Cr@p Swimmers R Us

Swimming Support Thread

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31/08/2004 at 20:59
Following on from comments on the 'Swim Times' thread, I thought it might motivate me if I posted a thread about swimming. So here it is.

1. To swim 250m without stopping
2. To learn how to dive in properly
3. To learn to crawl
4. To get over the psychological damage of school swimming lessons (...eeek!)

1. Can 'do' breast stroke & back stroke

I have that triathlon in my sights!!

31/08/2004 at 21:18
Breast stroke?

Hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee .......

(Long story, for those that weren't at the B&B on Saturday!!)
31/08/2004 at 21:19
It's one of those where you really had to be there!!
31/08/2004 at 21:21
I knew you would pop up and ruin my thread, you rotter!!!!
31/08/2004 at 21:22
not much of a breaststroker myself surprisingly

or should that be beaststroker?

id actually love to be able to swim butterfly - its still an ambition

and having watched the swimming in Athens i may return to the pool as i reallly get a buzz from swimming that running just cant match at the moment
31/08/2004 at 22:27
This looks like a suitable home for me, given the thread title!

So Smitchie, what would you like me to do to him while I'm 'supporting' the Ballbuster?
sluggie    pirate
31/08/2004 at 23:01
Seriously now...Mr Sluggie was a cr@p swimmer till he tried the Total Immersion method (there's a website for it, and a book and video). He turned himself into a reasonable swimmer, keeping up with the field in open-water triathlons. Lots of tedious exercises, but it really seened to work
31/08/2004 at 23:37
Do people dive in properly at Triathlons? I thought I thought they fell in awkwardly and then started punching each other.
01/09/2004 at 00:04
I have no ambitions to be a beast stoker but you can put me down for this one anyway. Live a little I say.
01/09/2004 at 09:22
Me, me me me

count me in!

Cr*p swimmer of the year for three years consecutively in the well known magazine...
' Crap swimmer Monthly'.
01/09/2004 at 09:30
Yup, put me down for one of those - 100m is the most I can manage continuous, 2:15. At the end it's like an asthma attack on drugs.
Sod it, if I breaststroke the whole thing no-one will laugh. They'd better not.
01/09/2004 at 09:34

Hold on!! Where's Smitch's initial post gone?
01/09/2004 at 09:47
Hello, my name is Jose and I am a breaststroker.

I ocassionally do the crawl (pub crawl too).

Did 1,500 mts last Sunday on my firts olympic tri in 46 minutes, 35 of them breast stroking, the rest... "free style"
01/09/2004 at 09:50
I am definitely in! Did my 1st tri july - all 400m breastroke! And I am sloooow!
01/09/2004 at 09:51
I'm a carp swimmer - any help welcome!!
01/09/2004 at 09:51
I can crawl slower than most people breaststroke. (23 mins for 750m in a tri, and that was when I was swimming twice a week).

Can I join too?
01/09/2004 at 09:55
I did a sprint Tri with a 750m swim, 6 weeks back, swimming entirely freestyle. I was soundly beaten by the other three people in my lane that were doing breast stroke all the way. Also, I completed my first Olympic Distance last weekend with a 1500m Open Water swim. I was dead last out of the water by some considerable distance so I deserve to be on this thread. I'm Cr*p at swimming.
WildWill    pirate
01/09/2004 at 10:00
[peeps into thread]
01/09/2004 at 11:42
blimey, am i glad that the sprint tri I did was only 400m swim, I'd still be there now....
01/09/2004 at 11:49
I agree with Sluggie.

Total Immersion can work wonders. I went from terrified, chlorine-guzzling inept fool-in-a-pool to 10km swimmer in just 18 months using TI.(well, my own version of it)

Am too ill-disciplined to follow any regime strictly, so combined TI ideas with watching the better swimmers in the pool and am at the stage now where am contemplating 10 mile+ open water swim next year.

If I can do this(and I am the world's least natural swimmer) any of you can.

Go for it!
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