Any regular swimmers?

(153 Posts)
aristocat Fri 23-Dec-11 01:07:52

Hello,I swim 3 or 4 times a week doing usually 30 lengths each day and wondered if there are any fellow swimmers out there?

sybilfaulty Wed 28-Dec-11 18:46:32

Hello aristocat

Just you and me then?! I swim 3 times a week, usually do a mile and a half (about 100 lengths of our pool), am trying to get into running as well but just LOVE the swimming. Do you have an aquabeat? Best thing for swimmers ever.

I can crawl, but tend to do (proper) breaststroke instead as my lats and shoulders are quite big anyway! What is your stroke? Are you swimming for any purpose (fitness, weight, in training for event etc) or do you just love it? I find the swim keeps the weight down and the arms and legs trim. Stomach taken a pounding with the festive wine but 3 days of upset tum seem to have got rid of that! Hurray!

Look forward to talking chlorine with you.

sittinginthesun Wed 28-Dec-11 18:52:24

Hi. I am joining you, if I may. I am feeling fat and rubbish, as I haven't been able to do any exercise since august, due to a bad back, but I have got to do something, as I am struggling to fit into my clothes.

I started swimming again last week, and am planning to swim at least twice a week, probably 30 lengths at a time.

A swimming buddy would be good!

sybilfaulty Wed 28-Dec-11 18:58:21

Hello sittinginthesun, good to have you on board. I am sorry you feel fat and rubbish. I often feel like that too but a few trips to the pool sorts me out.

Sorry I can't stop to chat more. Need to dish up kids' supper. Back later. So glad to find another water babe smile.

culturemulcher Wed 28-Dec-11 19:06:54

Hello, can I join in?

I do a once a week, intensive(ish) one hour session (swimfit) with a couple of of other swimmers and a coach. The number of lengths varies from week to week depending on the programme, but when I was doing normal lane swimming I used to do 60-80 x25m lengths per session.

I'm hoping to find the time and the will power to up my sessions to twice a week in the new year - god knows I need it!

culturemulcher Wed 28-Dec-11 19:08:18

I've just realised that this is the first time I've ever ventured anywhere within even shouting distance of the Sport and Excercise topic shock grin

sittinginthesun Wed 28-Dec-11 20:02:42

grinme too!

aristocat Thu 29-Dec-11 23:52:20

Oooooh hello fellow water babes smile

I have been swimming regularly for 18 months, originally it was to lose weight but I love it and would be unable to stop anyway. At the moment I am only doing breaststroke, I also did backstroke but I am having vertigo/ dizzy spells and can't do it ATM.
The school hols are disruptive for my swim, I do go with DCs but can't manage to swim much (we play and I try to help them)

Back soon.

watersign76 Fri 30-Dec-11 14:09:52


Not a regular swimmer (although was a competitive swimmer as a child) but hoping to get back into it for 2012.

sybilfaulty was interested to read your recommendation for an aquabeat - LOVE the idea of it. Did you try to waterproof your ipod (if you have one) first? Or did you just go for this? Amazon reviews are a bit [humm]... I also normally wear ear plugs, do the earphones mainly stop water getting into your ears?

Here is to a year of swimming to you all smile


MamaChocoholic Fri 30-Dec-11 14:28:51

Good to see some swimmers smile

I am an ex-regular swimmer. Used to do 2km 2-3 times/week, pre kids. Now I am back to work post maternity leave I need to get back into it again, but don't have the luxury of a whole hour for lunch anymore (need time to get there/back, shower).

Anyone who has suggestions of how I can get a good swim workout in 20mins or so, I'd love to hear them. I used to do 1.5k straight crawl in 25 minutes, but would be slower now, and would rather vary things a little to work on a few different muscles, but that slows it down further.

sybilfaulty Fri 30-Dec-11 14:51:44

Hello water babes!

Aristo, I don't count the times I go with my DC as well. Mine are quite wee (3, 4 and 6) so I need to be on hand to cajole, splash, encourage, save from drowning etc. It's useless in the hols, I agree. Still, school next week.

Watersign, I have to say I was a bit doubtful about my aquabeat but I love it and wouldn't go back. I didn't try to waterproof the Ipod as I thought that, if it didn't work, I'd have ruined something costing £150 whereas if the AB was crap it was only £50 and I could flog it on Ebay as used anyway! It's brilliant. I use it for running too. I don't get water in my ears either (well, not the lasting, annoying type of water, which you wear earbuds to prevent). Try it!

Mamachoc, I would just try to do as much as you can as fast as you can in a 25 m workout. I bet each week you will manage to do a bit more. It's a faff with the hair drying etc in y our lunch hour but so worth it.

Pool tomorrow - hurray - at 6.30am - boo! Can't wait.

aristocat Fri 30-Dec-11 15:08:22

hi sybil i too was intrigued by your aquabeat, i just swim and swim. it has helped me lose weight but i still have more to go ......

i also found that for the first 12 months i didnt wear goggles but now cannot do without them, not sure if the chlorine has changed or my eyes have become more sensitive hmm any ideas?

my DCs are a little older 9 and 7yo but sadly dont have the same passion for swimming that i do. we go and swim/splash/play in rapids too .... cannot wait until tuesday when they are back at school and i can swim properly again!

also in January the pool is so busy with new people joining (obv a NY resolution to get-keep fit), sadly they disappear after a few weeks/months and we have the same faces - is this the same at your pool?

watersign76 Sat 31-Dec-11 17:31:33

Thanks sybil that all sounds good. Will have a look at the aquabeat - thanks smile

Mama I am no fitness teacher/expert, but when I swam as a kid (used to train 4 or 5 times a week) we used to do sets of strokes. When I swim now I still do a bit of that so I can keep track so; 4 crawl, 4 breast, 4 back then rest and do again and again. If you are looking to intensify in a short period what about intervals, so do some races against the clock in amongst the "sets"? I am still way slower than I used to be for 25m, but I enjoy the focus and want to get under 20 seconds. I find I have to mix it up or I get really bored...but an aquabeat (see above) might help with that!

Ifancyashandy Mon 02-Jan-12 23:15:26

Checking in! Regular swimmer here, do
40 x 25m 3 / 4 times a week, along with pilates and circuits but love the swimming!

Am very impressed by those of you doing 100 lengths plus!! How long did it take you to get to that level and how long does it take you to swim that distance? I'm bang on a minute per 50 metres (so 40 lengths takes 40 mins). I'm a goggle wearing breast stroker!

I also find it quite meditative - I count the length number I'm on constantly! So, 'one, one, one.....two, two, two....' etc! Anyone else?

