Cr@p Swimmers R Us

Swimming Support Thread

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26/07/2013 at 00:18

Well done WeeJB and GK too. 

26/07/2013 at 15:48

wee JB - great news about how your swimming has come on! I thought I was fit until I started swimming - it shatters me!

The Exile - I've had 4 lessons so far, money well spent IMO

Graeme - I reckon speed will come but at least you know you can do the distance - well done on your badge

Gazhilla - fantastic news about your non-stop 1k. i'll be getting the flags out when I get to that stage.

26/07/2013 at 15:52

I managed 5 x 4 lengths which included various drills. On one I had to do crawl with my face in the water breathing out and trying to do as my strokes as I could (12), I then turned for air and then started breathing every 2. The idea being that if I do a race and people swim over me or push me under and I can hang on and then get back on track swimming normally and stop panicking and hyperventilating. It sounded a bit daft but I reckon it'll come in useful. Will try and swim in the sea this weekend and see how I manage with that.

30/07/2013 at 16:38

Had a rubbish swim - I still can't crack this breathing lark. Perhaps I'm trying to exhale too fast and I end up shattered and my heart going like the clappers. I've tried breathing every 2, 3 and 4 strokes and I still can't fathom it.

30/07/2013 at 17:07

I have found drills have helped my breathing, I do about  10 lengths to warm up nice and easy then I do 2 lengths breathing every 3 strokes,  then I do 2 lengths breathing every 4 strokes (I find that really hard), then 2x every 5 (almost impossible) then I rest for about 30-40 seconds then work my way back down to 2 stroke breathing from 5, I find its really hard to get through it, I'm really on the edge on the 5 stroke breathing.

After that drill I alternate 2 easy lengths breathing every 2 strokes, then 1 length flat out, repeated till its time for work (usually 4 0r 5 sets), the whole sesh usually takes 25-30 mins, its helped my breathing come on loads, just need to work on speed now.

30/07/2013 at 19:29

I do a pyramid set of breath every 3/4/5/5/4/3 strokes. I found breathing hard and then it just clicked. Not saying it's Adrian Moorhouse quality but it's functional. Using a float to practice slow exhaling was useful too.

I did a 1600m swim today, slowly 50+ minutes although I had to keep waiting for the slow swimmer in front get far enough in front every time I caught her. Anyway as I went on I got more relaxed in the water and could start playing with my breathing.  Hard to say but it will come, just keep practicing and trying. Try slow arms and slow legs, I find it much easier when I'm going v slowly.

01/08/2013 at 00:43

2.2k done today, 25 mins for 1k, 42.18 for 1600 and 55.10 for 2k, happy as a pig in shizzzzle  

slow but getting there  

01/08/2013 at 10:45

Gaz - that's brilliant - and you're certainly not slow at all. How's the weight loss doing?

JP & Graeme - thanks for the tips. I really do need to slow down. I'm trying too hard. My mind's going: breathing, legs, arm position and I'm not relaxed at all. 

I tried to conquer the breathing every 2 strokes this morning - how hard should I be breathing out? Am I blowing out a candle on a cake or a dandelion or what?

01/08/2013 at 11:52

Another 2lbs gone, had a week of biking disasters, rear mech went on road bike, crank thread went on tt bike ! Mm, I blow it u until I get into a rhythm , bubble bubble breath. Try bending over in the shallow end and blowing into the water before head turning and breathing in, other thing that helped me was to turn further in the water so I am looking at the ceiling , allows more time to breathe. 

01/08/2013 at 11:53

Toral immersion videos helped me lots. 

03/08/2013 at 21:24

 

I thought I would share my first OW experience today, I definitely fall into the cr@p swimmer category.

I have been having pool based lessons for just under 3 months, and have progressed from being able to just about huff and puff my way through 25 metres before nearly sinking, to having now completed a 2k pool swim (although verrryy slowly in 67 minutes)

Today I went for my first open water and whatever could have gone wrong pretty much went wrong, but even so, I must say...   I absolutely loved it!!!!

