Masters Meets

I just began really learning strokes in July 2022. I am competitive (with myself) and want to establish some official times to help guide my training. 
I don’t want to totally embarrass myself at a meet. Are there slower swimmers at these meets? Like, 1:40 100 Fr slow? 

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  •   Here are five reasons to give it a try:

    This part is especially appropriate: 

    I’m not fast enough. Everyone is welcome at Masters meets, regardless of speed or ability, and regardless of age, body type, or fitness level! There are just as many high-fives and cheers for the slower heats as there are for the fastest swimmers. The Masters community is universally encouraging to newcomers, and is always delighted to see people try something they haven’t done before.  

  • Yep, I read this article but don’t entirely believe that last point. However, I’m coming from a long running background and am used to being ‘middle of the pack’. I’d settle for bottom quarter at this point for swimming. But dead last in every event might be demoralizing.

  • You will be amazed at the different levels of skill at any given swim meet!  Here in Georgia, a typical meet includes several regulars that rank in the top three in the world, as well as several regulars that look like they are going to drown before they get to the other end of the pool.  They all receive applause, and nobody seems to pay much attention about any of it, because they are all there to have fun, socialize, and swim.  

    Before my various physical issues, I used to be ranked in the top 30% in breaststroke, and I made National Qualifying Times until hip surgery in 2014.  In contrast to that, I also swim the 200 fly and rank in the bottom few each year.  Now, at age 60,I rank low in everything, because I can no longer race at 100% effort.  To get over feeling demoralized, I changed my mindset, and I tell myself this: Even at my slow speed, I swim better than the majority of adults in the world!  More than 1/3 of adults can't even swim the length of a pool.

    I also changed my focus from the clock to stroke technique.  My goal in each race is to swim with the best technique my body will allow during any given race.

    Just go out and have fun, and don't worry about embarrassing yourself.  Nobody will be paying any attention to you.  Really.

    Oh, another thing:  One way you can improve your swimming is by having somebody shoot some video and posting it here on the forums.  As you can see by the threads I posted asking for a critique of my strokes, I received some great suggestions!