Cr@p Swimmers R Us

Swimming Support Thread

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29/10/2013 at 18:23

thanks M...eldy, just having a look at the swimsmooth website, says pretty much the same thing

29/10/2013 at 18:43

Definately agree with M..eldy, certainly didnt mean to indend not to practice you kick... Just make sure you practice a "good" kick, by that i mean kick from your hip and not your knee. By kicking from your knee you create a massive amount of drag as well as using up alot more energy, which is a large reason why, in my opinion, alot of people get out of breath quickly...

Good job Dadu on todays swim! 

30/10/2013 at 10:52

dadu - well done, four lengths is great stuff I know what you mean about pool envy, everyone else seems so Phelps-ish compared to myself

Banksy - I'm a book lover so I'll have to order the swimsmooth book, I've had a peek inside and it looks very useful

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

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
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!

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
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, 

300wu

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.

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