May have to investigate the Aquabeats thingy!

bruffin England Mon 02-Jan-12 23:30:57

I do an advance swimming lesson a week but don't get a chance to really do much more. Ive been doing the lessons for 9 years but it's the same people and have lunch afterwards. I should really go earlier and do some more lengths before the lesson.

dustlandfairytale Mon 02-Jan-12 23:39:41

I swim about 4 times a week. I just swim to a time, usually 30 mins as I cant bear to count lengths and would rather use the time as thinking time. I think I am probably a bit odd but it works for me! I've been doing it for about 18 months and the improvement in my back pain and posture has been fantastic not to mention lack of bingo wings!

aristocat Tue 03-Jan-12 09:58:02

Just a quick hello to everyone and a Happy New Year smile

It was my birthday on Sunday and I asked for a new swim costume (how sad am I??) Just on my way out now to brave the wind and rain ......

Ifancyashandy Thu 05-Jan-12 19:32:57

Blimey, I swam with a float board today. Now, I swim 40 x 25 three to four times a week, no problem. But using a board? Oh. My. God! It killed my legs! And it's much more cardio. Exhausting!

Any tips?

MamaChocoholic Thu 05-Jan-12 19:54:08

I used to alternate a couple of leg only lengths followed by arm only. allowed me to really work on technique as well as muscles. then you put it all together and it feels like turbocharged swimming smile

<itching to get back in the pool>

posey Thu 05-Jan-12 20:10:42

How nice to see a swimming thread smile after all the running ones!
I always swam as a youngster, not speed but a lot of stamina, and did all the survival levels (so enjoyed swimming in pjs and through hoops under water etc)
Anyway dd who is now 14 and a club swimmer, encouraged me to get back in the water. So 3 years ago I took out swimming membership at the local pool and have kept it up, swimming 3 or sometimes 4 times a week.
I generally do around 30 minutes, and mainly breast and back stroke. I had 3 lessons which were included in my membership, and got them to teach me front crawl (I was taught to swim breaststroke, never crawl). So I do a bit of crawl but still find it quite tough to coordinate arms legs and breathing!
I also quite like using a float and working just legs for a few lengths.

Tomorrow is my first trip to the pool since Christmas. I don't expect it to be easy grin

bruffin England Thu 05-Jan-12 20:13:26

Went to my lesson yesterday, did 12 length warm up of 4 front crawl,4 backstroke and 4 breast. Then we did 2 lengths catch-up and 2 lengths one arm stretched out in front and the other one normal stroke followed by two lengths full stroke.
Then as the pool was empty I did 15 minutes of breaststroke

MrsHoarder Thu 05-Jan-12 20:39:02

Pregnant and trying to recover from the "utterly exahusted" 1st trimester I did a grand total of 14 laps (450m) this morning. In the slow lane, with about 1/3 being legs only with a float to give my arms a break.

Well its a good baseline...

Ifancyashandy Thu 05-Jan-12 21:04:25

mama how do you do arm only with a float confused <& thick emoticon>.

Do you put float between legs?

MamaChocoholic Thu 05-Jan-12 21:08:28

Ifancy, yes, indeed, between your legs. Or leave on the side and just trail your legs behind you till you come back to collect it smile

aristocat Thu 05-Jan-12 21:14:33

DCs have been back at school since Tuesday and I have resumed swimming! I do mine in batches of 10 lengths and then rest for a minute, another 10 & rest and so on up to 30 or 40L.
Our pool is also 25m but there is a Sauna and a Steam Room which I sometimes go in for 10mins or so afterwards.

Lovely to see all you swimmers smile Pool was very quiet this morning.

posey you will be fine, once you hit the water grin

Ifancyashandy Thu 05-Jan-12 22:34:50

Thanks! I'll try!

acsec Thu 05-Jan-12 22:41:06

The local pool recently closed and I don't drive so not been for a while sad However, a friend has said she will come and will drive us to another pool so I'll be back swimming next Tuesday. I only go once a week for 30mins but I walk 3+ miles a day and zumba and have noticed the difference not swimming (and not zumba-ing over Christmas has made!) Looking forward to being back in the pool!

juneybean Thu 05-Jan-12 22:45:37

I've started back swimming after new year, only managed 20 lengths last night, but going to try and improve each week!

Pannacotta Thu 05-Jan-12 22:47:11

I only swim once a week for 30 minutes and manage about 50 lengths in that time, though I quite often start daydreaming and lose count...

Can any of you recommend decent goggles which dont mist up/leak and a nice looking sporty swimming costume?

WhatsWrongWithYule Thu 05-Jan-12 23:05:12

What a coincidence! I went swimming for the first time in years today (apart from doing those irritating three-strokes-and-you-need-to-turn lengths on holiday). I really enjoyed it after the first few lengths, and managed 20 lengths (mainly breastroke) with not too many rests!
I've had an achey back for years and now diagnosed with arthritis in the hip. I'm determined to stop it progressing, even if I can't reverse the effects, so will try and go at least once a week as well as the gym.
I found it much less of a struggle than I expected, probably because my muscles are stronger from admittedly occasional gym visits, but also the postural work and stretching I've been doing.
I love the crawl, and I've been told I have a 'nice style,' but I'm so unfit I can only manage a few lengths. I suppose you do build up fitness quite quickly though, like with running, so will perservere.
I'd also like to hear recommendations for decent goggles, especially since I have ridiculously deep-set eyes, so there's always a gap around the sockets <squints >.

Ifancyashandy Thu 05-Jan-12 23:11:26

After much exhaustive - & expensive - goggle research, I'm currently using Zogg Predators. Cost £25 which I was a bit hmm about but they don't appear to mist or leak. So far... (only about a month old).

Ifancyashandy Thu 05-Jan-12 23:13:13

But they do leave ver attractive imprints around my eyes!

aristocat Thu 05-Jan-12 23:18:34

My goggles are these from Argos and they work fine for me, they are grey not blue like the picture and come in a snazzy bag smile

Pannacotta Fri 06-Jan-12 09:10:58

Thanks for the goggle suggtestions, my DH teases me as I have tried about 6 pairs and none of them are right so far!

glasscompletelybroken Mon 09-Jan-12 16:15:47

I swim once a week - 30 lengths of 33m pool. I hate it though as I am so bad at it but go anyway as it's good for me and I know I will still be able to do it when I'm really old! Does that disqualify me from a swimming thread? I would like to get better but it's not going to happen as I won't (under any circumstances) put my head under the water!

Ifancyashandy Mon 09-Jan-12 17:00:24

Nooo - all swimmers welcome here! Bloody good going, doing something weekly that you hate!

What is is about the head / water combo that you don't like?

WhatsWrongWithYule Mon 09-Jan-12 17:39:32

Forgot about this thread. See how smug I was last Thursday, with my first proper swim in donkey's years.

I stiffened up like an old lady even more than usual the next day, and am still struggling with the knock-on effects. Dreadful pain in lower back, stiffness everywhere else - added to the normal pain I have in neck and shoulder. sad

Scared to go back now - any suggestions?

glasscompletelybroken Mon 09-Jan-12 18:36:48

Ifancyashandy - it's claustrophobia, I can't put my head into anything!

