    clearly swimming causes insantiy or at least re-occuring insantiy

    6) masters swimming has caused me to look at a Large pizza and go...dinner for 1
    it was way worse when i was younger
    my eating doesnt turn off if i take a day off from swimming

    7) by taste i can tell the ph level of pool water and what chemicals are too much and in need of...talk about insane!

    8) 77 is too cold, 81 is too hot...a 3 degree range seems way too picky, but too cold and i cramp and too warm and i melt

    9) $300 for a jammer is ok, but $9 for goggles? no way!

    10) $100 for entries is high, but $800 for airfare to the meet, sure

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    Re: What is your pet peeve about swimming?

    Quote Originally Posted by sunruh View Post
    2) i train way harder than i want to, to go slower than i want to
    Pet peeve: I train as hard as I think I can, but I still get whooped by some certain Texans ...

    Flip side of the pet peeve (why I love swimming): No matter who beats who in the race, we still laugh and commiserate in the cool-down pool and remain friends before competitors

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    Re: What is your pet peeve about swimming?

    Quote Originally Posted by sunruh View Post
    1) practice is always 2hrs before i want to get up - but i do anyway

    2) i train way harder than i want to, to go slower than i want to

    3) why does swimming take 2x or 3x or 5x the training that any other sport does?

    4) how many other sports have you shave your body for the top competition?

    5) for 20 years i promised i would not be insane and get up at 5am to train my rear off...yet for 8 years now...im back at it!
    clearly swimming causes insantiy or at least re-occuring insantiy

    6) masters swimming has caused me to look at a Large pizza and go...dinner for 1
    it was way worse when i was younger
    my eating doesnt turn off if i take a day off from swimming

    7) by taste i can tell the ph level of pool water and what chemicals are too much and in need of...talk about insane!

    8) 77 is too cold, 81 is too hot...a 3 degree range seems way too picky, but too cold and i cramp and too warm and i melt

    9) $300 for a jammer is ok, but $9 for goggles? no way!

    10) $100 for entries is high, but $800 for airfare to the meet, sure
    Not much body hair left except for the chin since I 59 year old woman even as a kid when all the girls shaved their legs I didn't because mother said you would end up shaving your legs everyday.

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