After a brief on what to do from the organiser I set off, within 100m my goggles were steamed up, next my nose clip flew off and then predictably my wetsuit started feeling tight.  So taking stock, I flipped over onto my back to calm down and breath, then I lifted my goggle up onto my swim cap and decided that the best way to continue was with my head out of the water, noseclip in hand and fighting to keep my contact lenses from swimming away.

It was a slow loop but after just short of 30 minutes I finished my first 750m open water swim.  I can't wait to get back next Saturday, and have already ordered some anti fog for my goggles, just need to find a more secure noseclip now

03/08/2013 at 21:43

Well done Matt!!

My swim today was the first time I had used my new wettie at Bossie it took me about 2/3s of a lap to get over myself and just swim.  I enjoy swimming OW far more than the pool now Just spend a couple of minutes before you set off just chilling out in the water letting your body acclimate to the cool water helps me with the calm before the swim.

My googles too are a pain in the bum they keep fogging up - I have spray but it doesn't last that long I think I just need new goggles they aren't the best at keeping the water out.

06/08/2013 at 16:22

I have goggle problems too

I reckon I think I've seen the light.....today was lesson nr 5 and I tried breathing every 3 strokes (whereas before I was dithering between 2 or 4) and it was ok! I managed six lengths without stopping, I didn't feel as out of breath and it felt....right. I felt to be swimming rather than wriggling around in the water. Left the pool with a massive grin on my face.

08/08/2013 at 21:01

Using down time from run training to get this breathing lark right.
Thought I was getting somewhere after several cycles of bubble bubble bubble breath ... then my head hit the side  - I had turned through 90° without realising

11/08/2013 at 11:30

Ha ha, I have done that a few times, I was focused on my breathing while in open water and when I poped my head up to av a look I wondered why everyone was going the wrong way

Blisters    pirate
12/08/2013 at 00:40

Excellent fun. Glad to see so many people enjoying the delights of the challenge that swimming provides to us runners.

Nice to see OH here. I thought you were a fish? Clearly I was mistaken.

Savage pool training session tonight. Amazingly I managed to hang on, and complete the set without being overtaken. I must admit that I was pretty tired a the end though. I am now happy to report that I am officially (wait for it)

(the anticipation)

NOT SLOWEST.

12/08/2013 at 09:23

Well done Blisters, great progress, I am trying to join my local tri club, they do 2 swims a week, I say trying as I have arranged to go about three times but 1st time I was stuck at work, 2nd time was "too tired" and no3.......not sure, I need to kick myself up the arse and JFDI

Had a good sesh this morning 10x warm up 2x 50m sprints(ish) 10x easy, feeling a little quicker today

12/08/2013 at 13:55

Hello everyone,can I join cr@p swimmers are us please 

Curently an injured runner and am dipping my toes into the world of triathlons - mainly because I like buying stuff (much to my hubby's annoyance!). But in all seriousness when I got injured 2 weeks ago whilst training for Chester marathon, I felt really awful and wasn't sure what I was going to do with myself whilst I recovered (my hubby did mention moving out until I was able to run again!). That was until a fellow club member suggessted Triathlons to me as injuries are reduced due to the variety of training etc

However the biggest problem that I have is that I can't really swim very well, I am a holiday swimmer. My front crawl resembles someone thrashing arms and legs about in an uncontrolled way whilst swallowing copious amounts of water, which is closely followed by coughing and spluttering due to inhalation of swimming pool water - not good. At least because i can't run I can put in some practice at the pool I guess.

So here I am jumping on this thread, inspired by many of you who have started at a similar level to me and who can now swim - proper lengths and all!. Am hoping that some of that will rub off on me  

12/08/2013 at 15:18

Welcome Lisa, you are amongst same ability friends here, have you organised any coaching or classes? that would be the best way to get started on improving, then ones youve been pointed in the right direction its just practice

12/08/2013 at 16:19

JP, I have emailed a local Tri club who also do one-to-one swimming coaching so am just waiting to hear back. I am hoping that with a few suggestions and pointers in the right direction then I can just get down to the pool and practice.

 

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