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BradMM 08-15-2009 09:48 PM

I swam an hour today and, if my admittedly slow pace was constant, that would be about 1.5 miles. I wasn't tired much at all. Maybe all those TI practice sessions paid off!


BradMM 08-30-2009 11:00 PM

Have been doing at least a mile, M-F, and enjoying it immensely!

A mile a day wasn't too much of a challenge. Wish I had more time during "lunch", I'd swim longer/farther.

shuumai 08-31-2009 01:31 AM


Originally Posted by BradMM (Post 5600)
Have been doing at least a mile, M-F, and enjoying it immensely!

A mile a day wasn't too much of a challenge. Wish I had more time during "lunch", I'd swim longer/farther.

Yea! Now swim faster! hehe

BradMM 08-31-2009 02:49 PM

I go by time because of time limitations and simplicity but I assume that my pace will pick up over time.

Jean Bury 08-31-2009 05:30 PM

Back problems and sig. other being "#1"

I just swam 1.5 miles yesterday in open water--felt awesome, though I felt my stroke coming apart the last 3/4 mile--I just picked one thing to focus on, as fatigue from the cold (should have worn a wetsuit) was a player in it coming apart.

Anyway, I also suffer from chronic back issues--I have four slipped discs, one of then is badly herniated. I found that by not extending my underwater arm to its max, I felt less strain on my back. I have NO idea if this is good advice or proper, but I can relate to having back pain, even while swimming. I also have to focus on my core being engaged and strong. For whatever reason, slightly holding back on that underwater, forward arm has helped. For what it's worth....

Also, I can relate to your needing to be there first for your wife. I have two children with multiple disabilities, and I have to be there for them first, too. This means I can't work out the way I'd like and/or workouts get cancelled or cut short. It's hard, when you can see yourself improving and then must cut back for a while. So, that being said, you are definitely not alone in those issues.

Swim on--when you can


BradMM 08-31-2009 06:19 PM

Thanks, Jean!

BradMM 04-07-2012 12:05 AM

WOW, THREE YEARS LATER and my post is still on the FIRST PAGE!!!

I regularly swim at least a mile but I now have glass beads at the edge of the pool to help me count. I'm doing this because I'm participating in a swimming challenge thing so I want to he honest about my number of laps.

I reread the entire thread and the tempo trainer was mentioned. I think I'm going to buy one tonight but I'm not 100% confident it is right for me. A small issue is how to wear it. I read that it works best under your cap but I don't wear one. I want to clip it to my goggles.

I swim at one of two pools on our university campus and most of the young people are much faster than me. Part of me doesn't care because I'm doing my own thing but the other part wonders if this is simply a function of my age (about 3x greater than most of them!) or my technique! I thought the tempo trainer would help improve my time.

I also bought the "Turn the TI Way" but haven't used it much yet. I do think that would be helpful but I have to get over that initial hump. :-)


BradMM 06-21-2017 09:17 PM

Enjoyed rereading... swim a mile every time I swim now.

dk2943 06-22-2017 03:50 AM

Join the club
Welcome to the mile club. I have not been able to do it every day, but I do it 4 to 5 times per week. I started out doing a quarter mile and thought I was going to die, but I kept it up and kept on adding laps. I have been doing a mile for over a year.
My goal is to maintain a steady pace, and simply work on improving my form, style and speed. I
I feel terrific when I get out of the pool! For me, swimming boosts endorphins to the point that I almost feel high. Also, there is a true sense of accomplishment. I always have lots of energy.
By the way, I am 66 (67 this summer).

BradMM 06-22-2017 04:05 PM

Welcome to the mile club? I posted that in 2009! :-) I just rereading. Oh, and I'm only 63.

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