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      Threw up after swimming...

      Today, I went swimming with the school, we were doing this life saving thingy, and for the warm up, we just did 6 lengths. Not much really, but it absolutely killed me, by 3 lengths I was tired out, by 4 I started to not be able to swim properly, by 5 I was almost drowning. But I kept going. I made the 6 lengths. I had cramp, I felt sick, I had a head ache, and I my lungs and stomach felt as if they were being crushed by the pressure of the water. I still had to do another 2 lengths for the actual life saving part. I could not handle it, but I kept going.

      Then, we all got changed, my legs were shaky and everything seemed heavier. I felt like I was going to throw up. I got out to the fresh air, with my heavy bag on my shoulder. And I KNEW I was about to throw up. I did throw up a beast.

      I have not thrown up in about 6 years.

      My question is, do you reckon it was because of the swimming (I hadn't swam much in ages, I used to be a very strong swimmer), or do you reckon it was just being ill? And the part where I started to actually started to feel ill was within about 10 minutes or less.

      I kinda want an excuse to get out of it next week... And I want to be able to say I was told the reason I was sick was because of the swimming.

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      i think it's because you're scottish. you shouldn't be swimming.

      also, don't eat before swimming. heh.
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      Hahaha.

      Well, I ate toast like an hour before it. And eating before swimming gives you cramp, not puke.

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      ok then. you may not have a good stroke, which means you aren't breathing properly and your muscles aren't working in the best way. i couldn't explain how to fix that over the internet, though.
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      Lol, ok, thanks.

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      I used to be a very good swimmer, and a few weeks ago I swam 20 lengths of the pool (25m). I got tired after the first 5 lol, but forced myself to continue and at the end I swam as fast as I could. When I got out I could barely walk, I was dizzy and light headed lol.

      Probably just not in good enough shape to do it, more practice grasshoppa.

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      I remember doing something like that in school...

      I felt like I was going to throw up, I never did though. My whole body was tingling and I felt very weak.

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      To put it simply, you just pushed yourself far to much. The activity you are doing really doesn't matter. You should of stopped on lap 4 or 5. Obviously pushing yourself until you feel like your going to drown, then doing another lap on top of it, is to much.

      It is all about knowing your limit. Honestly, you are probably just way out of shape. That is nothing to be ashamed up, happens to the best of them. When you start feeling like that, its time to just stop. If you feel better after 10-15 minutes, then you can go ahead. If you don't then maybe you are done for the day.

      Forcing yourself to do stuff your body can't handle however, is stupid. I think you should just do the 10 minutes or whatever you can handle then just stop. If you tell them thats all you got, that is all you got. No one is going to push you to do more.

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      Well it's just that when I was like 11 or 12 I could do 30 lengths with ease.

      So, I felt ashamed that I could only handle 4. So I kept going.

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      That is how it normally happens. People either push themself to keep up with a friend, or push themself because they got something to prove and they ignore their body.

      You were probably swimming all the time back then, and if you havn't done any recently, then that is normal.

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      alric has it right. to me throwing up is the sign of a great workout, but it's not the end of one. the best way to avoid throwing up next time is to pace yourself. when you want to push yourself go until you throw up as you did and once you're done in the bathroom come back for more.

      I used to swim competitively and it would happen every once and a while, the trick is to not give up. what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

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      Quote Originally Posted by gouldie View Post
      alric has it right. to me throwing up is the sign of a great workout, but it's not the end of one. the best way to avoid throwing up next time is to pace yourself. when you want to push yourself go until you throw up as you did and once you're done in the bathroom come back for more.

      I used to swim competitively and it would happen every once and a while, the trick is to not give up. what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
      Ha, I am not swimming competitively, and I don't particularly want to go through a lot of bother to become a strong swimmer. I didn't want to go swimming in the first place. Just remember this is only a stupid school thing.

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      Also remember that you use a different set of muscles when you swim than when you do other physical activity. It's a total body work-out (if done properly), and that my have been a shock to your system, especially with pushing yourself so hard. Exhaustion has made me feel sick before, as well as stress.

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      I threw up once after the fucktard coach made us, quite literally, swim 200 laps.
      I quit the swim team after that.

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      200 laps (down and back) or 200 lengths of the pool? How much time did you have to do this?

      If it was 200 lengths in a 25yd pool, that would be just under three miles. Not an awful workout for a competitive swimmer, but if it was at the beginning of the season I'd say it was a bit much.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Amethyst Star View Post
      200 laps (down and back) or 200 lengths of the pool? How much time did you have to do this?

      If it was 200 lengths in a 25yd pool, that would be just under three miles. Not an awful workout for a competitive swimmer, but if it was at the beginning of the season I'd say it was a bit much.
      200 laps. That was not all we did, but it took a good hour and 30 minutes. It was a very competitive team, When I was younger I used to be really good. I think I'm too long now.

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      I see. I had a couple of really crappy coaches, including one who made us swim when the pool was about 40-45 degrees. I don't know the exact temperature, but it was painful to swim in and not a temperature I got used to. After an hour or so he said we could end practice, but that was ridiculous.

      The pool owners bought a new boiler for the next year. They also bought a new filter. Swimming through swarms of dead bugs and leaves and junk wasn't much fun, either.

      I used to be able to swim non-stop (at a reasonable pace), though I wasn't a star swimmer. Now I can only do a few laps before I have to stop. I still love to swim, though.

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