Ifancyashandy Mon 09-Jan-12 19:08:06

Ah, bugger. Was going to suggest goggles but they probably wouldn't help, would they?

And whatswrong, try doing a stretch where you slightly bend you knees, link your fingers and hold your arms out in front of you in a 'round' shape, as if you were holding a big beach ball. Open your shoulder blades 'into' it. Might help?

yummytummy Mon 09-Jan-12 19:18:58

yay fellow water babes! i absolutely adore swimming and go twice a week. usually do an hour at a time of mainly front and back crawl. try to do fast lengths then slightly slower. does anyone have any ideas of how to burn more calories in the hour ie is there a number of lengths for each stroke which is more efficient?

also i find only speedo swimsuits withstand regular swimming, has anyone tried any other durable brands?

posey Mon 09-Jan-12 19:40:59

Yummytummy - in answer to your swimsuit question, I have had the same speedo costume for years, and I mean years, and am not good about rinsing it, and it is still going strong and to see through or baggy or anything. And dd, who is a club swimmer, is a definite Speedo fan. Just doesn't rate others makes the same.
Hope someone can answer your other questions smile

posey Mon 09-Jan-12 19:41:45

That should say not see through

bruffin England Mon 09-Jan-12 21:02:21

you can get good bargains from swimshop when they have a grab bag sale. The only choice you get is the size, but usually get a speedo for at least half price.

LolaLadybird Mon 09-Jan-12 22:00:11

A good timely thread as I am just trying to get back into swimming {waves to Aristo}. I was mostly running and cycling as the nearest pool is 20 mins drive away and it was easier to do something straight out of the door but I injured my ankle badly in the summer and am only now just able to start running very short distances.

I really need to lose some weight so I'm hoping swimming will provide the means to getting some proper exercise. I used to do a lot of competitive swimming as a child/teen so the technique is all there, I'm just v unfit. Went swimming on Saturday (with DH and DC's, took turns doing some proper swimming) and my shoulders really ached the next day which is a good sign.

The only way I'm going to be able to swim regularly is to have the discipline to go out again in the evenings once DH is home and DC's in bed so will need some virtual moral support to achieve this! smile

glasscompletelybroken Tue 10-Jan-12 09:04:30

Lola - why don't you sign up for the swimathon? It's much easier to be motivated with an actual end-goal.

LolaLadybird Tue 10-Jan-12 09:21:49

Haven't heard of the swimathon - tell me more .....!

Cristiane Tue 10-Jan-12 09:22:47

Hello, can I join

I swim for about 30-40 mins, aim to do three times a week, but since Christmas I have had two bugs - currently suffering from norovirus, along with the whole family... Grim.

DH bought me an aquabeat for Christmas and haven't had a chance to use it yet!

I do front crawl and alternate with breaststroke. lolaladybird I was also wondering how to make the exercise more efficient - do some kind of interval training etc?

See the floats at the end of the pool, never use them, so should I?
Also saw that zoggs sell things for putting on your hands to improve arm toning - has anyone tried them?

glasscompletelybroken Tue 10-Jan-12 09:38:01
LolaLadybird Tue 10-Jan-12 15:33:24

Thanks for that Glass - definite food for thought. The funny thing is I looked at the distances and thought 'oh I could swim a 5k' and then saw that it is 200 lengths of a 25m pool! shock

It also links to this site - I've not had time to browse but looks like it could have some good stuff including training plans etc.

Hi, I go through phases of swimming lots, then doing something else. Been getting back into it more frequently lately now that I can't bring myself to go out for a run in horrible weather grin.

I swim 90% crawl, for 40-60 mins, do 3km if I have a full hour to spend. Would highly recommend these goggles. I also felt desperate for a change from a speedo costume six months ago and got a crazy zoggs one that seems to standing up to the poor treatment I give it smile

Interval training is definitely the best way to maximise calorie burn (it has a big boost effect on metabolism after you finish your session) and improve speed and fitness. Swim one length as fast as you possibly can, then one at a pace that allows you to recover and do it again. I usually crawl fast length and breast or backstroke for recovery. Repeat for 10 minutes, up to 20 if you can.

Cristiane Tue 10-Jan-12 16:27:35

Thanks for the tips on the interval training - I will try that. I wish there was a couch to 5k version for swimming... I could listen to it on my aquabeat. Although clearly couldn't manage the 5k. Am tempted to sign up for the swimathon though, great idea to get motivated.

aristocat Tue 10-Jan-12 19:06:57

::waves back to Lola(my fellow book-worm)::
Wow, what alot of swimmers we have. Personally I am enjoying it more than ever ...... however the Pool was crazy yesterday, too many swimmers in the lanes sigh

TheGoddessBlossom Tue 10-Jan-12 19:20:31

Hi all. I am a keen swimmer but don't go as much as I go to the gym. When I do go I do about 50 lengths - 20 front crawl, 10 arms, 10 legs, 5 breaststroke, 5 srpint FC. I do love it, and have swum all my life since being in a swimming club as a kid. I also do the swim part of triathlons in a team once a yearish.

I bought an aquabeat about 3 years ago and don't use it now as the sound quality is rubbish, Is it better now? Can I bring myself to spend another £70 on a newer model?

posey Tue 10-Jan-12 19:29:43

Well now got 3 swims done (fri/sat/tues) and have been surprised how quiet the pool has been. Thought it would be busy with new year resolution swimmers but there seem to be even less than normal. Not that I'm complaining mind smile
First session back on Friday was hardish, but by today finding it much less of a struggle and rather enjoying it again!

aristocat Mon 16-Jan-12 14:05:38

posey My pool is usually quiet at lunchtime, v busy at 9ish.

I think I am going crazy too, I have upped my L to 40 last week and today I lost count blush so unsure whether I had swam 20 or 30. So I did 20 more and probably did 50 .......
I tried to do backstroke again today, but the dizziness is still there so I am just doing all breaststroke. Have had an MRI in Dec about my dizzy spells and still waiting for the results ::crosses fingers::

Cristiane Wed 18-Jan-12 16:07:23

Been off with norovirus etc

Ventured back in the pool yesterday - and tried my aquabeat for the first time

WOW! It was brilliant. 35 mins just flew by, love love love it. I went faster and much more out of breath than per Christmas. Really pleased. Legs like jelly on way back o the office though.

Did the interval training as suggested, it seems to work v well, sleepwhenidie, thanks for that tip

Cristiane Wed 18-Jan-12 16:08:17

goddess maybe the headphones on the aquabeat have improved?

slug Wed 18-Jan-12 16:27:42

Checking in.

