So I took up swimming as an adult, and I've been at it I think about 7 years, now. COVID screwed it all up, I've not been the same since. That point notwithstanding, I am wondering if anyone anywhere near my age is able to do underwaters well? I'm 50. If I'm doing more than a 50, I just can't continue to do more than 2-3 before I need to breathe. Somewhat recently started training with a team. One of the coaches who jsut wrapped up his collegiate career was encouraging/pushing me on some fly reps, with reduced breathing. Was able to exceed his goal on the first rep. Second I met it. Then I was done.
Which has me wondering.....have I been selling myself short on 100's, 200's, etc. of free when I'm training? I've just assumed that, given my age, there is no way to improve on underwaters. I've tried, but just can't seem to. So I'm wondering.....is my inability a mental block, or am I just too old to be able to do it? The collegiate coach hasn't been around old guys, and he is a stellar athlete, so I'm not sure if his expectations are unrealistic, or I just lack teh confidence.
Anyone here able to knock out a decent number of underwaters on anything longer than a 50? Has anyone wokred on improving them, and if you did, how did you do that?