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Old 09-22-2009
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I have been a (self-taught) swimmer for about four years now, but I don't have any competitive background - despite having been a member of a (masters) swimmingclub.

About half a year ago I decided to start training for open water events. I stopped swimming the other strokes (fly, back, breast) and a while ago I swam my first 2 mile open water race - in which I finished as one of the very last swimmers hahahaha (1 hour and 15 minutes). I had trouble with the orientation in open water (I think I swam well over 2 mile indeed haha)

In order to participate in competitive swimming (in either open water or in the pool), the Dutch system requires you to have what you might call a starterslicence. And if you want to own one of those you need to be a member of a swimmingclub.

Now I'm thinking about joining my local masters group (they are know to have very good trainers who focus a lot on technique) so i can 1) get a starters licence and 2) improve my technique.

Another reason why I considered a masters group is because I find it hard to stay motivated for open water, seeing the fact that these races are only held during June, July, August and September. That's eight months without racing!

So I was wondering what you guys are training for so I can take that into consideration. Do you train solely for open water or do you also train for, say, 200 IM or fly?

Sorry if I didn't make any sense; I have a hard time being concise.

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Old 09-22-2009
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I have been a (self-taught) swimmer for about four years now, but I don't have any competitive background - despite having been a member of a (masters) swimmingclub.

About half a year ago I decided to start training for open water events. I stopped swimming the other strokes (fly, back, breast) and a while ago I swam my first 2 mile open water race - in which I finished as one of the very last swimmers hahahaha (1 hour and 15 minutes). I had trouble with the orientation in open water (I think I swam well over 2 mile indeed haha)

In order to participate in competitive swimming (in either open water or in the pool), the Dutch system requires you to have what you might call a starterslicence. And if you want to own one of those you need to be a member of a swimmingclub.

Now I'm thinking about joining my local masters group (they are know to have very good trainers who focus a lot on technique) so i can 1) get a starters licence and 2) improve my technique.

Another reason why I considered a masters group is because I find it hard to stay motivated for open water, seeing the fact that these races are only held during June, July, August and September. That's eight months without racing!

So I was wondering what you guys are training for so I can take that into consideration. Do you train solely for open water or do you also train for, say, 200 IM or fly?

Sorry if I didn't make any sense; I have a hard time being concise.
Don't worry your English is fine and totally understood. I can't speak for other forum members but I don't compete in races (never was competitive about sports). But, I do enjoy a challenge and I like pushing myself to do more. At present I am training for a 10k swim that I will do solo in October from the famous Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge. I'm not concerned with the distance so much as being able to stay in the water. The swim will take anywhere from 1-and-a-half hours to two-hours - depending on tide conditions and wind. The water will still be relatively warm at 60 or 61F and if I get a good current I think I can do the swim in 1 1/2 hours

I only swim in the ocean now and rarely in the pool. Too me, the ocean is far more exciting and is never the same way twice in a row!
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Old 09-23-2009
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I cannot find the words to describe the joy , fear, and freedom I experience when I swim out to the B Buoy @ the La Jolla Cove in San Diego. When the swells hide the shore, when the kelp paddies offer me a place to rest, when the pelicans warp past and the sea lions investigate,..I find I`m in another world where the cares of this world drown.
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I'd like to develop all the skills and endurance to do a nice 400IM. That should take a number of years, so I'm set for challenges for now. hehe
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I cannot find the words to describe the joy , fear, and freedom I experience when I swim out to the B Buoy @ the La Jolla Cove in San Diego. When the swells hide the shore, when the kelp paddies offer me a place to rest, when the pelicans warp past and the sea lions investigate,..I find I`m in another world where the cares of this world drown.
RVL, I'm right there with you. I enjoy the taste of salt water, the choppy water, ebbs, floods, and yes the seals can be interesting but up here in the Bay Area they can get a bit aggressive. But nonetheless, at least for me, open water in particular in the ocean is the best bar none!

Shummai, that's a tall order to do the ultimate to do a 400 IM, I've watched those at the World's and that's no small feat. Good luck with that and keep us posted.

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Shummai, that's a tall order to do the ultimate to do a 400 IM, I've watched those at the World's and that's no small feat. Good luck with that and keep us posted.
Well, at first I'd settle for a good 100 or 200IM. hehe At those distances, I guess it's all about the variations in the turns. Still a tall order for me.
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I cannot find the words to describe the joy , fear, and freedom I experience when I swim out to the B Buoy @ the La Jolla Cove in San Diego. When the swells hide the shore, when the kelp paddies offer me a place to rest, when the pelicans warp past and the sea lions investigate,..I find I`m in another world where the cares of this world drown.
RVL, look for me out there starting around Feb 10 until about Apr 10.
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RVL, look for me out there starting around Feb 10 until about Apr 10.
Terry, do you do parties? My birthday is 10 April. I'm on the other side of the country though. Don't worry, I will eat your slice of cake. hehe
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Don't worry your English is fine and totally understood. I can't speak for other forum members but I don't compete in races (never was competitive about sports). But, I do enjoy a challenge and I like pushing myself to do more. At present I am training for a 10k swim that I will do solo in October from the famous Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge. I'm not concerned with the distance so much as being able to stay in the water. The swim will take anywhere from 1-and-a-half hours to two-hours - depending on tide conditions and wind. The water will still be relatively warm at 60 or 61F and if I get a good current I think I can do the swim in 1 1/2 hours

I only swim in the ocean now and rarely in the pool. Too me, the ocean is far more exciting and is never the same way twice in a row!
i like you

i know by your answers...
i like your style...

now i thnk i'd like to try open waters...
but i'd have a hard time finding you...

and you are the one i'd like to swim with!
you would be my nemo!...(findin nemo!)

it's nice to know
you are out there!

swimming with FRIENDS...
If something strange happen out there!

I'd like the way
you'd explain it!

anyways!
pat

But that's me....for now...I'll be bellydancin ON LAND!
and thinkin' of ya!

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