Need swimmers' advice- Competitive swimming.. After college?

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    Nov 28, 2012 8:16 PM GMT
    Posting this in the genreal forum because it seems to be the only one that gets responses...

    So, I am 29 years old and I love swimming, but college is long done. What are my options for competing formally? I'm into indoor relays and open water.
    Found a link for U.S. masters swimming http://www.usms.org/comp/
    I would like to join a team.. With a coach, training, etc.
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    Nov 28, 2012 10:44 PM GMT
    I did a google search for "gay masters swimming sacramento ca" and got the following links:

    www.sacmasters.org/
    swim.isport.com/swimming-teams/us/california/sacramento/
    www.pacificmasters.org/
    www.outsports.com/sportslinksbysport.htm
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    Nov 28, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
    timshel saidPosting this in the genreal forum because it seems to be the only one that gets responses...

    So, I am 29 years old and I love swimming, but college is long done. What are my options for competing formally? I'm into indoor relays and open water.
    Found a link for U.S. masters swimming http://www.usms.org/comp/
    I would like to join a team.. With a coach, training, etc.


    I would imagine there are plenty of Masters teams in your area. They generally practice at local colleges or the Y. I live in Boston, and there are four to choose from. I'm considering joining one, seeking the formal training and practicing with others as opposed to swimming alone, but not so sure about actually competing. They probably don't do a lot of open water swims, unless some of the swimmers are also triathletes, who would benefit from them. And just like in college, you'll be expected to do individual swims as well as relays.

    Hope that helps.
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    Nov 29, 2012 4:07 AM GMT
    Thanks guys..

    doesn't sound like either of you currently do competitive swimming. Looking for others out there who compete so I can get first hand knowledge.. basically I want to know what type of training is involved, how many days per week, and what I should do now to prepare for the season spring/ summer 2013.
    Not really looking for gay specific either.

    Or I could just go back to college icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 15, 2013 8:51 AM GMT
    Dude Im in the exact same situation as you. Left uni last year, been swimming competitively for years and at high level. I did a pretty intense cours at uni so didnt train as much Now working and looking to keep up the competing side.

    I MISS RACING!
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    Jan 15, 2013 9:26 AM GMT
    surfswim saidDude Im in the exact same situation as you. Left uni last year, been swimming competitively for years and at high level. I did a pretty intense cours at uni so didnt train as much Now working and looking to keep up the competing side.

    I MISS RACING!


    I found a local trathlon training group here in Sacramento and hopefully complete my first tri by the end of 2013. Been hitting the pool 2-3 x a week. It's pure bliss- life's problems fade away.
  • pandx970

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    Oct 13, 2013 2:38 AM GMT
    A lot of the masters do compete, too.
  • azswimrun

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    Oct 17, 2013 3:13 PM GMT
    I'm on a masters team and really like it. been doing it for a long time, but I didn't swim in school.

    it can be as competitive as you want it, or not at all. in this area, there's usually a meet or o/w swim at least once a month, plus you can travel to other areas...and there's nationals.

    I don't swim with a gay team, but know some guys who do. I'd like to go to IGLA one year, or maybe gay games
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    Oct 17, 2013 3:19 PM GMT
    To all masters swimmers, especially those that sprint in groups: unless your facility specifically designates a lane for your training don't hog the fast lane. Forcing fast recreational swimmers who don't do relays into the intermediate lane peopled by slow swimmers who don't want to be perceived as slow creates a dangerous situation. Thank you.
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    Oct 17, 2013 3:37 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidTo all masters swimmers, especially those that sprint in groups: unless your facility specifically designates a lane for your training don't hog the fast lane. Forcing fast recreational swimmers who don't do relays into the intermediate lane peopled by slow swimmers who don't want to be perceived as slow creates a dangerous situation. Thank you.


    Good post! Check out www.swimmersguide.com for the best listing of pools worldwide and the teams, Masters and otherwise, associated with them. It's even got a section on Lap Swim Etiquette, which all lap swimmers should read and know by heart. My pet peeve: pools with lane dividers that won't use them. I've found that once the lifeguards are reminded that not using them exposes them to liability in case of collisions, they generaly go up and stay up pretty fast.
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    Oct 17, 2013 6:35 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidTo all masters swimmers, especially those that sprint in groups: unless your facility specifically designates a lane for your training don't hog the fast lane. Forcing fast recreational swimmers who don't do relays into the intermediate lane peopled by slow swimmers who don't want to be perceived as slow creates a dangerous situation. Thank you.


    It really sounds like your personal pet peeve. Masters and non-Master's swimmers have gotten around pretty well until you've come along. Swimmers etiquette has been around for a good while. Though common swimming etiquette is not perfect, it really does sound like you've got an axe to grind. That is, just that one group of Masters swimmers that you dealt with.

    To put it into perspective, if I were another swimmer in your pool, I'd probably be off-put by what you've shared you've done.