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...but I swam 150 meters last night....3x. of course everyone else finished up with 4x200 or 3x200.<br><br>
The other peeps are so wonderful. I know if they weren't so encouraging, i couldn't do it. I still have thoughts of getting out of the pool and quitting.
 

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Nothing is laughable. We all were beginners -- at everything -- at one point! Some of us still are! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Nothing laughable at all. Im just getting started on swimming laps in anticipation of following several of my fellow 30s into the world of sprint triathalons. Gotta start somewhere.
 

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Congrats! And I definitely don't laugh at anything that anyone cranks out in the pool. I was just so hopeless at swimming as late as last year, where I could barely cover the width of a pool with a damn kickboard. Keep up the work...it may not seem like it, but it will come with time
 

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Give yourself a break. As lean as you are, you probably sink faster than the proverbial rock. It turns out that swimming efficiently requires a lot of practice. Running is much more intuitive. Stick with it for a while and be patient with yourself.<br><br>
 

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can I ask a question in here?<br><br>
how do you swim efficiently? should i take lessons, or just get in and start swimming?
 

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Just so you know, a year ago I could barely swim a full lap. Today I completed my longest swim ever: 1000 meters. Just keep plugging away, I always say. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Well... first off, let me say I am not a fast swimmer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
So take this with a grain of salt.<br><br>
If you can find a good coach/instructor who is used to teaching adults, take a couple lessons. You might as well be doing it right. I took a lesson a couple years ago with a kid who teaches little kids and it didn't really help at all. I took a lesson this summer with a Total Immersion coach, and even after one lesson it helped. I plan to take more with him. I may actually do a clinic next summer.<br><br>
But if you can't get a lesson, just get in the water and start swimming if you already know how. Swimming endurance (for me) is totally different from running or biking. The breathing is challenging since you can't just breathe when you want to. You have to time it with your stroke. Good luck HH. Swimming is a fantastic workout. And it's SO easy on your body, no impact and all.
 

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Oh, and swimming efficiently entails keeping your body floating as close towards the top of the water as possible, rolling a little with each stroke, and taking long strokes. K had some great advice earlier this summer on it and it really helped me to kind of visualize what he said about staying towards the top of the water and taking long strokes. Like, your arm should not come out of the water much before it reaches your thigh... if that make sense.
 

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300 yards nonstop!!<br><br>
I had so much fun tonight. I missed last week and everyone said they "missed me". I said "because I make you all look so good"<br><br>
2000 yards in total drills. one panic attack as I was getting lapped.
 

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I'm no expert swimmer yet, but the Total Immersion Swimming book along with some breathing advice have mad a tremendous difference for me.
 

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When I first started I couldn't do 25 without snorting water. I say you're doing GREAT!
 

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I'm a visual gal.<br><br>
The dvd did me better than the book.<br><br>
That sounds sexual...
 

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Hubby thought for me to get better I needed to practice MORE. I said Shit no. My tri friends say it's all about technique.<br><br>
A year later I went from last place at my first sprint tri in the swim to:<br><br>
4th in my AG<br>
2nd in Athena<br><br>
I did relay-so I technically didn't compete against them...but still-lessons.
 
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