I'm a regular lunchtime swimmer. I try to put in 1 Km a session and aim for 5 a week, but work commitments mean it's usually more like 4.

I use these for added water resistance. After 3 months of regular use my body size is the same, but I dropped on back size in my bra fitting. They are just the thing for the bingo wings.

TheGoddessBlossom Wed 18-Jan-12 16:36:01

Right well I am going to have to swim alot more now as I am doing the swim part of the shock absorber triathlon in June. Did it last year but would like to be nearer the front this year! grin

Piffpaffpoff Thu 19-Jan-12 23:02:49

Hello, can I join in? I'm just back from my first proper swim for ages (our local pool has been closed for refurb for about 3y). I did 50 x 25m, mostly breaststroke but a few front crawl. Pleasantly surprised actually, I managed that quite easily and I could have kept going but I had to be back home by a specific time.

I desperately need to tone up, lose some weight and get fitter. I do mountain biking and a bit of very slow running but am hoping swimming will help my upper body. So I'm aiming to go twice a week and 50 or 60 lengths a time.

I'll be interested to see how my arms/shoulders are tomorrow. They are feeling a bit stiff already so tomorrow should be interesting!!

Cristiane Fri 20-Jan-12 10:07:37

I think I may need to get some of those swimming paddles that you linked to above - I like the idea of toning my upper arms.

I tried putting a curvy float between my legs and swimming just using my arms but I don't think I did it right, it wasn't THAT hard... confused

Welcome, piffpaffpoff

aristocat Fri 20-Jan-12 13:43:09

Hi ladies ..... I am currently flopped on the sofa blush I have done 40L this week x 4 days and feel like a fish! Hope everyone has a great weekend smile

tyler80 Fri 20-Jan-12 14:11:04

I'm contemplating rejoining my old masters swim club. I gave up when we moved house as it was a bit further to travel and too much else to do. I'd hoped to find a club a bit closer but not managed yet.

I find I get a much better workout at coached sessions than trying to do my own thing in a public session

aristocat Wed 01-Feb-12 17:54:42

hello, hope we are all OK

aristocat Mon 05-Mar-12 23:31:54

Hi ladies, are we still swimming?

I currently swim 40L - my goal is to swim a mile but I have only recently upped to the 40 so it might take a few more months before that target smile

Still go 3 or 4 times a week ......

becclestown Sat 10-Mar-12 13:28:30

Hello! I'm watching the swimming on tv so felt inspired to go swimming on Mumsnet. I'm doing the Great North Swim 2 miler this year, so trying to swim more! Am adamant breaststroke-only but need to improve speed & stamina! Any top tips? Going to check out the paddle thingys.

becclestown Sat 10-Mar-12 13:32:15

Trying to do 30+l of 50m pool 3 times weekly. Not quite there due to laziness baby DC2, but will be unemployed soon so will have more motivation to leave house in evening...

<polishes silver lining>

aristocat Sat 10-Mar-12 15:48:46

Hi beccles envy at your 50m pool. mine is only a 25m, i believe your speed and stamina will just improve with every swim. Those on TV make it all seem so effortless, dont they? Yet I am exhausted after my swims and I have been doing this almost 2 yrs now ....

Hi can I join, I was just thinking of starting a 'where are all the swimmers thread' grin
I go swimming at a 30m pool. 3-4 times a week swimming 50+ lengths each time.
I love it! smile

aristocat Thu 26-Apr-12 14:45:04

Hi ladies ..... are we all swimming smile

It was fantastic today and there were only myself and a lady with DD in the whole pool to start with. Had the lane to myself!

pebbles77 Sun 29-Apr-12 17:52:02

I've just started. Have been on hols and swam for 40 mins every night after kids went down and joined a gym today with a 50m pool. I'm signed up to do the swim leg of a half ironman in sept - 1.9km.

I'm hoping to swim 3x a week. Tomorrow will be my first day and I just can't wait to see how I do and how much work I need to do to get my fitness up to scratch.

Am definitely going to invest in an mp3 player cos i do think it's boredom that stops me rather than not being able to keep going

Keep swimming everyone. Am so glad that I found this thread - very motivational

maples Sun 29-Apr-12 18:14:56

Me me!!

maples Sun 29-Apr-12 18:17:14

Just started swimming again after a long lull. I swam until I was 42 weeks with DS grin but then haven't swum since he was born (he's now 9 months!!) blush

Started slowly today with just 10 l but am hoping to get back up to 30 l x 3 per week smile

BestIsWest Sun 29-Apr-12 20:17:48

Hi, I was a regular swimmer up until 18 months ago, doing 60x25 crawl 2 or 3 times a week, did the Swimathon 2 years ago with a friend, each doing 100m. I used to love it but over time developed an allergy to chlorine. I'd start sneezing within 5 mins of leaving the pool and by the next day I'd feel as if I had a full blown cold. I did try nose clips but didn't really like them. Anyone else had this and got any tips?

Hello, I only manage once a week due to time, work, DS etc! I get half hour in the pool an usually do 30-35 lengths which takes about 20 minutes and then have a chilled swim for 10 minutes.

I usually do 2xFC, 2xBrS, 2xBaS 4XFC, 2XBrS and repeat it.

aristocat Sun 29-Apr-12 22:20:00

Welcome fellow swimmers smile

Best i dont have a chlorine allergy but I do need to wear goggles as it makes my eyes sore. Its not too kind to my skin either ...... need soooooo much body moisturiser afterwards.

Was it the swimathon this weekend?

pebbles77 Mon 30-Apr-12 11:07:49

Well first swim in and I just loved it. I managed to swim 2km (40 lengths of 50m pool) - and I think i'm going to die smile I'm chuffed to bits but not looking forward to feeling it tomorrow!!!

I agree with the body moisturiser, if I don't my skin literally peels off sad

maples Mon 30-Apr-12 12:16:54

Well done pebbles smile impressed!! envy

I'm going to go again tomorrow just for a baby swim and then try to do some lengths on Wednesday aft.

TalkinPeace2 Wed 02-May-12 22:35:33

Phew, there ARE other people who always smell of Chlorine too.
Working lots at the moment so only 3 miles a week
normally 5 - in an outdoor pool so rather excellent tan :-)

aristocat Wed 02-May-12 22:57:52

envy at outdoor pool .... you cant be in the UK? Talkin

pebbles77 Thu 03-May-12 10:35:13

Kids have been ill all week so haven't been able to go for another swim but hoping to go this weekend - fingers crossed

TalkinPeace2 Thu 03-May-12 14:29:02

Lots of year round outdoor pools in the UK. Private club. Heated to 28 degrees, 5 lanes, 20m long. Bliss. did 3/4 mile before work today.

aristocat Thu 03-May-12 16:30:52

Sounds brilliant Talkin I have been swimming as usual, but today DCs came with me (school closed for elections) and we had a super time together.
We also went to PizzaHut grin

Ivytheterrible Tue 08-May-12 21:10:04

Another swimmer here!

