My common-law spouse has been encouraging me to go with her to swim laps at the UNO pool. My first time I managed 7 laps gasping for air after each length. Since then I have improved a bit, up to 15-18 laps usually 15. 18=half a mile. I have been wearing flouncy swim trunks and an OLD sport bra. The bulky trunks were not helping me out at all so I purchased a ladies one piece swim suit which no one will ever see me in except for the professor. It worked miracles today. I swam 18 laps in record time and felt much better in the water, my stroke felt better and I could have done more laps but my partner was finished so I was happy to stop. I sure hope I keep this up. The hardest part is getting to the gym.