11 years of almost Masters Swimming. July 5th 11 years ago I showed up on deck at the West Hollywood Pool to swim with WH2O. I had been doing a few lap swims at the gym on my own but that really was not a workout. I continued with swimming with WH20 for 6 years before moving to Florida.
The last 4 years it has been just lap swimming on my own or some organized swim workouts with a gang from the VAST Masters Swim Team for retired folks in a 55+ community. They have a team but I swam with the coach and a few others who couldn't make the practice times. But as I worked more in fitness teaching classes swimming has been less and less. Then the "coach" of our organized lap swims moved away and my appendix being removed I haven't swam much at all. But now I gotta swim. I entered a swim meet for next weekend to swim the 50 free, 100 free, 400 free and the 50 fly. I'm calling it a workout and not a swim meet. I want and will start planning to swim in September at the WeHo Sports Festival and with that said I'm going to join a Masters team about 30 minutes away from here. I know 30 minutes doesn't sound that bad but I gotta figure it out with my classes I teach and clients. The tough part is going to see how I can fit the workouts with my job but I'm going to try.
Looking back 11 years ago I swam my first Masters Meet in December at the former Belmont Pool and got DQ'ed in my backstroke as I flipped to far from the wall and kicked in. Oh well. My times weren't fast but I swam. My best years were from 06-08. First training for the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago and then I came back all gung-ho on swimming. About that time we had a bunch of new to the team and younger swimmers at 6am practice that I attended that really pushed me. Them and great coaching. Thinking of what pushed me then and how I have nothing pushing me now I realize I need to step up and join a team. Even if I can only make it to the team swims once a week I gotta do something.
No matter how much working out I do during the week getting in the pool kills me. Every muscle group is crying outloud. I have muscles I don't use at all crying.
5x100's Kick w/fins on 2 minutes
Wait, Joel did kick on his own? I was just trying to fill up some yardage time. I spin enough that I hate kicking but I took it easy. (500/700)
20x50's Pulling w/Paddles on 60
Yeah pulling! More garbage yardage. I kept telling myself I needed just to swim 400 Yards but the pool was warm and the sun was out. I needed to get up for 7am before the sun gets too much.
1 :43.2 50 1:26
2 :41.8 50 1:24
3 :41.8 50 1:24
4 :42.0 50 1:24
5 :41.7 50 1:23
6 :41.9 50 1:24
7 :41.2 50 1:22
8 :41.5 50 1:23
9 :40.0 50 1:20
10 :41.5 50 1:23
11 :41.4 50 1:23
12 :41.2 50 1:22
13 :40.9 50 1:22
14 :42.3 50 1:25
15 :41.8 50 1:24
16 :41.8 50 1:24
17 :41.6 50 1:23
18 :42.3 50 1:25
19 :42.8 50 1:26
20 :42.9 50 1:26
Nothing to write home about. (1000/1900)
200 easy kick (200/1900)
8x25's on 60 IM 2 of each stroke (200/2100)
100 kick/drill/drill/swim FLY (100/2300)
2,300 yards not much but more then last week. I should have and could have swam more but I was getting hot and bored. After 4 years I realize I need a team around me to swim. Hopefully by the 12th anniversary of me swimming again I'll be motivated and my swimming will be on game.
My Progress for Go The Distance 2015
Month Total Distance
Feb 1.36 miles (=2,400 yards, =2,195 meters)
Mar 1.39 miles (=2,450 yards, =2,240 meters)
Apr 1.45 miles (=2,550 yards, =2,332 meters)
Jun 0.91 miles (=1,600 yards, =1,463 meters)
Jul 1.31 miles (=2,300 yards, =2,103 meters)
Total 6.42 miles (=11,300 yards, =10,333 meters)