After swimming more than one million yards in 2014, Jim vowed to swim one million meters in 2015. One million meters is 622 miles, but Jim overshot his target and tallied 681 miles, almost 1.1 million meters. Given out of town travel demands, Jim was only able to swim for nine months last year. Resting two days each week, he had to average almost 3.5 miles on each of the other five days every swimming week of the year.
Jim resides in Redwood City, and is a career CFO for start-up companies. In addition to swimming and working his interests include raising and showing Bernese Mountain Dogs.
Masters swimming is adult swimming, for a broad range of abilities, competitive or not. Swimming is one of the best sports for fitness. Most swimmers feel good and look good, all the time. Not surprisingly, they have good mental discipline too. Most of them are so modest you wouldn't know how fit and talented they are. And swimming is good for all ages, from toddlers to folks in their 90's.
Many of the Rinconada swimmers are 64 or older, including one 97-year-old who has competed successfully for many years. Rinconada Masters coaches are Carol Macpherson and Kohei Asano.
Jim Levison after his workout (Photo credit George Young)