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Masters Swim Class...yes!!!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

After running 8+ miles today (with some hamstring pain...which I hope is 'nothing' but I'll discuss with my physical therapist tomorrow), I went to my first Masters Swim Class!!!! This is HUGE as I've only swam twice since my two sprint triathlons (in April & May last year) and I've NOT wanted to get back in the water. Last year, I did all the training on my own! Oh, and I had a one time per week, 30- minute 'class' that was really more of a group swim - not a lesson.

Anyway, I was NERVOUS!!! emoticon I got there about 10 minutes early and some people were already swimming. Others were standing around. I wasn't sure what to do or which one was the instructor. I finally saw her come in with her official YMCA badge and went and introduced myself. She asked me my basic background. Then, she told me that they had a meet that weekend so workout would be different today. Usually, they focus more on correct form, etc, but today she was having them do some relays and starts. But, there were 7 of us who weren't competing so we got lanes 1 & 2.

I was with 3 other ladies and we were in Lane 1. They were really friendly and we started talking. One of them had done the same sprint tri that I'd done in May and another was interested in doing her first this year! So, they were excited to talk to me.

We started swimming, and the instructor stopped me & told me I looked pretty good (hmmm....not sure about that!) but gave me 2 things to work on. Later, she stopped & gave me 3 more. Yikes!!! It's really a little too much to focus on all at once, but she said she could see improvements. And, next week, when we get to do more drills, I bet it'll be easier to focus on one change at a time.

We swam for an hour and I smell like pool water now! emoticon After my long run, this really made me tired. But, it also helped work out some of the kinks!

The class meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, so I have tomorrow off. Oh, and I was pleasantly surprised with the water temperature! I thought it felt really great, though others were complaining of it being too cold.

If you are considering joining a Masters Swim Class, but are scared like I was, I suggest you give it a try! If it was anything like my experience, you'll love it! And, I'm so excited to have others to TRAIN WITH!!! WooHoo!!!!
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/24/2012 7:33PM

    Way to go.

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ON2VICTORY 1/6/2012 10:59AM

    oh man, I wish I had a great class like that to go to!.... make it happen!

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LISAINMS 1/4/2012 10:09PM

    Way to go!


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TEDDYBABE 1/4/2012 8:45PM

    You are such a motivator! Good job. This will be a good thing for you I am sure. I finally broke down and joined a gym today. Excited to work with a trainer. They have a pool but its outside and closed for the winter. (In Texas? seriously) haha) anyhoo I start Friday!! Thanks for being so inspirational!

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TURNINGJ 1/4/2012 7:42PM

    We have an aquatic and fitness center being built literally 1 mile from my house - and it opens in May. We have already signed up for family membership and I can't wait to take the master swim classes they will be offering ....so excited! It is going to be a great tri season this year! :)

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STAROFD00M 1/4/2012 3:38PM

    That. Sounds. AMAZING! Keep it up, you're form will be rockin' in a few weeks.

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RUNNINGPFUHL 1/4/2012 2:01PM

    That is so cool!

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AMOHAME2 1/4/2012 1:27PM

    Thanks for telling us about your swim class! I've been toying with the idea of Masters swimming for ages but keep telling myself I'll just go swimming on my own to save money. Of course, I haven't been in the pool once! I really should give it more serious thought!

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FUNFROG79 1/4/2012 8:40AM

    How fun! emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 1/3/2012 8:40PM

    Great job!! I'm so glad you decided to go. You will be knocking this out of the park!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/3/2012 7:58PM

    Awesome, hey we started a brand new virtual relay for 2012 come join, we are crossing amazon river so we need swimmers too

Donate your crazy mileage, we want to surpass 2011 30,000 miles

Link in my blog :)

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AMSTERDAMAND125 1/3/2012 6:35PM

    Thanks for the post -- I've been looking for a good swimming class or something. You've encouraged me! :)

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BILL60 1/3/2012 6:00PM

    Way to get in there. Hope you enjoy your future classes.

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JLITT62 1/3/2012 5:05PM

    I definitely find swimming helps me wotprk out the kinks . . . & I haven't swum in a really long time.

Good for you for staring down your fears!

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KJDOESLIFE 1/3/2012 4:31PM

    Very cool! I'm glad your class went well (and after an 8 mile run, too!)

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JENNSWIMS 1/3/2012 4:18PM

    I think I just need to quit being a sissy and talking about it and just go to a Master's workout!

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