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4/22/11 12:25 P

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Thank you so much, that was everything I needed to hear!

�Never, never, never, never give up.� ~~ Winston Churchill

�People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.�~~ Zig Ziglar



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4/21/11 9:52 P

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Jenn....I had similar concerns about Masters as you did. I hadn't swam in 37 years! When I decided to do triathlons about 3-4 years ago, I went to the pool on my own and could barely finish 25 yards! But I kept working at it but still felt like I was hyperventilating. I can't really remember what got me starting the Masters 9 months later (still barely able to catch my breath with 100 yards but completed the 750 yard sprint triathlon), but I just plunged in and started! The coach (an almost olympic swimmer and college swimmer, female and 28 at that time), broke down my stroke to help me become more efficient. I did gain speed and endurance, but it took me MONTHS before I could complete one of her workouts. I was and still am the slowest swimmer on the team. NO BODY CARES! And everyone is so supportive. We have a man in his 30s now who coaches and his workouts are tougher than hers ever were. He, too,....do what you can....gives tips on refining your stroke, etc. I can usually finish his workouts as exhausting as they sometimes can be (usually a great workout, but sometimes grueling), but am one of the last ones to complete it. I don't race and neither do most of the swimmers...only a handful go to events. But like I say....people are SUPER friendly and encouraging.

We've had people come and go but there are a core of us who are loyal to the sport. One gal came and decided she needed swim lessons before coming back later. We never saw her again, but no one thinks anything of those who come for a few weeks and disappear.

I think you should go. If you were swimming a mile last fall, you'll get back into it fairly quickly. There are swimmers at all different levels. A couple of the guys are only barely faster than me. Then there are those who are just under a minute for a 100 yard sprint. And everything in between.

I LOVE my masters team! I bet you will too! Best wishes!





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4/21/11 9:01 P

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We have a local masters swim team and I am looking forward to joining them for a "come and check us out workout".

I haven't been in the pool for a while because I'm having problems with recurrent ear infections, but I'm so looking forward to getting back in the pool.

Here's my concern: I emailed the team and asked how much I should be swimming before I join them for a workout. They replied "This is masters swimming, swim as much as you can, stop and take a breather if you need to". While I love this welcoming and inclusive philosophy, I feel like I need to get my yardage up before I join them.

Am I being a sissy? Is it smart to get my stamina up on my own before I start? Is this just me making excuses and sticking with something old (treadmill) rather than branching out and trying something new?

Last fall I was up to swimming a mile each morning, if I wait until I get back up to that on my own it will probably add 6 weeks to joining the team.

Thoughts? Anyone currently doing masters? Do you work out harder with a coach than you do on your own?

�Never, never, never, never give up.� ~~ Winston Churchill

�People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.�~~ Zig Ziglar



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