About a decade after someone first suggested that I should join US Masters Swimming, I finally did. Originally it was because a local swim team required swimmers to be USMS members. I didn’t end up joining the team because the pool plus team fees were a bit more than I wanted to spend. But, since I was a member, I was eligible to participate in swim meets now.
I did my first swim meet as an adult in October. After that, I wanted to get faster for my next meet and see if I could be more efficient with my stroke. That let to me messing up my tricep trying to do EVF (early vertical forearm) and trying to push too hard with tricep instead of my deltoids. This led into some elbow issues. After physical therapy, I got a lot better about my form. I finished the year with a great meet in December.