Anyone serious competitive swimmers out there?

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    Nov 27, 2011 9:54 PM GMT
    Just wondering if there is any competitive swimmers out there, who swim to get faster and not just to get more muscle.
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    Nov 28, 2011 7:43 AM GMT
    In highschool i was on varsity swim team and i swam the 100 breast stroke, and the sectionals qualifying time was 19:00.00 and at one of our last meets i got 19:00.54 could you imagine how pissed i was......
  • stef_30

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    Nov 28, 2011 4:40 PM GMT
    hi,

    I swim for the out games and tournament in Paris and Bruxelles. Do you swim too?
  • swimbikerun

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    Nov 28, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743253434/

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    This is a pretty good book. It takes a long (very long time) to optimize and make your strokes more efficient. You might also consider joining an aquatics team.
  • swimmer8671

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    Nov 28, 2011 5:19 PM GMT
    I swam all 4 years in high school and was recruited to swim in college. I am currently a freshmen swim recruit.

    I love competitive swimming and racing. Seeing just how fast i can get.
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:48 PM GMT
    Yeh, I used to be top of my game with swimming, kinda "retired" now at 22 haha

    Still race though, can't give that up!
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    Dec 17, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
    I swim for my best times at ocean swim races
    & in the winter at masters swim race meets.
    I am looking for friends here on this site who get serious about swimming.
    I use to lifeguard on the Atlantic Ocean & various pools + during college.
    Keep in touch about swimming times & pictures.
    I don't get embaressed wearing a speedo & lately have been
    getting into water polo.
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    Feb 08, 2012 1:58 AM GMT
    I have swam for some of the michigan master's teams--I have gone to many of the IGLA events in Toronto, Atlanta, Paris.
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    Feb 08, 2012 2:04 AM GMT
    I swam year round for 10 yrs and walked on in college. Now I just do it for low impact relaxing endurance exercise. The sport is too limited by genetic factors that make you good. Phelps really hasn't trained harder than anyone else who did swimming growing up. He's just shaped funny and has efficient enzymes. Yes, I'm jealous and jaded because I am aware of the sport science behind swimming now after studying it for years...

    He's a moron though who has let it go to his head.
  • swimmerdude52...

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    Feb 08, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
    Swam competitive for 7 years- went to state in Texas for 100 back and 200 IM. Decided to stop after highschool because I wanted some social life. However, we I get really stressed even my friends know that I can be found in the pool.

    I would of kept it up but my heart wasn't in it anymore
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    Feb 08, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    Used to be before health issues began creeping in. The regimen was five to six days a week at the peak of a 22-year stint in Masters. The practice was always the most enjoyable activity of the day. Races at meets consisted of 100 & 200 backstroke; 100 & 200 butterfly; and 200 & 400 IM. Only one long course 200 butterfly was done. That was at the Euro Games in Z├╝rich on my 48th birthday. Nice birthday present, but once was enough to convince me that the 200 fly long course was not my cup of tea.
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    Feb 15, 2012 11:17 PM GMT
    I swam in high school but beyond that I don't see the point in racing a few laps to prove how fast you are. I'm more a distance swimmer and do it for health benefits. I compete against myself to improve my strokes.
  • maxferguson

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    Feb 20, 2012 10:13 AM GMT
    I swam for 14 years and for 7 at the national level and recently retired. I'm now coaching a (very) energetic group of 8-10 year olds. My rule: you're only allowed to train as fast as you can go before your technique slips, and you're not allowed to go fast at all until you've got the technique down.

    When you're racing someone in the last 50m (or the whole race for that matter....), and you decide it's time to leave them behind, you want to be able to go as hard as your body can, and with the proper technique (as that is what will make the most of your effort). When you turn that mental switch on and try take off.....everything but beating the other guy leaves your head, including any technique you were consciously thinking about. At that moment, you fall back on your habits, and if the other guy has better habits...... he will probably win.

    It's a long process, but find a very patient and detail oriented technique coach and work with them, even if only on 1 stroke. Don't focus on more than 1 or 2 details at a time; if it were possible to make all of the details happen at once, you'd be doing it already. Instead, take your time in each part of the a stroke (i.e., recovery, catch, entry, etc...) and let the muscle memory develop and let it start to feel more natural in the water. Then start doing progressions to put it all together. All in all, the more patient you are and the less frustrated you get, the faster you'll adopt them. I find with my kids that it takes about 3 weeks before they really start making a habit of something I tell them. When they hit the "on" switch in a race, you can tell exactly which habits went out the window and which ones stuck.

    Also, in terms of fitness, I always found dryland training was more effective if I did less of the macro/olympic style lifting and more of the micro movements with scapular stability, core strength and endurance and balance.


    Looking at other things, there are plenty of places in training or a race you can be more effective. I always tell my kids in a descending set to descend by being stronger, and smarter. Stronger is obvious, but smarter can mean maybe going further off each wall, breathing every 5 instead of 3, taking more strokes out of a streamline before breathing, etc....


    Hope this helps!
  • choubi

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    May 06, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    HElloooww!!

    I'm a competitive Swimmer! I'm in the Mauritius National Swimming Team! And I was offer to come and race for University of Cumberlands in August this year but will see what happens!! My best races are 200 and 400 FS!!

    I was an high level triathlete and my best leg has always been swimming; I was world ranked 43 in U23 in 2010... but this year I didnt make the qualification for Olympics so I decided to take some years for swimming and try to qualify for 2016 in swimming!!!

    I speak mainly french so sorry if there is so mistake ;)))

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    May 06, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    i swam since i was a kid (dad was a lifeguard) and i was a varsity swimmer in university. my events were usually the sprints (i'm short but powerful) and i was good at 50m front, 100m back. i was also the backstroker on our 4x100 relay team. i retired after university but i swam masters, which was fun and a great low impact way of staying fit. though it dries out my skin and makes me smell like chlorine.

    i've been focusing more on power, strength and developing muscles lately. i still get into the pool to swim laps, do stroke and kick drills, and i play water polo on an lgb team.
  • choubi

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    May 06, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    swimbikerun saidhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743253434/

    51izEfg7jqL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-stic

    This is a pretty good book. It takes a long (very long time) to optimize and make your strokes more efficient. You might also consider joining an aquatics team.


    TOTAL immersion swimming is a nice approach but really controverted... I've had coach who was teaching total immersion and it was very interesting and very easy to understand! A very nice approach of the body in the water!! But its surely not the faster method of swimming! Flat swimming is what I'm doing now and I go faster and faster!!

    The principal is simple, swim flat and just lift your elbow to the sky, relax your hands and don't think too much about tracking the water, it will be natural, just focus on lifting your elbow to the sky!! icon_smile.gif) icon_biggrin.gif

    TC