Cr@p Swimmers R Us

Swimming Support Thread

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WildWill    pirate
02/04/2009 at 07:10
to day will be .... drills

02/04/2009 at 07:23

today will be - recovery swim, after my long bike ride. Took a day's leave today to get in a nice long ride.

We have our monthly tri club meeting tonight, there's a French cyclist coming to talk to us about TdF, should be interesting.

WildWill    pirate
02/04/2009 at 14:04
400m WU
2 x (
150m Catch Up
150m 1-armed
150m Finger tip
2 x (100m Fist Drill)
2 x 50m Warm down
02/04/2009 at 17:23

Nice, Will.

Off now myself for an easy little swim, cycled 90km today followed by a 5km run, that's enough training for a Thursday!

PSC    pirate
02/04/2009 at 18:30
that's enough training for a whole week   Good one UIW..
02/04/2009 at 23:55

ta PSC.  Keep up the good blogging... a good motivator for you I'm reckoning. 

03/04/2009 at 14:02


 Would anyone have the google map where all the open water locations are posted. I seem to recall having it bookmarked but cannot find it.

Thanks in advance,


WildWill    pirate
03/04/2009 at 15:47

05/04/2009 at 13:42
Thanks WW.
IronNina    pirate
06/04/2009 at 21:54
Well, I finally managed the distance, yippee!! Painfully slowly but I don't care: 3.8k in 1 hour 56 mins including stops for drinks, adjusting goggles, letting the fast ones past etc.
Sooo, within the cut-off for IMCH and that's after a rather painful duathlon yesterday. Well worth a couple of finest Belgian chocs me thinks
WildWill    pirate
07/04/2009 at 07:26
Well done Nina
07/04/2009 at 07:51

still struggling along with my swimming, must say I'm most impressed with some of the improvements here.

Someone told me last week to stop fighting the water, so I've tried to get back to basics a bit. I'd never paid much attention to the catch and pull - cos I didnt really understand what I should be doing. So I did a bit of youtube viewing.

Instead of sweeping an arm down towrads the bottom of teh pool. I'm now trying to catch and pull properly. The same fella that told me to stop fighting the water said my right arm is now good, but the left is still a problem - cos its my breathing side.

Hoepfully that will come together, but my elbow and the pull is all a bit sunken due to breathing.

Any top tips ?

Bi-lateral breathing isnt going to happen.

WildWill    pirate
07/04/2009 at 08:47

Slow things down ... dont try and swim faster ...aim to swim slow and with good technique ... I am not a fast swimmer - just a quick slow swimmer

Do Drills - work on the basics -.... improve your technique

Get to the pool as often as you can ... aim for at least 3 times per week for 30-60mins

As part of the drills do breathing drills - breath on the 2 then 3 then 4 ...5 ... 6... 7 ...6..5..4..3.2 that sort of thing and iam to do the even breathing on your week side
WildWill    pirate
07/04/2009 at 13:50
a short but worthwhile session today for me

I did 4 x 400m :1.30:RI

I managed to stay in the low 7:20s for each rep with the best being 7:21

Edited: 07/04/2009 at 13:50
07/04/2009 at 14:04
Crap Swimmers R Us?
WildWill    pirate
07/04/2009 at 15:33
The thread has been going some time ....

and some of us stick about to offer support ... and hope
07/04/2009 at 15:41

yes that's right. And some of us are still not that good!

But I have learned a whole lot about what not to do, so can give some tips now and again.


07/04/2009 at 17:57

What times did you start from Will to get down to 7.20 for 400m, and over what period?

I've been doing tri for a year and have managed to get down from 50ish secs per 25m to 40ish secs per 25m (on long swims). For a one-off 25m I can do 30secs. I think I've got to the point where any gains on swim times will lead to disproportionate losses on bike/run. I've accepted I'm a crap swimmer but seek to make my stroke as non-inefficient(?) and low-energy use as possible.

07/04/2009 at 19:42

Those Youtube swim tutorials are brilliant, because you can see the swimmer from under the water - where else can you see a swimmer's technique from underneath -

Did 40 lengths front crawl this afternoon.  Slow and steady mostly, with a few fast and furious in between, when I started to feel sleepy.  Don't know about others, but I could feel myself dozing off today... not a good combination - deep water and snoozing.      

07/04/2009 at 20:37
thanks will, I agree it works best when I try and swim slowly and correctly. But I'm not fast at the best of times.
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