Cr@p Swimmers R Us

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30/10/2013 at 10:59

I really could'nt recommend it more Molly - i honestly put this book down to me improving my swimming massively. At some point i will also go for some sessions with one of there coaches. There is only so much you can improve without someone telling you explicitly how to do it...

30/10/2013 at 13:21

sorry for butting in guys, had a look on the swimsmooth website, superb advice on there, I'll definitely new buying the book too! thanks for the tip TheBanksy mate.

30/10/2013 at 13:29

No problem at all, happy to help 

30/10/2013 at 14:02

I did it the other way round...I had 10 individual lessons and now I'm on my own. Obviously the lessons helped me no end but it wasn't financially viable (ie couldn't afford them!) in the long term. Runs off to order book....

30/10/2013 at 18:40

just ordered it from Amazon! even bought some goggles today, just need to get wet on another note I did see another book on Amazon  by a guy called Joe Friel, triathletes training bible, anyone know if it's worth buying?

30/10/2013 at 18:52

It is a very good book. But it gets quite technical and is aimed at people looking to plan there own plans. If that puts you off there is another book called Be Iron Fit which has some plans in them which is again very good and the competitive plan in it is what im going to follow this year

30/10/2013 at 20:34

Friel is very very technical, I have his training bible and couldn't get on with it at all. I subscribe to the Pirate way of training, i.e swim a bit, run a bit, bike a lot!

30/10/2013 at 20:52

Molly - here's the tri club training plan from yesterday.

400m warmup

200m - 2 armstrokes + 10 leg kicks

100m - Catchups on backstroke - very difficult!

100m - Catchup on crawl

200m - 10 armstrokes + 20 leg kicks

10 x 100m freestyle with + 1 sprint in each length

4 x 50m - 25m on only 2 breaths and 25m sprint

400m - dolphin kick/medley strokes, change every 50m

4 x 100m fast

800m breathing drill - breathe on 2nd stroke, next 50m 2 &3 - then 3 - 3/4- 4 - 3/4 - 3- 2/3

30/10/2013 at 21:54

nice one TheBansky, cheers for the tip. I'll have a look when I get home from this really lame Halloween quiz night that I'm at.

30/10/2013 at 21:57

Bionic ironwolf, I think I like the pirate way, swim a bit, drink a lot, run a bit, drink a lot, bike a lot, drink a lot lol

Dustboy    pirate
30/10/2013 at 23:41

Well, first swim today since my ablation in August. OMG, I had no idea how tough it was going to be. Going from 2.4 miles OW last year down to ten 25M lengths in 10 minutes and having to stop for a rest every 75M is actually harder than the other way around I think. I had planned to do a couple of leisurely 400M sessions but had absolutely no idea I would be trailing the old breaststroke ladies so badly. Must admit, I am quite shocked.

So I am firmly back in the crap swimmers thread and actually quite relieved I didn't just go OW. I would have been in serious trouble.

Apparently I still have a very smooth technique but only for ten metres.

I think I am beginning to understand why the consultant raised an eyebrow when I mentioned going back to tri in 2014.

Fingers crossed. 

01/11/2013 at 19:16

swimsmooth book arrived today! looks awesome! only read a few pages but could already recommend it. thanks banksy for the top tip!

01/11/2013 at 21:10

Took 25 s off my 200m times last night, 


10x50 as 25 kick, 25 pull

10x200 off 4.20 , 30s rest inbetween

5x100 off2.10 , 30s rest

200 cd 

02/11/2013 at 09:25

Glad you like it plodon... now get in the pool and then have a couple of beers to celebrate, or is that just what i use to do 

02/11/2013 at 16:05

hi all

been around the threads for ages but not joined in this one yet. 

I am very slow but can keep going for ages, I only started learning front crawl 18 months ago

I have started going to a swimsmooth swim squad near Loughborough once a week and it is great The top tip this week was for the kick, we were told to try to think of pressing the soles of your feet towards the ceiling, then let them drop forward but not too far. I find this really difficult, but I can feel that it is putting my legs and feet in a much better position and is making me use my glutes. Really tried to focus on doing that during my swim session this morning too.

Dustboy, good to hear you are recovering and back to training. You will get back there

02/11/2013 at 20:30

I'm with you there Ghostess, dreading that part. saying that the swimsmooth book I just got has some good advice when it comes to the confidence part, apparently it's all about relaxing and exhaling when underwater.  I'm yet to get to that stage myself lol, but you survived today and you'll survive tomorrow, stick with it, all will be good...just gotta follow my own advice now lol.

M...eldy    pirate
02/11/2013 at 20:38

I am not sure, if it had that effect on you that that was the right thing to do ghostess??

02/11/2013 at 20:46

oh that doesn't sound very nice ghostess! Just tell them not to do that again

02/11/2013 at 21:33

M...eldy is spot on, if its gunna scare the shit out of you DONT DO IT! Like plodon said, just relax and make sure you exhale when your face it under the water doing this will bring you up in the water which helps with your boyancy. Also practice your popeye mouth (google it) when turning your head to breath to stop water coming in. Try not to lift your head out of the water when breathing, just turn your head and use your body roll to help with this if you cannot get a good breath

Edited: 02/11/2013 at 21:33
03/11/2013 at 12:33

getting the head position when breathing right is really difficult - I am pretty sure mine is still not right. You obviously need someone to give you a different way of visuallising what you are supposed to be doing - or videoing you to show you what you are doing wrong


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