Cr@p Swimmers R Us

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Bedders..    pirate
20/05/2009 at 18:11
Just my opinion that's all
20/05/2009 at 20:48

And once again my post, which I thought was helpful to non OW swimmers, went un-noticed/ignored.

 Must be the way I write them or something!

Nam
20/05/2009 at 20:55
I just re-read it and it was basically a race report and the last line was pointing out the bleeding obvious.  I'm not quite sure what you were expecting?
20/05/2009 at 21:06

Hi all,

Haven't been on here much.  I am still a crap swimmer but getting better.  Xmas time I could swim one length and fail to complete the other 10 that I would start.  I just couldn't get the hang of it.   I have now manged to get up to 30 lengths, and am trying to reduce the time I spend between each length.  But like Nam, there is still the fear from time to time, but it is getting less.  It will be a while before I get confident enough to go into open water.  I am now aiming to do my first sprint tri sometime this summer, not sure where yet.

The point is, I have lurked on this thread, sometimes in awe of some of your achievements.  But it has motivated me to see you all progress and I find it very comforting to know that it is possible.  So do keep posting.

Back to lurking now, and edited for bad spelling/typing.

Edited: 20/05/2009 at 21:07
WildWill    pirate
20/05/2009 at 21:08
Well done Shiva .... realy good progress
Nam
20/05/2009 at 21:09

Well done Shiva!!!

It's not easy when fear is a big factor is it.  People think you should be able to tackle it with logic but sometimes that's not easy.  I think there is a big difference in people who simply have to learn a new skill versus people who have to overcome phobias as well as learn a new skill, so bloody well done for keeping at it.

20/05/2009 at 21:17
Thanks guys, the fear has been the hardest thing, I had a pretty horrific drowning experience as a child and avoided water for over 20 years.

I will keep going, aiming for ironman one day.
20/05/2009 at 22:17
well done shiva, glad I posted back here the other day!! It is useful, I keep thinking I should breathe every 3rd stroke and now I am thinking maybe not!  I feel happier every other tbh.  Will stick with it.  All should keep posting here, how else will we get such good tips. I mean, please please, one day let me be a great swimmer, ha ha, and if I give left this thread and no longer give input, well it doesnt pay back or help anyone else? Forgive me wafling, i meant to be doing an essay and my brain has packed up but I think you guys get me!
21/05/2009 at 07:33
I still breathe every 3rd stroke, seems better to me.  I will try every 2nd to see if it helps, but trying to build stamina and endurance in the water at the moment, i'll worry about breathing a bit later.
21/05/2009 at 08:31

Thanks Nam - will be sure to ask for more friendly advice in the future.

I breathe every fourth and do the odd 2nd stroke breathe when I need to.  Sorry if that's also bleeding obvious Nam.

WildWill    pirate
21/05/2009 at 08:37
breathing drills are good ...

.. do a length on the 2 then 3 ...4 ...5 ...6 ...7 ..7 ...6 ...5 ...4...3 ...2 (300m total)

And alternate your evens so every other even is on your 'off' side .. as if you go Open Water you dont know with way the swell will be coming from
Edited: 21/05/2009 at 08:38
21/05/2009 at 08:41
Good advice Will - think I'll use that idea for the next OW race.
Farnie    pirate
21/05/2009 at 08:54

Matt, FWIT, I thought it was valuable ie the fact that you reverted back to BS to get your sighting correct, and that no matter how good a pool swimmer you are OW is quite different.   But then you sort of spoiled it by stamping your feet because nobody patted you on the back for your post.

I don't think people post on RW for people to thank them, I think it out of a genuine want to help.

21/05/2009 at 09:12

Farnie - it does appear that way but honestly isn't. I'm happy for someone to tell me I'm talking total merde - just wanted some form of interaction in something I tried for the first time at the weekend.

It's all very well talking about exact swimming drills in a pool but those often seem to fall to bits when you hit the water (from lifeguarding days).

I think Nam's comment was completey unnecessary.

WildWill    pirate
21/05/2009 at 09:16
iv always found the key to swimming fas is slowing it all down .. i swim slowly but move quite quickly ... if i try to really push it the extra speed is not worth the extra effort

LAst year i managed 4-miles (OW) in 1:55 ... but my 1-mile TT was not at a very much faster pace
21/05/2009 at 09:20

Will - similar here. I was really worried about the swim - lost sleep over it in fact. I tend to swim like a nutter with a good fast pace but run out of puff too quickly. Slow but powerful strokes seem to make all the difference.

I reckon most that I managed to "outswim" would annihilate me in a pool (ended up 4th on my category) but that bit of OW experience made up for it and shocked the hell out of me.  No, not looking for praise of a pat on the back, just think it could be helpful for others.

At the same time I'm keen to get better - people like Will are ideal for that sort of advice it seems!

Farnie    pirate
21/05/2009 at 09:21

Its the trouble with the written form Matt, maybe a or a might have helped.

But I don't think Nams comment was particularly harsh, she can be much more caustic than that

wait for it......

21/05/2009 at 09:26

Farnie - sorry, not a big emoticon user - maybe I should get into them a bit more?!

Nam can be more caustic? A great "attribute" I'm sure.

What's the point though?! 

(is that better?!) 

Farnie    pirate
21/05/2009 at 09:29

getting there

but the point of my was I didn't mean it, I was just saying it to get a reaction from her.

Anyway, sorry for the thread hijack, 

I am off OW swimming tonight, I fecking hate it, but in a its quite good sort of way.  It scares the bejeezus out of me

21/05/2009 at 09:31
I will be OW "swimming" with a big "float" (a 6'2" surfboard) this weekend - looking like good waves on the way
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