I guess this post kinda relates to one posted by Hamlet_cat about busy lane swimming. Is Masters really all that benificial for those that are focused on Ironman?
The YMCA that I swim at just started a Masters program in the mornings and are offering it free for a month to get people interested. So I started going and it is just complete chaos. Nobody really knows how to swim (I am in this category as well) and all we do is bump in to each other and stand in the shallow end and figure out how to decipher the code that is the instructors workouts. I will say that I swam all last winter at another club with a long established masters program and it was more of the same. A 60 min Masters class and you are lucky to get 2,000 yds in.
I'm sure some of you swim in great lanes where everyone is in sync but from my experiences it just seems like a huge waste of time. I don't need the motivation to push myself hard so for me I can get a lot more done in less time. It is just stop and go and a bunch of different stokes that for me as strictly a triathlete I will never use. I guess the reason I am posting this is that I kinda feel like a quiter if I stop swimming with the group. Everyone everywhere says swim with a masters group, swim with a masters group and I just don't see the correlation with Ironman training. I know intervals and things like that are important and you can't just swim at one pace everytime you get in the pool but all I have seen at masters program is a lot of standing around and people swimming into peoples feet and having to stop mid lap or even worse 15 yards from the wall because you got 8 people in a lane.
I'm sure you all will have some pros/cons of masters so I would love to hear them because I feel for the my ROI I can be more productive on my own happily going about my business sans flipturns (of which in my opinion only 25% of masters swimmers actually do). Again I am just focused on Ironmans and not sprints where short fast swims where you are constantly bumping into people might make more sense. Thoughts??