I'm a club masters swimmer and train around 4 nights a week doing around 3k each night and also compete. I Don't count the lengths!

Any other competitive mums out there? Am also a qualified asa teacher and coach if anyone wants tips I might be able to help wink

Hi Ivy...just out of curiosity, I don't have time in the evenings/weekends to commit to a club and therefore compete, but how fast is average for the swimmers you compete with not that I am at all competitive, honest grin

dotty2 Mon 21-May-12 12:22:39

(Nervous as not really a proper swimmer.) I try and swim once a week and usually do 30 - 40 x25m. I'm pretty slow - can overtake the heads-on chatting types in the slow lane, but often feel I'm holding people up in the medium lanes. I love it when it's quiet, find it a bit stressful when it's busy. But it's good for my slightly dodgy knee (I also run 2 - 3 times a week and am a stone or two overweight).

I would really like to improve my strokes. Do a decent breaststroke, and think back is OK but am too nervous to do it unless pool is really quiet as I sometimes go slightly askew. But I cannot crawl for toffee. Have looked at videos etc on internet, and have watched DDs having their lessons intently, but can't work out what I'm doing wrong. Am very envious of a friend living in Australia where they do stroke correction classes for people like me. Has anyone tried having coaching? There's someone locally who does adult swimming lessons, but it's all about helping nervous swimmers, and I'm not nervous, just inept. And much too scared to join a club as nowhere near fast or fit enough.

dotty2 Mon 21-May-12 16:44:28

(Just back from the pool) A random thought - does anyone else find that when a man wearing too much lynx or similar swims past you can kind of 'taste' it on the water? yuk.

TalkinPeace2 Mon 21-May-12 17:56:39

I swim head up breaststroke. A mile is 40 minutes. I can do backstroke but cannot do crawl at all (knee damage)
One of my fellow swimmers is a coach - she's always willing to tweak us a bit.

Ah yes, the smelly men.
Wait till summer and the whole surface of the pool has a sheen of sun lotion. Blech.

dotty2 Tue 22-May-12 10:35:46

Hi Talkin - you are much faster than me. I can do 1k in 35 minutes on a good day. Would love to speed up a bit and a bit of tweaking of my technique might be a start. Think might pluck up courage to phone a swimming teacher I know of who does nervous children and see if she might do a few lessons for me.

Sun lotion - yuk.

aristocat Tue 22-May-12 15:02:11

Lovely to see we are still swimming, I do 1km in 30 mins. The pool was stupidly busy today hmm

TalkinPeace2 Tue 22-May-12 15:03:05

I'll swim this afternoon and work on my tan ....

frownyface Tue 22-May-12 15:31:35

I swim twice a week but I dont do anything resembling a stroke, and reading about all you lot with your alternate strokes is making me rather jealous!
I kind of do what my husband descibes as a posh doggy paddle but I stretch my arms out quite a bit, im an amputee and I find I cant time breaststroke properly at all. I cant breathe properly for front crawl and Im not confident doing anything apart from my doggy paddle really. I am going to buy a pool bouy to see if that helps and its my birthday in July so I might ask for some cash for lessons with our hunky personal trainer smile I feel so good after a swim it makes me feel joyfull smile

frownyface Tue 22-May-12 15:32:21

*pull buoy even!

TalkinPeace2 Tue 22-May-12 20:09:13

one of our regular swimming ladies has had a stroke so does a splendid one sided backstroke with diagonal kick
another has some spectacular scars from a car crash
the main thing is to do a stroke that works for you and to make sure that for at least ten minutes you are too out of breath to talk while swimming
THEN you will be building up the cardio strength

My swim was wonderful this afternoon - shared a lane with one other person, did my mile in 42 minutes and got my strap marks altered for summer....

millymae Tue 22-May-12 20:38:11

Sticking my toe in the water here - I swim early in the morning 3 or 4 times a week. The pool opens at 7.00am so I go before OH leaves for work. There's no way I could do 40 or 50 lengths in one go - 20 of a 25m metre pool is the most I can manage. My breast stroke is fine and I'm told my front crawl looks OK but anymore than 5 lengths of that and my lungs feel fit to burst. I couldn't swim without my goggles and in the pool I go to I'm definitely in the minority as I wear a hat.

TalkinPeace2 Tue 22-May-12 20:41:10

When I started my limit was 30 in total and 10 without stopping and I was SLOW
but I've built up over the years.
Time yourself for 10 lengths - and work on THAT time.
TRY to get a teeny bit out of breath and when you feel utterly puffed do two more.
The stamina builds up surpisingly fast :-)

dotty you swim 30-40 lengths-of course you are a proper swimmer! smile

What is your difficulty with crawl? I'm not a swimming teacher but if I can offer any ideas to help I will try...or I'm sure more knowledgeable posters will also chip in. For what it's worth I think that people who struggle with crawl usually haven't mastered the breathing - I think it is common to hold breath, which leads to getting out of puff, but you should be breathing continuously, if your face is in the water breathe a steady stream of bubbles the whole time - try practising holding the edge of the pool. Take a breath, head in and calmly blow bubbles out for a count of 3 beats (strokes) then turn (not a big lift) your head to the side, out of the water and take a good, but not huge, breath in, repeat. Concentrate on getting this steady and calm whilst swimming, rather than going flat out pace.

dotty2 Thu 24-May-12 10:01:00

SleepwhenIdie - thank you for that!

Umm, well my first problem with crawl is that I move my arms and legs but just don't seem to get any momentum. I'm slower when I do arms and legs than when I just do legs only with a float, so I must be doing something wrong. It also makes me feel anxious and panicky which might be that I haven't sorted the breathing properly. I try to breathe with every right arm stroke, but I know some people recommend breathing on 3. I have no problem breathing out in the water when I do breast stroke, so I think it's about confidence. I'm also a bit confused about how to move your arm through the water. Little finger up or down? Elbow out or close to the body? I'd love to be able to do it, so any tips would be great. Thank you.

TalkinPeace2 Thu 24-May-12 18:52:40
dotty2 Mon 28-May-12 09:29:09

Talkinpeace - thanks. I like it. In fact am finding it very calming and could sit and watch Mr Smooth for the rest of the morning (bit busy/stressed out just now). He's got his hands flat! What's all this 'pinky up' nonsense, then? (A tip I found on LiveStrong.)

BsshBossh Sat 23-Jun-12 19:50:55

Hello, dipping my toe in this thread as I have a stone to lose and want to take up swimming again after a 20+ year absence. Have any of you actually lost weight swimming. I found with running that, with a healthy diet, I lost loads of weight but with the wet weather I want to shift the final stone via swimming as I used to love it.

KatyTuncer Mon 25-Jun-12 17:24:28

Open water swimming is the new marathon running I heard.

