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11/17/14 7:35 P

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Hello, welcome. I just saw this thread and have something to add...I am nearsighted too and I buy prescription goggles from swimoutlet: Sporti Antifog Positive Optical Goggle..just look at your glasses prescription for the number you need....and they are on sale for $8!

Maybe I need a pair, just in case, you know. I just need to order $41 worth of other stuff for free shipping. emoticon

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10/12/14 7:52 A

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Haha.... swimmers and their gear... "I see it, I want it"

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10/12/14 7:37 A

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Be careful about that swimoulet site. I went on there to get some new goggles and ended up with goggles AND a really sweet black and yellow tyr backpack. Hey I needed that, kinda

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10/11/14 6:51 P

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thanks. I'm severely nearsighted and can't see squat without my glasses.

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10/11/14 6:32 P

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Not that I know of, but if you go to www.swimoutlet.com and search for prescription goggles, there's a bunch to choose from.

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10/11/14 1:26 P

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Thanks for the tips all. I wear glasses. Are there goggles that can fit over glasses?

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10/9/14 9:24 P

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Hi Blue, and emoticon

I don't have much to add, except to say that $50 for 13 lessons is a steal. Lessons at my pool are $30 EACH! Still... I do understand a tight budget!

Otherwise, I second everything everyone else said...

(1) YouTube has great instructional videos, just search for "swimming instructions" or something like it and you'll pull up a zillion
(2) A good pair of goggles invaluable.
(3) Sight on the floor or the opposite wall to stay in a straight line when swimming without lane lines. Or the ceiling for backstroke if you're in an indoor pool (Ha, Carol!)
(4) Concentrate on proper technique and speed will come later.

And no, sorry, there is no way to count laps on Spark. I tried :-(

Good luck!

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10/9/14 6:39 P

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Hi BLUEJEDIBUBBLES and welcome!

Great advice from Heather and Carol. I swim open water so I can't add much on lane control but if no one is alongside, who cares? I have a surgically resected left hand and would swim in circles if I didn't think about it so I do understand your concern for doing that right. The crawl is probably the most challenging of strokes. If you make it a lap as a beginner you're doing well. Just aim for a few more strokes every time you'll be amazed how you ache so good getting out. Save the money on lessons at this point, go for some cardio development logging minutes and the lbs will go. You can develop "pretty" strokes later. Is the Significant Other" supportive? Have you visited the "Good Morning Swimmers" daily posts? There's a lot of support there, fitness and otherwise.

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10/9/14 10:38 A

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Oh, on the lane issue - are there any different colored tiles on the bottom in stripe form? Or a painted stripe? Usually most pools have a striping system or color coding on the bottom if they are designed for laps. If so, you true your body and spot the lines or color every so often. Back stroke is just a question of practice, but I'll still go sideways on back stroke without lanes.

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10/9/14 10:14 A

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I agree with Heather, don't worry about your speed as you start out, it will come over time. I also agree on the youtube videos.

I would suggest that you start with part of your routine being technique and part being just swimming. So start with focusing on one part of your swimming, say legs fully extended, knees not bent, core engaged and ankles relaxed. Just swim laps with that focus only. Do that for some set amount of time.

How long are your current swim sessions?

I always tell people starting out that the most important thing is how long you rest for, control that carefully and you'll get a lot further, a lot faster. So if you get to the end of the lane and you have to stop because you can't breathe, ask/challenge yourself to do one more length. When you do stop at the end, count to ten and start again.

The most important thing about swimming? Consistency. Get out there and do it as a routine, don't hang out at the end of the pool, swim. Even if it's slow and less than perfect.

The amazing thing about swimming? The look back. If you can stay consistent and work on your stroke, get to the point where you don't stop at the end of the lane but swim for a block of time, in six months you'll look back and be amazed at how far you've come.

And it will be amazing. We will be happy to be here for you through all of it too. We can encourage you, cajole you, whatever you need for support.

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10/9/14 8:08 A

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Hi and welcome!

Swimming is such great exercise, I hope you really enjoy it.

Counting laps - spark doesn't have lap counters as far as I know. The site tracks fitness minutes. You could probably set up some goals for yourself and make one of them lap oriented.

You can check out swimming videos on YouTube. A lot of folks here use those videos to improve and learn about strokes.

Hmmm, lane control. I've never experienced that problem because I think there are always lane markers when I swim laps. However, my thought there is that you have to watch the lane marker painted on the bottom of the pool. If you have your head down and goggles on, there's no real reason I can think of that you couldn't follow your painted line. Of course, that's only useful if your pool has painted lanes!

I've never found anything other than swimming to make me swim faster. I personally wouldn't worry too much about speed at this point but I'd focus on consistency of the workout and improving technique. That should speed you up. Proper technique is essential for going faster. Also weight training is a good idea to build muscle so your body is stronger and can go faster. Shoulder work and core work come to mind first.

Good luck with your swimming!!! Keep on swimming.........

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So....I joined the Y. at 420 pounds, I'm 20 pounds to "heavy" to use the cardio machines. They would like to see me at 380 (weight limit on the cardio machines is 400) before I add them into my workout routine. So..swimming it is.

Couple questions-

How do I track my time and number of laps on spark people? I know how to track time, but whats a good way to track the number of laps I do as well?

What are some good ways to improve my technique? I know the forward crawl and the back crawl. Barely. Enough to make it to one end of the pool and back. But I know it's poor.

How can I learn other swimming techniques? I know I *should* sign up for swim lessons but for adult swim lessons, that's $50 for 13 1/2 sessions and money is super duper tight right now.

How can I learn "lane" control? When I go swimming, they don't have the ropes up for the lanes yet (they don't put those out till the Jr/Sr High swim team practices start at 2:30) and I start in one lane and tend to "drift" while I swim and by the time I get to the other end of the pool, I've gone from lane 8 (next to the wall) to lane 5.

I already walk our dog Kiki 10-15 minutes a day and what's some good things I can do out of the pool to help improve my swimming speed? Remember-I'm 420 pounds with a bum knee, Plantar fasciitis in my right foot (been battling off and on for months now) and have a hard time getting up and down off the floor.

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