…or, How I Became Both a Swimmer AND an Open Water Swimmer in My Late 50s

A friend recently asked me how I got started as a swimmer. She probably really meant, as an old person swimmer. She also asked a number of questions I thought other beginning swimmers might want answered.

Finishing my swim in Strawberry Reservoir with butterfly stroke. The yellow float is a New Wave swim buoy, used to make an open water swimmer more visible to boats.
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A friend of mind posted her experience on Facebook in reference to an earlier post she had since opted to delete. Apparently she had received a multitude of comments of the negative variety on the statement she had shared. (I don’t know what the original post was.) If I understood her correctly, not only were her feelings hurt by the replies, she was also upset that people had not taken time to understand what she was trying to communicate.

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(Something bizarre happened to WordPress since I was last here. Hopefully they’ll fix it or my blog will die.)

Explanation for this boring-looking post: From time to time I go searching the internet for shawl patterns to knit or crochet. Usually I have a specific idea in mind (such as a pattern that will match the amount of yarn I have), but I often run across other patterns I might want to try.

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