BsshBossh Mon 25-Jun-12 21:54:38

Well I ventured out to the local pool at lunch time. No idea how many lengths I did - probably 10 lengths in 30 mins blush but it's a start grin. I loved it. My main stroke is breast but I did a few Back and Front. I was out of breath and wobbly afterwards which is good and I'm beginning to feel a bit sore now. Hope to go again at least once this week. Next week I'll aim for 3 sessions. I'm lucky where I live because there are three pools near me so I will try each one in turn.

Hope everyone is still swimming?

fatlazymummy Thu 28-Jun-12 09:25:23

Hi everyone, I'm a regular swimmer here.
BssBossh I have lost over 4 stones, with swimming as my main form of exercise. I believe swimming is great exercise, it is cardio and resistance combined. It really has helped me to tone up, my stomach is much flatter than it was and my arms and shoulders are showing much better definition .The only thing to remember is not to snack too much afterwards. Swimming does make you hungry.
I try to swim 3 times a week, 60 lenghths a time [1.5ks], breast and backstroke [I can't do freestyle]. unfortunately my nearest pool has closed and it is hard to swim properly in my replacement pool [no lanes], so I really just have to turn up and hope for the best!

fatlazymummy Thu 28-Jun-12 14:13:40

Yay, I have just swum 70 lengths/1750 metres in 62 minutes [approx]. I cannot believe how far I have come in 9 months. When I first restarted swimming I could only manage 20 lengths. Today I'm sure I could have managed a lot more if not for time constraints.

EssieW Thu 28-Jun-12 14:28:40

Another swimmer here - just got back into it after a couple of years when children small. Front crawl mostly and I do a mile in 40 minutes.

BsshBossh Fri 29-Jun-12 16:51:26

Well, I managed 30 lengths breaststroke in 30 minutes yesterday and fell amazing! I didn't want to snack afterwards - I rarely do with exercise, which is strange - and was filled with energy. I'll try and go tomorrow morning again. I love how, unlike running, I can keep on going despite being a bit breathless as my joints and muscles don't hurt in the water. That's only got to be good for building stamina.

zippy539 Wed 04-Jul-12 23:46:32

Great to find this thread (and possibly kill it!). After years of trying to run with little success I've recently discovered that I LOVE swimming. I started doing twenty minutes 5x a week and I'm now up to thirty mins each session (I do 2xbreaststroke, 2xcrawl, 2x backstroke - repeat ad infinitum). Ultimately I'm aiming for 50 mins swimming session to cover around 1.5k (followed by a record breaking 7 minutes to shower, shampoo, condition, dry, dress, apply slap, dry hair, cycle to school in time for pick up). I think the second half of that equation is going to be more challenging than the first.

I have a v low boredom threshold so I use a finis MP3 player to keep me company. But when I listen to music I tend to injure myself by swimming too fast (I have a slightly ropey shoulder) so now I've started to listen to speech podcasts while I plow up and down at a slightly more leisurely rate. I'm also using a float so I can give my shoulder a break on alternate laps by just using my legs.

I'm currently two stone overweight so I'm curious to find out whether others have found swimming good for weight-loss.

BsshBossh Sat 07-Jul-12 20:24:50

Hi Zippy. Someone upthread has commented on losing 4 stones. I've only been swimming for two weeks (used to swim loads as a child and teen though) and can already see my figure trimming up nicely. My tummy in particular! I am watching what I eat though.

tyler80 Sun 08-Jul-12 10:58:21

Six months later I'm still contemplating rejoining my old club. But trying to summon up the courage as I'm so unfit compared to when I left. I'd hoped to do some swimming on my own before joining to get back up to speed a littl but the timetables are impossible for me around here. I've got quite a few pools to choose from but they all seem to operate on the same timetable, really irritating.

BsshBossh Sun 08-Jul-12 13:04:54

Tyler, what are typical opening times? Ours all seem to open at 7am and close at 9 or 10pm so I am able to find suitable times within that. I go different times on different days depending on work/DH/DD schedules.

isw Sun 08-Jul-12 13:22:46

Just saying hello, I used to swim loads but now "swim" loads with dd and can never seem to face going back to the pool to swim myself if you know what I mean. However, am recovering from broken ribs and extensive soft tissue damage so think swimming is the way forward esp as now have a 50m nearby. Am going to aim for 10 lengths. Wish me luck!

tyler80 Sun 08-Jul-12 13:53:25

Ours don't open until 7.30am (I start work at 8), later at weekends. Close at 4pm at weekends, and seem to be clubs/water aerobics etc. from 6pm onwards in the week. No more than 2 lanes ever.

BsshBossh Wed 11-Jul-12 20:21:18

Well, I've been swimming regularly for two weeks now. I love it. Am focussing on building stamina so still on 30 lengths in 30 minutes but I've noticed that once I pass the 20 minute mark I kind of enter a zone where I could swim on and on and on. It's only time constraints that prevent me swimming more than 30 minutes at a time. I think I'll aim for one weekend long swim a week - say 45 mins to begin with... Oh God I love love love swimming. So glad I gave up running as I never enjoyed it and it hurt my joints.

fatlazymummy Sat 14-Jul-12 12:02:04

BsshBossh welcome to the zone! I get that as well, it's great.
Unfortunately I only have 2 more swims before the summer holidays [I am unable to swim then due to various reasons, hopefully I will get 2 good ones.

aristocat Sat 21-Jul-12 20:11:02

hi ladies ........... sorry I lost the thread blush I am still swimming away - usually 4 times a week and 40L which takes me 30mins.

I have also lost 4 stones in the last 2 yrs due to eating less and ( I believe) my swimming. 2years ago, I started swimming 20L and gradually built up from there.
I would like to swim a KM instead of a mile but I am happy with what I do now and with the school holidays coming I will be taking my DCs regularly. I am determined to do 'real' swimming with them and not just messing sbout!

aristocat Sat 21-Jul-12 20:13:15

Oh yes 'the zone' BsshBossh I get that too! You just sort of get into a routine and feel like you could swim forever smile

BsshBossh Tue 31-Jul-12 20:19:49

aristocat that's amazing weight loss. After just one week of swimming my DH and I both noticed how much tauter I was looking. My legs and tummy in particular have completely toned up and reduced in inches. Six weeks in and also eating better, I've lost 18lbs. I've lost much more and firmed up more by swimming compared to when I was running. Easier on my old joints too!

aristocat Wed 01-Aug-12 22:09:07

watching the Olympic swimmers and wish I could be 1/2 as good as they are sigh

drxerox Thu 02-Aug-12 18:36:49

Hi all, great to see a swimming thread. I belong to a gym, and have gone regularly, but thought, as we're lucky enough to have an outside pool, that I should try serious swimming instead. It's only 10m long and I've been doing 100 length sessions in 40 minutes (breast stroke/crawl). I feel great - even though the water is cold - and I'm going to try and keep doing it as long as possible this year. Today I was swimming in the pouring rain, which was lovely. Has anyone managed to swim all through the year in an unheated pool?

