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11/19/13 1:05 P

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I'm just going to keep posting on here occasionally to keep this thread toward the top of the list in the hopes that someone might want to join me.

My first practice was rugged. My triceps were incredibly sore pretty early. My feet also started to cramp. I had to take a few breaks to stretch and massage my feet. In the end, that's what ended my workout. I couldn't push off the wall without my feet cramping. So I did a little over an hour the first day. And my arms were so sore the next couple days.

But on Monday I did my second day. I added electrolytes to my water this time to combat the foot cramping. I also hydrated better beforehand. I wasn't even close to as sore that day as I'd been 3 days earlier. I was able to get through most of the workout. What surprised me was how many laps I did. When I swim on my own I burn myself out pretty early. I did 85 mins of swimming and was able to keep going since the coach mixes up full strokes with just arms or just legs for a while. I did 3,000 laps! That's 1.8 miles. Wow! And I burned about 1000 calories.

I'm looking forward to next Friday. I like the fact that this club has early morning, late morning, and evening practices to fit all kinds of schedules. They also have a ton of lanes. I counted the empty lanes at my practice (the pool is huge) and there were 16 unused lanes with 5 of us there on Monday.

It's centrally located near the UC Riverside campus on University.




--Debbie

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11/15/13 12:06 P

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In researching more about the US Masters Swimming group they've got a great inclusive attitude. They have everyone from fast competitors to 80 and 90 year olds who just like the exercise and being with other people and everyone in between. Some people go to competitions and some don't. I even looked at some of the race results and discovered that the results were pretty wide-ranging. It appears that if I race butterfly I could sometimes win by default! ;-) I won't do competitions initially, and if I ever do they'll be hand selected for convenience. But I do think it would be cool to take the kids to a meet and let them watch people race in swimming - especially to cheer on their mom.

I was really impressed to see that the inclusive attitued is #1. Even at their national meets anyone can participate. The only limit is that you can't sign up for more than 3 events if your race times aren't "qualifying times". You can do 6 events if you do have qualifying times. They just want people to get out there and have fun. I hadn't known that about the program until I really started reading up on it.

Today will be my first practice. I'm looking forward to it.


--Debbie

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11/14/13 10:55 A

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What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this!! emoticon

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11/13/13 2:49 P

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Amazing. I responded to a 2 yr old post and wound up following my own advice and joined a Masters Swimming team. I found a group near where I work and have joined them. Joining nearer to where I live didn't actually work for my schedule. But my job gives me up to 3 hours a week for physical fitness which I'll use in mid-day sessions going on at the Riverside Aquatics Association. Cool. Glad I posted on a dead question.


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11/13/13 12:16 P

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Check the Masters Swimming groups. The Temecula CRC pool has morning masters swimming. I would imagine other community centers in Riverside might have them too. www.usms.org/


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8/10/11 5:14 P

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Hey All!!
I used to be on swim team in high school and I really miss the water, but when I try setting up workouts for myself I ALWAYS loose my determination. Does anyone know of any swimming clubs in the Riverside area or have any suggestions?
Thanks!

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