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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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