Maia290 Fri 03-Aug-12 22:49:01

Lovely to see all these messages about swimming.
I used to swim on/off, I also swam during the pregnancy I found really good speacially towards the end of the pregnancy, it was a relief to be floating and not feeling so heavy.
My baby is now 14 months old, I would love to go back swimming, but I am not sure how to manage my time, also working full time. I just need to get organised I guess.

Ummaummaumma Fri 03-Aug-12 23:12:24

Can I join the swimmers although technically I won't be swimming properly again until after the summer holiday?
I love swimming and try to go 3 times a week term time. When I'm up to speed I do 40 x 25m, 10 breast, 20 crawl and 10 legs only. I have phases of swimming but have developed v big shoulders, have I been doing something wrong? Lots of other regulars I know don't look so hench!

BsshBossh Fri 17-Aug-12 20:04:05

Okay, have had an enforced break from swimming recently due to 1. Going on holiday, 2. DD being on school holiday, 3. Skin issue (not related to swimming). Will start again when DD starts school. Can't wait!

fatlazymummy Mon 10-Sep-12 13:46:11

Yes! I had my 1st swim for 7 weeks, [due to the summer holidays]. It felt awesome. I thought it would be really hard work, but it wasn't at all. My cardio wasn't quite as good but my strokes actually felt more powerful [I have been working with dumbbells during the holidays].
Unfortunately the pool I have been using is due to close soon so will probably have to stop for a while. It is very frustrating.

shukes Tue 25-Sep-12 20:12:06

Hello ladies! Am I the only bloke on here? Maybe the title 'Mumsnet' should have given me a clue! I'm 72. Once upon a time I was a competitive swimmer, but I've done no real exercise for the better part of 50 years! My 32 year old son has recently started competing in triathlons, and back in May of this year he asked if I fancied going down to our local pool for a swim. I managed about 20 lengths (25 meter pool) before I felt tired. I enjoyed it, and I started going fairly regularly. I now swim 6 days a week and I swim a regular 40 lengths in 5 sets of 8 (with about 45 seconds recovery time between sets) - all on front crawl. I've now got my time down to below 30 minutes and I'm working on changing to 4 sets of 10 and then. . . . . . .Who knows? I'm loving it and occasionally I venture into the 'fast lane' when there's noone about!

aristocat Fri 05-Oct-12 21:50:18

Hurrah! I had lost our thread, lovely to see everyone swimming.

TalkinPeace2 Sat 06-Oct-12 19:48:44

Silly arses that run my gym are planning to close the outdoor pool for December.
Lots of lunchtime swims need to get a tan to last till new year.

legspinner Tue 09-Oct-12 00:40:02

Waves to aristo - can I join you all on the swimmers thread? Hi to you all.

I took up swimming again when my youngest DC was a baby (8 years ago!) and since then have swum 2-3 times a week and love it. I haven't lost weight with it, but am quite fit now and swim around 2 km each time. My swimming has really improved since I joined an adult swimfit class 2 years ago. I am now addicted to it although it's really hard work (we do between 2.5 and 2.8 km). That has led me to open water swimming which is way out of my comfort zone and really's spring here and we are wondering when to venture into the sea again!

umm DH's cousin did a lot of competitive swimming and she still has amazing shoulders. When she swam she was so hunched over that her brother and sister had to straighten her shoulders out whilst she lay on the floor! Do you do butterfly as well? Or perhaps you are naturally big-shouldered!

aristo weren't the olympic swimmers fabulous - I am sure they are a different species.

Off to take my DCs today (it's school holidays here) now that they are older I can do lengths and if they want to they can swim with me.

Keep up the good work everyone....

Ros1979 Tue 09-Oct-12 16:34:16

Wondered if anyone can help me get a bit more motivated with my swimming. For the last few months I've been going once a week, and always swim 60 lengths of mainly front crawl, which takes me about 35 minutes. I'm getting a bit bored with it though, and not getting any faster, nor do I have the motivation to swim for longer. Anyone know of anywhere on t'internet I can get some swim plans to have a go at, to try and mix the sessions up a bit, so that I get motivated to swim for longer, and put a bit more effort it?
I'm primarily a runner, so don't want to do more than one swim a week, but would be interested to see if I can get a bit 'better' at it!
Thank you.

millionlovesongslater Tue 09-Oct-12 16:36:16

I'm a regular swimmer too.

I swim six days a week, about 2 miles every time. I love swimming so much. Need a new swimsuit though because mine's a bit worn out and practically threadbare around my arse and tits

millionlovesongslater Tue 09-Oct-12 16:37:25

@Ros1979 Have a look at swimfit:

Maybe setting yourself challenges and goals to make swimming more exciting and fun for you?

Ros1979 Wed 10-Oct-12 13:47:59

Hello, Thank you for the swimfit website - looks like just what I'm after. Have set myself up with a profile on it, and will be going to the baths tomorrow armed with a training session to complete. Cheated a little bit, by entering my last 2 swims, so that it sort of caught up with how much I usually do, but I'm already feeling more motivated about trying something a bit more pushing - got to do 70 lengths tomorrow. Will let you know how i get on!

Thanks again.

legspinner Wed 10-Oct-12 21:04:57

Hi Ros swimfit sounds really good, let us know how you go.

Also if you mix up freestyle with some drills (eg. kick, which I really hate, but make myself do it), and break up the freestyle by doing sets (eg. 6 lots of 100m, easy 100 / moderate 100 /fast 100 / repeat, with 15 secs in between each set), or trying a medley if you can do all 4 strokes, then you aren't just swimming up and down. Or go with a swim buddy to keep you going...

Our pool has workouts on laminated pages which have a lot of variety and mixed up strokes and speed, targeted to different levels, which you can keep on the end of the pool - do yours have anything like that? (Mind you they are quite hard to decipher unless you know all the acronyms.) Good luck..

Ros1979 Wed 10-Oct-12 21:24:01

Had a bit of a false start - left it late to book the leisure centre creche, as was waiting to see which day my parents were going to visit. Anyway, called this afternoon to book tomorrow and it's full, so will be starting next week! Thanks for extra tips legspinner - I've not done drills for years (was never a club speed swimmer, but did synchronised swimming, and we used to do them there as a warm-up) - good to give myself a bit more of a challenge.

lalabaloo Fri 12-Oct-12 14:12:16

Hi, I am looking to get into swimming regularly, I love swimming but I get bored after a while. I would love to swim with music, can anyone recommend some good waterproof headphones? They have to be extremely good at keeping water out of your ears as I can't get water in my ears for health reasons.

