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Post by Gary E on Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:29 pm

Just noticed no one has posted anything in this area yet, and thought I would see if I'm the only one swimming regularly.
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Post by bsegall2 on Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:20 pm

Hi Gary, I swim once or twice a week, just for 30 minutes. The pool has a nice view of the outdoors, I'm friendly with the guys at the gym, and it seems like very little stress on my body, with different muscles being used than biking or running.
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Post by RoadKillBill on Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:10 pm

I am currently swimming 60 mins 2x/week. I'll start doing 2 x 90 mins starting in February as prep for Lake Placid.

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Post by Sumorunner on Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:09 pm

Swam a mile today in 55 min. In 1986 it was 40 min., so I've lost 5 min. per decade.

I usually swim only in summer at the town outdoor poll, but because of a multitude of running injuries, I've swum indoors 3 or 4 days a week since Sep., mostly 1000-1200 yards, but once every few weeks I'll do 1500-1800.

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Post by Gary E on Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:39 am

Bill and Bruce, you guys should post your mileage on the www.logarun.com website.  It is a free tool that does all sorts of calculations for you (like how many miles a year you run, swim, or bike).  I especially like it whenever I want to compare how I am doing this year relative to previous ones.  I wish it was around when I was a better athlete though.  Other than the marathon, I have little recollection of what my PR's were.
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Post by Sumorunner on Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:48 pm

Ah, you should have kept a log book. I began in 1978 using Bill Rogers Runlog books they sold at Athletic Attic. Then I designed my own spreadsheet on paper and kept those in 3 ring binders for many years. Starting in the 90s, I moved my spreadsheet to the PC and still fill those in religiously. I can look up how many miles, when and where, for any day going back 38 years. But of course I never do look back more than a couple years.

I keep a separate file for races, 477 total, so I can find location, distance, time, etc. at a glance.

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Post by Gary E on Fri Dec 25, 2015 8:05 pm

Sumorunner wrote:Ah, you should have kept a log book...

I used to keep each year's calendar, where I wrote the time under each race...but after several decades of different sized "twelve-page" monstrocities, the storage space became more important than numbers that I could no long duplicate if I tried.

I do still log my data, but now on Logarun.com, a free online tool.  That way I can search for yearly totals, averages, and even view trends via bar graphs.  Which reminds me...it is almost time for everyone to post their yearly data.  Let the bragging begin.
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Post by Dave Tuttle on Sat Dec 26, 2015 6:42 am

Gary E wrote:  Which reminds me...it is almost time for everyone to post their yearly data.  Let the bragging begin.


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Post by twal on Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:30 am

Right Dave. We'll start another thread on 1 Jan.

I just checked and I'm at 999 miles for the year.

I'm like Sumo. I've logged every mile I've run and almost every mile I've biked since 1965.

I have a data base of all the races I've run--older stuff on paper; more recent on computer. The sad part about that is that it documents how much I've slowed over the years.

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Post by Sumorunner on Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:14 pm

I got a new swim watch for Xmas. Automatically counts time, laps, strokes, stroke efficiency, etc. Used it for the first time today. Now I can be A-R with swims as well as run & push-ups data.

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Post by Gary E on Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:46 am

Sumorunner wrote:Now I can be A-R with swims as well as run & push-ups data.

Okay, I give up. What does A-R stand for?
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Post by Gary E on Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:59 pm

I finished last year with 327.1 miles of swimming. At one point in mid November, I reached a new "365 day record" of 333.5 miles, but in this last month I missed several days. This Wednesday, I get a new pacemaker, and will undoubtedly miss a week or so until the incision heals and the device is more secure in it's pocket.

I hope the "time off" will not prevent me from eclipsing that yearly (365 day) record, but the problem with such a pursuit is that I must stay near home (or at least within close proximity of a pool) instead of galavanting all over the country in an effort to spend all of the kid's inheritance money.
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Post by Sumorunner on Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:55 pm

[quote="Gary E"]

Okay, I give up. What does A-R stand for?[/quote]

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Using swimming as one's primary exercise has it's disadvantages in that one must have a pool to swim in, whereas running and biking can be done anywhere, anytime. I've been constrained by availability and scheduling in the past year, but I'm fitting it in better now. My nearest pool is only 10 minutes away and I learned what time of day is least crowded. There are three different pools I can get to with a short drive.

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Post by Sumorunner on Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:03 pm

Oh, BTW, today I registered for my first swim meet, Jan 21, one week before my 69th birthday. Never too late to pick up new tricks. I did do one open water swim last August but have never done a pool race. I signed up for two events, 50 yard freestyle and 200 yard freestyle. I've never been a sprinter, nary a fast-twitch muscle in my body, but there are very few endurance events indoors.

However, US Masters Swimming does have a one hour postal event in Jan/Feb. Swim one hour, count your laps and mail it in. I will try that next.

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Post by Gary E on Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:37 pm

re:adamantly-retentive (see previous couple of postings)

See that? You learn something on this site!!!

It is also a great place to reunite with old friends that are dispersed by great distances.  Just tonight, after reading through a few postings, I called Trish!!!  She was one of the members that kept this group of characters together over the years. Look for an update from her someday.

Since not too many members are into swimming, I figure that I can hide that tidbit here...just to see if anyone is paying attention.
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Post by RoadKillBill on Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:09 am

Ah swimming -- the only thing I can still do reasonably well and yet I don't enjoy it that much. I seem to prefer doing things I can't. I think I've been in the pool twice since July.

Impressive mileage for the year, Gary.

Jack, I admire your enthusiastic undertaking of a new sport.

Best wishes to you both for your continued accomplishment.

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Post by mikenall on Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:47 pm

I swim when it gets too cold or snowy to run or bike. I'm swimming right now for the first time since last April since I was advised to take a break from running. It's just much less convenient than heading out the door to run or bike.

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Post by Gary E on Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:28 pm

Just noticed who is ahead of me in the thirty day leader board in swimming.

7. SumoRunner (13.6)
8. Brutus (11.9)

Way to go Jack!!!
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Post by Gary E on Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:17 pm

I still haven't heard from the new manager of the LogARun site, but at present, the leaderboard is currently updated for only a few categories on the homepage.  I think Jack disabled the rest, especially swimming, just when he rose above me in that category on the leaderboards (see above posting).

Just adding this to see if it gets noticed by that artistically talented member of our group.
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