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28/10/2004 at 14:07
The stroke counting is useful even if you're not too good on technique I think because it tends to make you stretch out each stroke and glide a bit more, which is supposed to be good technique.

Don't think I'd bother if I was still worried about survival from one of the pool to the other, but I've actually found it very useful. It's also been a useful benchmark for how my technique has improved - early attempts took over 40 strokes for a 33.3m pool, not I'm down to around 30.

Not sure about your pool Gavo, but a lot of them have lane sessions where you can swim with less chance of getting hit by kids etc
28/10/2004 at 16:52
I go in morning so there are lanes. XFR its a 25 metre pool I am in. Have goggles at home but not plucked up courage to wear them yet. I feel like my eyeballs will be sucked out!
28/10/2004 at 19:23
Fruity, I seem to hit the pool at the same time that the good kids are getting coaching. They get the lanes, which is fair enough. I think there are adult-only times but I haven't got to them yet.

When my lessons start in Jan, we'll have the lanes! I hope....
28/10/2004 at 20:47
Wabo - go for it, I wear my goggles and don't feel (too) stupid. Well, no more stupid than wearing them in the sauna.

Oh...hi Gavo
28/10/2004 at 22:16
I'm here for comic relief Smitch. Must send you that balaclava one of these days.

And no - I don't use it when robbing houses before you start.
29/10/2004 at 10:33
Just for stealing cars then, Gavo ;o)

Goggles in the sauna Smitch???
29/10/2004 at 12:35
wore goggles today! What a revelation! Everything seemed to work so much better!
8iron    pirate
29/10/2004 at 12:39
got to go from seriously crap swimmer to 2.5 miles by july. Has anyone got any websites or programmes they can advise on to build up stamina in the pool and also technique. Getting the lessons in next week too!!
29/10/2004 at 13:31
There've been quite a few links posted on this thread - have a look back.

Lessons should help with technique, after that I'm adopting the running approach of building up gradually.
02/11/2004 at 10:22
Hi all,
Spent an hour or so last night trying to follow the advice in this months runners world, by the end of it I do think it was making a difference, although was just doing a couple of lengths at a time concentrating on it(brains a bit week for more than 50m concentration at a time).

Think it might make a difference if I keep at it for a couple of weeks. Certainly felt better towards the end of the session and was definately faster.

Anyone else tried it yet.
03/11/2004 at 23:00
I have a problem with my shoulder at the moment, so have been advised not to swim for a bit :-(

I will be back though...
04/11/2004 at 09:05
Swimming has improved greatly, sinuses even with nose clip are a pain, was wondering if taking a Sinutab would help.
04/11/2004 at 14:01
Sorry to hear that Smitch - don't forget - Touching the Void on ch4 tonight at 9pm :o)
cougie    pirate
04/11/2004 at 14:04
OOOH - good heads up XFR - ta !!

Hope you get fixed soon Smitch.

WW - maybe two sinutabs - one for each nostril ? (I know, I'm no use)
04/11/2004 at 15:34
'Thwack' cheeky young whippersnapper.
8iron    pirate
04/11/2004 at 16:59
just came back from my first swim. Managed 64 lengths in a 25m pool. Had to stop a few times so did it in about 45 mins!! JRM mentioned that total immersion wasn't good for beginners (I have not swam properly for 20yrs!!)can you reccommend any good reads for beginners? Have a lesson booked for next wednesday, it must get easier!! Tell me it gets easier!!!!

Matt
cougie    pirate
04/11/2004 at 17:01
Ow !


(makes note to weight 8irons swim pants down with lead)

64 lengths !! I thought 12 meters was pretty darn good ! ;-)
8iron    pirate
04/11/2004 at 17:05
It wasn't continuous, believe me!! Need crawl lessons, or 4 lung implants!!
cougie    pirate
04/11/2004 at 17:13
8iron - apparently the Vitruvian 1/2 Ironman is in shallow water - so you're already fine for that. Just keep resting in between ! ;-)
8iron    pirate
04/11/2004 at 17:16
when is that? Would you recommend doing a couple of halves prior to July?
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