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I just started going to a Masters swim program and one thing is very clear.

Though I may be mediocre as a triathlete swimmer, I am completely bottom of the barrel, as it were, at this Masters program. This particular program seems excellent.

However, one guy there said he went from 1:45/100yds to 1:15/100yds in two years, so there is hope.



2013-10-09 11:07 AM
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Spend 40% of your time on technique and 60% of your time swimming hard (not just plodding) and gains will come fast.

I think too many people spent 80% of their time plodding and 20% of their time dialling in the wrong technique from what I've seen.
2013-10-09 11:12 AM
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Originally posted by Dan-L  I think too many people spent 80% of their time plodding and 20% of their time dialling in the wrong technique from what I've seen.
You've described my workouts exactly and I know I have to change!
2013-10-09 11:20 AM
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I just started in a Masters group as well, and notice the same thing. I am a MOP triathlete swimmer, yet I am in the slowest lane at Masters.
2013-10-09 12:56 PM
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I used to think swimming was my strongest skill. But am slow and lame compared to 99% of the folks at the masters class. Is very humbling but also frustrating to being lapped by a walrus.
2013-10-09 1:40 PM
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I started swimming in November and joined a masters swim class in May. I went from 25 yards while taking on a gallon of water to a 14:22 for a half mile lake swim with no wetsuit in a local triathlon on Sunday. My body composition has completely changed also. There is nothing like getting your a$$ kicked for an hour, several times a week. The swim now has become the easiest part of the triathlon for me. I can't imagine how I'll be with a few years of this. If anyone wants to become a better swimmer, join a masters swim class.


2013-10-09 1:46 PM
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Originally posted by jlruhnke

I just started in a Masters group as well, and notice the same thing. I am a MOP triathlete swimmer, yet I am in the slowest lane at Masters.
That's the thing about a lot of Masters groups...they aren't necessarily triathletes. It's a great place to get a good workout with people who have been swimming a long time. It always helps to work out with people faster and/or more efficient!
2013-10-10 8:08 AM
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I recently moved and there is not a masters class in my area that I can afford. I do miss my masters swim class
2013-10-10 8:19 AM
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Originally posted by MSU_Brad

Originally posted by jlruhnke

I just started in a Masters group as well, and notice the same thing. I am a MOP triathlete swimmer, yet I am in the slowest lane at Masters.
That's the thing about a lot of Masters groups...they aren't necessarily triathletes. It's a great place to get a good workout with people who have been swimming a long time. It always helps to work out with people faster and/or more efficient!


Oh for sure. The fast lane is full of former division 1 swimmers. My masters group also has youth group associated with it, and some of the people have been swimming with the group since they were kids.

I will probably never be as fast as them, but by swimming with them 3x a week, I just hope to not be in the slowest lane by the spring. I would be happy getting to lane 2.

Edited by jlruhnke 2013-10-10 8:20 AM
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