fru-gal wrote: ↑Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:55 am
There seems to be a lot of overthinking going on here. Stick to the crawl, breathe when you're comfortable, relax, avoid the breast stroke, which is an invention of the devil.
In previous times, I didn't understand this statement. Now that I'm 55+, I understand.
I stopped the butterfly because of my shoulders.
I stopped flip turns because of my back.
Now I stopped breast stroke because of my knees.
Back to freestyle crawl 3x week, 72 lengths in a 25 yd pool, which is about a mile, somewhere between 40 to 43 minutes. In younger days, I could crank that out in 30 min easy. Every now and then I throw in a little backstroke, which I generally hate, but it is easy on the body. Men don't like backstroke.
I'm just happy to be swimming. Arthritis sucks. Swimming helps.
We're currently in our neighborhood pool during early morning ad hoc swimming. In past years, we'd be the only ones. This year, the small pool is full (6 lanes). Everyone has been instructed on Covid procedures. I feel OK about passing someone quickly with most people breathing through filtered bubbles. It is only a small risk. The only complaint? No lane lines. Too turbulent, but that's life in a neighborhood outdoor pool, primarily used for kid-fun-time. After labor day we'll have to sign up with the city pool and go through strict scheduling procedures (due to covid).
The shutdown months from March thru early June were really, really tough. I need my swimming.