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Forum: Freestyle 08-09-2016
Replies: 1
Views: 2,453
Posted By larryc
Coach in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

On one of my recent posts someone here suggested I seek out a TI coach in my area. I wrote to the TI coach in Dallas a few weeks ago but haven't had a reply.

Are there other TI coaches/workshops in...
Forum: Freestyle 07-08-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 3,827
Posted By larryc
OK, here's a video taken today. The first half...

OK, here's a video taken today.

The first half shows me breathing to the right side (which is my "right" side). The second half shows my strained attempt at bi-lateral breathing (can't do it...
Forum: Freestyle 07-07-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 3,827
Posted By larryc
My neck is sabotaging my swimming

Three-year adult swimmer here.

I've come a long way in three years! First six months was spent getting comfortable in the water and realizing I wouldn't drown in the deep end. Next six months...
Forum: Freestyle 08-25-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 8,551
Posted By larryc
Let me add that I believe bilateral breathing...

Let me add that I believe bilateral breathing will ease the tension and out-of-balance in my neck, which breathing always to the right side has contributed to. (My regular yoga practice has...
Forum: Freestyle 08-24-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 8,551
Posted By larryc
Help with bilateral breathing

I've been breathing only to the right side for a couple of years (usually after four strokes -- left arm, right arm, left arm, breathe on right arm). I've done this for several reasons:
-- Water...
Forum: Freestyle 05-13-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,991
Posted By larryc
What a difference a day makes. Monday night I...

What a difference a day makes.

Monday night I approached my swim like it was work. And that's exactly what it felt like -- difficult, unpleasant, unrewarding work.

Last night I approached it as...
Forum: Freestyle 05-12-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,991
Posted By larryc
One of my goals is to be able to swim one lap...

One of my goals is to be able to swim one lap after another without getting exhausted. Others in the pool (and I try not to watch them very much because it just leads to comparisons) make it look...
Forum: Freestyle 05-12-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,991
Posted By larryc
^^. You're right, the frustration is a choice. ...

^^. You're right, the frustration is a choice. And when I swim tomorrow, I'm going to choose to not be frustrated. No matter what. (Just typing that out makes me feel better.)

I didn't swim at...
Forum: Freestyle 05-12-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,991
Posted By larryc
Making swimming more than a joyless experience

It took me half a year to be comfortable in the water. And another four months not to fear the deep end. And I'm still working on breathing, rotation, etc. Recovery arm still drops but is finally...
Forum: Freestyle 03-11-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,854
Posted By larryc
Extended arm keeps dropping

My swim coach and I have tried many things to keep my spearing arm up when I come up for a breath, but it still drops down. We tried using a kick board. Tried more "side" swimming. Even tried...
Forum: Freestyle 12-09-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,784
Posted By larryc
OK clearly I was so excited about getting back in...

OK clearly I was so excited about getting back in the water today that I didn't think about what not to do.

No kick board, no fins. I did some glides followed by easy freestyle and then some...
Forum: Freestyle 12-09-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,784
Posted By larryc
Return to swimming after spine surgery

I'm about to go swimming today, for the first time in 4 months. (I had two surgeries to remove tumors from my lower spine.)

Ironically swimming was part of the way I found out my body was in...
Forum: Freestyle 07-02-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 5,589
Posted By larryc
The eyes have it

Pretty excited today…

My freestyle has felt wobbly, tense and unbalanced for the past week. I couldn't figure out why.

Just swam and the first few laps were lousy. Then it hit me: my eyes were...
Forum: Freestyle 06-27-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2,755
Posted By larryc
I'm still working on lots of fundamentals too. I...

I'm still working on lots of fundamentals too. I used to worry that the more expert swimmers in the pool were judging me. As soon as I quit worrying about THAT (very few are actually paying...
Forum: Freestyle 04-09-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,089
Posted By larryc
Toe position in kick

Because kicking properly remains my biggest hindrance in swimming, my swim coach has me doing lots of kicking drills (both face-down and on my back).

Kicking from the hips has improved, but not sure...
Forum: Freestyle 03-01-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2,203
Posted By larryc
Fixing an extreme balance problem

It was time for a no strokes/no kicking swimming practice, which I just did. Used this video to work on my balance today:

http://totalimmersion.net/blog/total-immersion-balance/

Wow, what an...
Forum: Freestyle 02-14-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,879
Posted By larryc
Thanks Charles. Do you recommend the 2-beat kick...

Thanks Charles. Do you recommend the 2-beat kick as a drill to slow down my kicking? What about the 6-beat kick?

When my kicking is really erratic (often), I feel like I'm doing about a 15-beat...
Forum: Freestyle 02-14-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,879
Posted By larryc
Please explain the "2-beat kick"

Since I'm still struggling with kicking efficiently (and calmly), can someone please explain the Two Beat Kick so I can understand it?

Right now I'm kicking too many times per arm stroke, and am...
Forum: Freestyle 02-07-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,533
Posted By larryc
Thanks Stuart -- I meant to say "I'm now kicking...

Thanks Stuart -- I meant to say "I'm now kicking from the hips" (THAT has taken me awhile, but I got it.)
Forum: Freestyle 02-07-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,533
Posted By larryc
Erratic kicking is ruining my swimming

I posted something about this in another topic, and am posting it here because I am desperate to get this fixed.

I've gotten my kick so it's fluid, kicking from the hips, mostly relaxed, in...
Forum: Freestyle 02-05-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3,157
Posted By larryc
Kick goes awry, too

All,
Thanks for the great comments! I actually made it all the way to the wall today without stopping. Not thinking about "the wall" made all the difference. Laughing helped too.

But -- it was...
Forum: Freestyle 02-04-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3,157
Posted By larryc
Mental block keeping me from swimming laps

I'm working with a swim coach to get my freestyle stroke down. We've made a lot of progress, but something is STILL keeping me from getting all the way from one end of the pool to the other.

It's...
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