Cr@p Swimmers R Us

Swimming Support Thread

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29/11/2013 at 11:59

5th swim session in a row and met my 1st personal swim challenge.

Was awarded 'star pupil' by swim coach for my efforts

29/11/2013 at 12:49

I can happily plod up and down for an hour covering about 2500-2750m now, the biggest problem is that for family reasons Friday night is a good night to swim, yet there isn't a swimming pool I can find locally that is actually open for lane swimming on a Friday evening.


Really frustrating me

Blisters    pirate
29/11/2013 at 15:40

Well done Ghostess and Schmunks on the improvements and promotions.

I went to the pool during the week, and to be honest I feel like I've made retrograde progress. Impressive, but my watch confirms the increasing slowness!

29/11/2013 at 16:41

 can't believe it...after a few weeks of copying BI's training sessions more or less I thought I'd have a go and see how many lengths I could do without stopping. (In July I could only do 1). So clutching my pullbuoy as I don't intend using my legs much as I'll be in a wetsuit (please tell me if I'm illuding myself)....I set off and did 3 x 500mt in 45 mins. Ok I'm not fast nor elegant but I'm well chuffed.

Blisters you could just be tired after Henley

BI - thanks a lot

Graeme - hope you find a solution asap

JPG - great earwigging there

Fairy - wow, that's an achievement - well done!

Duda - does that mean you'll have to swimwith a float and just work your legs then?

29/11/2013 at 17:39
MM - yes, you may be deluding yourself a little. A wetsuit will give you buoyancy but your legs may still drag. You don't need to kick hard as you're not sprinting but you may want to consider some element of kicking to keep your legs up and your body flat
Duda the Mutineer    pirate
29/11/2013 at 18:32

MM  , yes gotta do loads of kick drills with the float so I can learn to power myself up the pool with my legs

29/11/2013 at 20:01

MM - excellent! well done. I'll keep on posting the Tuesday training if you like. Our trainer never gives us the same session twice.

30/11/2013 at 06:54

Fairy- ggrrr i knew it had to be too good to be true! Will try and do the same next time "on my own". I am hoping to use my legs as little as possible so I can save them for the bike and the run. i've got my first ever half IM in June.

Bi - yes please carry on!

Duda the Mutineer    pirate
30/11/2013 at 08:48

MM, here  is a quote form my coach "during you IM swim you will only be using a 2 beat kick to save your legs for the bike and the run but before we can move on to that you need to learn to swim with a flutter kick to build core strength and help with your over all technique" 

This was in response to me suggesting that I just learn to swim with the pull boy as I don't intend to use my legs in the race.



30/11/2013 at 09:03
MM - also bear in mind that you may get bunched up in the swim. You're gonna need to kick hard to get away and find a bit of space

I understand about keeping legs fresh for swim and bike, but if your at the back of the pack in the swim, you're gonna have to bike and run hard to keep up

Its all a matter of finding the right level of kicking. Try kicking really hard for a length and keep your arms slow. Feel how little resistance there is for your arms. That's because 1] your legs are propelling you helping you move forward and 2) your body is flatter in the water

Also, what would you do if it became a non-wetsuit swim.
30/11/2013 at 09:04
PS call me Schmunks
30/11/2013 at 12:52

Duda - glad i"m not the only one who thought that then!

Schmunks - i know full well i"m going to be at the back of the swim but i'm not that interested about times at the mo. I know i'm going to be last in 7hrs58 mins but it's all about finishing. Maybe if i do another one then i would look to improve. I am better on the bike and the run so maybe i"ll make some time up. If not it doesn"t matter this time round, enjoyment is the keyword. 

30/11/2013 at 12:57

I don"t want to sound unambitious or lazy but nearly 12 months ago my mum died suddenly of a heart attack and i needed something to focus on so that"s why i decided to do something new (triathlons) so i'll be happy to get round in one piece and have a great time thanks to you all for your advice

03/12/2013 at 21:32

Tonight's tri club swimming was tough!

800m warmup, 200m each crawl/breast/back/crawl

10 x 50m fast

5 x 100m fast

200m catchup drill with pull bouy.

200m 2 left arm, 2 right arm strokes

200m breathing 2 and 3

3 x 400m: 1st, one sprint in each 50m. 2nd, 2 sprints. 3rd, back to 1 sprint

400m cool down

Total 4000m!

Edited: 04/12/2013 at 11:37
04/12/2013 at 11:40

By the way "fast" is a relative term!  Even flat out I can't keep up with the others in the lane. It's good for me though, because I get a lot less rest than everyone else, great training effect.

04/12/2013 at 13:14

Good afternoon all. I’ve been offline for some time but keeping an eye on the thread. Been putting in quite a lot of time in the pool “working on my technique” which consists of trying to keep my stroke as long as possible and my hips as high as possible (not easy for those of us with the natural buoyancy of a bowling ball). While it feels much better to me (under a bit of control may be a better way to express this sensation) I am not going any faster through the water. As I’m self-coached (swim clubs intimidate me) I’m looking for some way to give my sessions some direction. Amy advice on this. Incidentally I’m considering asking a friend with an underwater camera (he dives for fun – no accounting for taste) if he could film me in a pool but not sure what I should be looking for.

tricoops    pirate
04/12/2013 at 16:34

IM84, being filmed is a great way to go. I was self coached and just went to the pool and swam. Seemed to work okay as I managed a HIM and Olympic distance swims OKish. Since the beginning of October I have been swimming with my tri club twice a week and went to a session that was filmed. In 2 months I have improved my 400m time by 90 seconds! Very surprised but chuffed to bits. Having been a sprinter and rugby player had legs and hips that sunk but have been taught how to improve my body position. No quick fixes but a gradual improvement. It really is worth getting stuck in with a swim or tri club.

05/12/2013 at 11:57

Very well done Ghostess.

06/12/2013 at 09:15

Ghostess well done, way ahead of myself. I managed 6 x 100m this morning, given that I couldn't do 25m 5 weeks ago I'm quite pleased. Definitely down to practice, confidence and mainly the 3 one to one swimming lessons I've had

06/12/2013 at 13:17

ghostess - don't worry about the lanes - it's all relative to who's there but a massive well done on your first mile and to be honest it's a lot faster than I can do it

ElBeanpole - brilliant - a big improvement there.

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