Ros1979 Fri 19-Oct-12 14:28:42

Right, finally got going with the drill that the swimfit page suggested, and found it really motivating. Did 10 more laps than usual, and felt like it was a proper work out. Only problem was that I left my float at the leisure centre creche when I went to pick up my dd afterwards, doh! Have booked creche next week already to try the next step in my 'programme', thanks for the recommendation.

Lalabaloo - no idea whether swimming head phones exist. Sorry!

TalkinPeace2 Fri 19-Oct-12 18:19:28

various friends have ipod ones that they then put the rubber flexible earplug stuff on the back of

I swim outdoors so like listening to the birds

makeoneuplater Mon 29-Oct-12 11:27:15

If anyone need regular support and commitment (don't we all) there is a Master squad that swims regularly at The Walnuts on a Monday and Thursday evening with Orpington Ojays. It is a mixed group, all abilities and there is a great coach Nick. Their website is If you need more information email

Good Luck!

BsshBossh Mon 03-Dec-12 22:12:22

Reviving the thread. Is everyone still swimming? I am absolutely loving it. I go three times a week - 40 lengths in 30/35 minutes breaststroke. My tummy has slimmed down loads, my upper arms are much more toned and I look much more toned overall. It's addictive and once I get close to 40 lengths I get into a zone and could easily swim more were it not for time constraints. I think I might make one of my three swims a long one - just make the time for it.

How are you doing?

I'm thinking of starting to swim again, to compliment my ice skating sessions that work my legs, I need to tone my arms.

I used to swim 2 x a week and was doing 30 x 25 metre lengths each session. Someone linked to Swimathon, and I might attempt the 1.5k one this April if I get back into it, and can up my lengths to 64 in time!

TalkinPeace2 Mon 07-Jan-13 22:33:10

Outside pool open again.
LOVED being out in the fresh air this morning.

Lollipop Yoga might be good for that.

BsshBossh Thu 10-Jan-13 22:41:04

LollipopViolet, breaststroke is doing wonders to my arms (especially the so-called bingo wings). I do 1300m a time - usually thrice a week though I've started doing more treadmill/stepper sessions recently.

PatsysPyjamas Sat 12-Jan-13 09:48:05

How intense is swim fit? My local pool has just started a session and I don' t know if I dare join. I'm a competent, fairly regular swimmer but only usually do breast stroke.

cocoachannel Sat 12-Jan-13 14:21:45

Hi everyone. Well after 30 odd years of hating swimming I've suddenly discovered how great it is. Decided to give it a go and my job means travelling to various places in London, carrying a laptop, lunch etc. so packing a gym kit on top was too much, but a swim suit can be easily tucked away (member of a chain of gyms which provide towels and toiletries!). I'm finding it really relaxing, but am quite time constrained so can only go for 20 to 30 minutes or so every time at the moment and am very slow!!

I'm going swimming tomorrow, even though getting out of my lovely warm bed will be hard haha.

I think what's helped is having told my friends I'm going, so I know if I don't, they'll be disappointed - we are all trying to get fit as the two of them are getting married in March grin

Hi everyone, recent convert to swimming with a few questions here. I recognise quite a few of you from the Couch to 5k threads a year or so back.

I had to give up running last spring when I developed a prolapse, which I had surgery for in Sept. So essentially I did no exercise apart from walking from May to December last year. I've decided to swim regularly now instead of running, but am quite rusty from years of not swimming. I am going three lunchtimes a week, so far the max I have managed is about 30 lengths in 30 mins, I need to improve technique and build stamina as I am now very unfit. 2 weeks in and I can feel the improvement, though, so far so good. I have spent years on the poolside of my DCs lessons and picked up a lot of useful info on technique there.

My questions are fairly trivial! What shampoos and conditioners do you all use? I am worried that all this swimming is going to completely trash my hair! Also is there any such thing as a hat that keeps out water without being excruciatingly tight? I tried one of the silicone ones and it not only let in water but gave me a splitting headache.

fatlazymummy Fri 25-Jan-13 17:19:32

I've just been back, after nearly 3 months off (not through choice). The pool was great,only serious swimmers in there so it was easy to do my lengths. I did 64 lengths (1600 metres) on Wednesday and the same again today. Feels great!

Thistledew Sun 03-Feb-13 20:08:59

Hello Swimmers

I have just taken up swimming again after many years- the last time I swam was over 10 years ago, and it was about 5 years previous to that, that I used to swim for my school.

At the moment I am swimming once a week and doing 30 lengths of a 25m pool. I am working at increasing the number of lengths I do without stopping.

I could do with some advice about water in my ears. From the first length my left ear fills up, and I often don't manage to clear it until some time after my swimming session. My right ear is fine.

Is this something worth speaking to my Doctor about? It feels horribly uncomfortable and I am a bit concerned re ear infections, especially as I have to walk 15 mins home in the cold after my swim. Any other suggestions?

TalkinPeace2 Fri 08-Feb-13 16:11:32

thistledew ear plugs - that is what DH does as he had the same problem.

Have switched back into a bikini for swimming so I get my tan lines in the right place for later in the year ....

WasabiPea Fri 08-Feb-13 22:33:13

Hi all!! Can I join in (late for everything as usual)! I really like this thread! I've just signed up to do the Swimathon, 5k, all by myself (billy no mates). I was always an ok swimmer at school but then bummed around for years, swam once a week or so before ds and then more since (he's now 3). I swim 3 times a week now, often swimming 2.5 or 3k and saw the ads for the swimathon. The challenges are for 1, 2.5 and 5k, so I figured I should do a 5k (as I know I can do a 2.5k). My mum and dh think I'm nuts!! Dh is worried that I'll neglect the housework in favour of training! Ok, he didn't actually SAY that, but I could sense that he was thinking it! Anyway, even though I regularly swim 100 lengths, 200 lengths is quite a lot more isn't it??!!

aristocat Mon 18-Feb-13 19:15:36

So nice to see everyone still swimming away smile I currently go 3 or 4 times a week and swim 40 without stopping.

Children are on half term this week so having a rest!

sybilfaulty Fri 22-Feb-13 10:31:50

Wasabi, I am going to do the swimathon too, but only 100 laps. I can do a mile easily and reckoned that mile and a half was enough of a challenge. I think 200 laps would take me forever. How long are you planning on taking? How much training do you need to do for that kind of distance? Serious respect to you.

Belugagrad Tue 26-Feb-13 13:46:03

Hello, been reading the thread and wanted to join!

I only swim once a week but I really enjoy it. Used to swim alot at uni and did a bit of open water and triathlon. Took a break but have now remembered how much I love it.

Been thinking about the swimathon aswell, for me 2.5km is a little easy, but 5km is just too hard, so not sure at the moment. Would be good to have something to aim for though. Swimming is so relaxing smile

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