Cr@p Swimmers R Us

Swimming Support Thread

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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 

GH0ST    pirate
02/11/2013 at 14:15

Hello fellow newbies

Well done dadu great start.

Respect Dustboy.

BI I aspire to complete one of your sessions.

3rd week going to Tri club tonight and i'm looking forward to it. I find that my swim is just like my run, i start off too fast for my ability and get caught up in the laboured breathing. After 6 or so lengths i calm down - probably 'coz i'm knackered - and enjoy a smoother stroke.

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

GH0ST    pirate
02/11/2013 at 19:51

Had my head held in the water tonight to try to teach me not to lift it too high. Scared the cack out of me I don't want to go back tomorrow.

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
GH0ST    pirate
03/11/2013 at 12:30

I couldn't believe it was the same coach on the poolside this morning, my heart sank

She's clearly exasperated with me. But telling me the same thing over and over clearly isn't working (visualise you're lying on your pillow), i obviously don't get it and am not doing what she says (even though i think i am) 'coz she's stuck on repeat as she squawks at me.

Hey ho.

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


GH0ST    pirate
03/11/2013 at 13:41

Yes i need to see how far my head comes out of the water Mathschick.

03/11/2013 at 15:59

just getting someone to film you with a mobile phone would show you that, without you needing an expensive session. However, I think most pools don't allow filming - but maybe at your tri club session it would be ok so long as there isn't any general public, specially kids, in the pool

04/11/2013 at 17:09

BI/Gazhilla thanks for posting what you do swimwise. It really helps me as I'm on my own and wouldn't have a clue what to do. All I've been told is that the worst thing you can do is plough up and down swimming blandly and I'd find it very boring too.

Off to the pool in the morning - and quite looking forward to it (never thought I'd say that)

Ghostess - I don't like the idea of you having your head held at all. That would have definitely knocked my confidence. It will come and don't let her put you off 

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
07/11/2013 at 18:28

Molly, here's this Tuesday's session:

400m warmup

4 x 200m - 200 fast/200 with1 sprint in each length/ 200 with 2 sprints per length/200 fast

400 with pull bouy, 2 right arm strokes/2 left arm strokes, repeat

4 x 200m fast

400 long 3 (glide long on 3rd stroke plus 6 leg kicks)

8 x 50m fast

800m cooldown, change stroke every 3rd length.

Total 3600m

They are not my sessions Ghostess, they are devised by our fiendish tri coach!

Edited: 07/11/2013 at 18:29
09/11/2013 at 09:19

I went for  a swimm session with on old  friend and great swimmer today. Sometimes its the most obvious things that we miss. My freind observed that I only ever get into bother when I try to breath on my left side. This is due to a very old shoulder injury that severly restricts my movement of that shoulder.

So I said to him knew about it but did not know how to overcome it. His answer was simple, don't breath on the left side. Simples , 6 lenghts of uninteruped crawl breathing only on my right side.

This has made my day.


Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
09/11/2013 at 12:00

See, sometimes things are simple, people tend to overthink things and panic. Well done - onwards and upwards (well, not actually upwards!)

09/11/2013 at 13:48
Dadu Fab news!
No swimming for me until tues as doing a marathon tomorrow, can't wait to get back in the pool!
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