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What, so your group is the only one that exists?

There are plenty of arseholes with their 150 dollar goggles and Speedos and swimming caps who treat it like some serious hobby. There's a lot to be said for being chill about it and going for a swim and putting your head down, doing a few laps, then getting up and leaving. Then again Victorians have to be the most uncool swimmers around (all this "going to the beach for the weekend" mentality has resulted in the oddity of swimming at 2pm on 40 degree days, bringing about three backpacks to the beach...) so maybe it's a moot point.

And chargers 09 is right. It's like someone who sketches a few lines and anoints themselves as a poet at a party. No you aren't. You write poetry, but you're not Henry Lawson. Nobody calls themselves a "tram user" like some kind of badge of honour. You just use the tram. I walk everywhere, don't drive, and I don't call myself a "walker" or "non-driver."

It's like, people who define themselves by their hobbies or interests, i.e. I'm a "swimmer" as opposed to being someone who "likes to swim" or "go for a swim" is more connotatively lame. It's like, it's not the phrasing exactly, it's mostly the fact most people who call themselves "swimmers" or "cyclists" take themselves really seriously and act like just one thing in their lives is some really interesting, important, defining element.

But you have a chip on your shoulder too. The only difference is I take this forum as a piss-take.
Leaving aside weird stuff like $150 goggles (you're being seriously ripped off there), what exactly is odd about swimming at 2pm on a 40 degree day?
 

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Was it? I thought he begun this conversation when he made a big rant about "swimmers"
He says at the end that he treats this forum as a pisstake.

I want to get me a pair of these $150 goggles, they must have night or x-ray vision or something.
 

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Charges and SA take swimming way more seriously than it deserves.

It's actually quite amazing.
I do take it seriously as I know what I'm doing, don't see the harm in doing something properly. I though what I posted earlier was insightful.
 

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Just jumped back in the pool after 5 years off and pumped out 3x400's on 6:30, 6:18 and then 6:05. No endurance left though. I've got 12 months until IM Melb, going to need every day of that!
 

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Got a season ticket this year and gone almost every day this summer apart from 2 weeks away over Christmas. Even got a new pair of my old goggles for $30, looked for SA's $150 ones to see if they were worth it but couldn't find them :(
 

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I just wanted get fitter and swim 1km in 20 minutes over the summer, managed to do it in that exact time on the very last day that the pool was open lol.
What was your starting point?

(And don't say the blocks at the end of the pool:D)

I hated swimming as a kid, was always s**t at it. About as buoyant as a gold bullion. I've recently started swimming a few laps for fitness. I can do 1km but not in 20 min.
 

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What was your starting point?

(And don't say the blocks at the end of the pool:D)

I hated swimming as a kid, was always s**t at it. About as buoyant as a gold bullion. I've recently started swimming a few laps for fitness. I can do 1km but not in 20 min.
Start of last summer after not doing regularly for a few years, just getting there tired us out first time. Then timed it at about 26 minutes and slowly got better. Do it at around just over 20 atm this summer.

If you can even swim around that distance without stopping I reckon even that's pretty good compared to most people in the population.
 
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If you're only swimming for exercise the extra drag on boardies gives you a better workout anyway.
True they add resistance but I reckon they interfere with your technique, I ended up just buying jammers to swim laps in.
 

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I like swimming. But after every break at the beach/pool= Doctor and a painful needle in the ear. I get shocking swimmers ear.

What is the best way to keep water out. 1 false tilt of the head and I'm practically deaf.
 

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I like swimming. But after every break at the beach/pool= Doctor and a painful needle in the ear. I get shocking swimmers ear.

What is the best way to keep water out. 1 false tilt of the head and I'm practically deaf.
love doing laps, try a snorkel don't have to tilt head and less stress on neck, swimming is great for the lungs and every muscle and not too much wear and tear,swimming is a bit like running if you do a long distance at a slow pace you don't get good value better doing shorter distance at 3/4 pace-gets the heart rate up, try variations of swimming half paced lap one way then flat out on the return lap, try with flippers/with those hand flippers or the band around legs so you cant kick and its all shoulders and arms
 
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I do swimming as a secondary sport with my footy and its great fitness, Even just swimming laps often is good fitness for footy. However swimming competitively is really great for fitness!
 

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