Name: Rebecca Friedlander
City and State: Denver, CO
Age Group: 40-44
Team Affiliation: CMS (Colorado Masters Swimming)
How long have you been swimming in Masters & why did you decide to join?
Hmmm…maybe 5-6 years now? At the time, I was working fulltime in fitness and the only place I could workout without anyone chasing me down with a phone was the pool. I realized how much I missed swimming on a team and competiting, so I joined a team shortly thereafter.
What kind of swimming background do you have? None at all, Age group, High School, College, International Competition, the Olympics?
Age group, scholastic, masters — all competitive.
Where do you swim and how often? Do you compete? If you do compete what are your favorite events to swim?
I swim all over the city and beyond seeking practices that are longer than an hour. Most weeks I get in 4-6 practices. My favorite events are long course (200 fly, 1500/800 free 400 IM) and open water races 5K and longer.
How does Swimming help you with your lifestyle (health, relationships, etc.)?
Swimming is the cornerstone of my life. It has taught me just about everything I know: setting and reaching goals, forming good discipline habits, cultivating patience, finding work/play/rest balance, and so much more. It’s introduced me to terrific people and places all over the world. And, swimming keeps me very healthy and in shape despite aging!
What do you do for a living out of the pool?
Full time freelance writer.
What do people (coworkers, friends) say when you tell them that you
are a masters swimmer?
So far everyone thinks it’s really cool and interesting and then they
ask a ton of questions.
How about swimming advocacy? Have you helped run or start a team? Are you involved with your LMSC? Do you have a blog or swimming website you’d like to share?
I am the self-proclaimed “swim evangelist.” My mission is to share swimming with as many people as I can as a way to give back to my sport because it’s given so much to me. I also do the COMSA quarterly newsetter, Master Splash, a swim blog (www.offthedeck.net) and volunteer when I can to help out anyway I can.
Anything else that you want to share? Have a great swimming story? Are you a record holder in your age group? Swimming tips?
Don’t even get me started here — I’m a writer after all!
A big thank you to Rebecca for sharing with us! If you’re interested in hearing more from Rebecca check out her blog at offthedeck.net.
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