(Just so you'll know all of these things
and won't be embarrassed to ask, and also so we won't be embarrassed when
you ask and we don't know the answers)
- ASCEND ...(timing for practice sets) each part of the set is a little
slower than the previous one -- the time ascends, or rises, for each part
- BUILD ...in practice, you swim each part of a set a little harder than
the previous part
- DESCEND ...(timing for practice sets) each part of the set is a little
faster than the previous one -- the time descends, or decreases, for each
- FINS ...(equipment for practices) gives the legs a good workout; fit
on your feet and come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the good old-fashioned
long ones work just as well as the short fins and monofins, although they
aren't as stylish and fashionable, and they cost a heck of a lot less
- HEAT SHEET ...at a meet, the list of competitors and which heat and lane
each is assigned to swim in for each of the events.
- INTERVAL ...an amount of time for each part of a practice set; doing 50's
on a 45-second interval means that you watch the clock and start to swim
another 50 every 45 seconds, regardless of how long it takes to actually
swim the distance.
- KICKBOARD ...(equipment for practices) a floating device that allows you
to practice your kicking without your face sinking; when you use it, hold
it at arm's length in front of you (it's not a small raft, so don't float
on it); your back tends to arch more than usual, so if you have back problems,
it's a toy you may not want to play with very much.
- KICK IN PLACE ...you get in the water that is deeper than you are tall and
then kick in a vertical position -- you kick hard and get a good workout,
but you never go anywhere.
- LMSC ...Local Masters Swimming Committee; a collection of Masters
clubs in a geographic area. San Carlos Merry Minnows is in the Florida
LMSC; on an entry form, write 14-FL.
- POSTAL ...a competition where either (1) you see how far you can swim
in a set amount of time -- in a one-hour postal, you see how far you can
swim in one hour; or (2) you see how long it takes you to swim a set distance
-- a 3000/6000 Postal means you see how long it takes you to swim either
3,000 or 6,000 yards. These are usually held at each club's practice pool
and the times are mailed to the sponsoring club.
- PULL ...you swim with only your arms and you don't kick
- PULL BUOY ...(equipment for practices) another floating device (see
kickboard); it allows you to pull, either with paddles or without,
and keep a somewhat streamlined body position where the legs don't sink;
place it between your legs just above the knees; doing turns at the end
of the pool takes some getting used to.
- SCULL ...one method of practicing where you use your hands and sometimes
arms like oars, sculling the water's surface; front scull, mid-scull, and
final scull are variations depending on where the hands are; sculling builds
a good feel for "catching" the water, which helps in the actual
- SEED TIME ...on meet entry forms, the time you estimate it will take you
to swim an event
- SET ...a group of exercises in a workout
- WARM DOWN ...easy swimming after an event or practice to loosen up and
prevent your muscles from tightening up on you
- WARM UP ...swimming to get the heart and muscles ready for the actual
practice or event