Aging and Slower Times

I'm tying to understand what is happening with my swimming performance right now. I am (nearly) 57 years old and an avid masters swimmer with a solid competitive & college scholarship background. Right now my times are a fair amount slower than 5 years ago at age 52. For about 2.5 years, my training was not as intensive as in the previous years - but I was no couch potato either. But for the last 6 months I have been training hard again with a much better program. Yet my workout repeat times are not improving much at all, let alone approach repeat times of 5 years ago. Any thoughts on how I might explain such a slowdown, beyond just age?

Posted By Craig T. on December 28, 2009 at 15:07:30:

Helps strengthen the kneecap mechanism by applying pressure on the tendon above the kneecap as well. This tends to reduce the forces of the quadriceps on the patella tendon and erosion of the under surface of the kneecap due to a possible misalignment of the quadriceps (Q-angle).

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