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Forum: Freestyle 10-20-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 6,738
Posted By KatieK
I think you're imagining more drama than there...

I think you're imagining more drama than there is. Kids bump into each other all the time. I don't swim over anyone, I just keep swimming. If someone's in front of me in the lane, I wouldn't see...
Forum: Freestyle 10-17-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 6,738
Posted By KatieK
Red is the correct way to do it. Otherwise,...

Red is the correct way to do it. Otherwise, you're practicing bad turns.

I think the only way to pass at the wall is for the person being passed to stand aside. Otherwise, you're just asking for...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 09-12-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 2,684
Posted By KatieK
In a race like that, I feel happy swimming at an...

In a race like that, I feel happy swimming at an SR of 0.85 (70 strokes per minute). I can keep that up for a few hours. That stroke rate feels natural and comfortable for me. At the other end of...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 09-07-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 3,507
Posted By KatieK
Try to get in the water the day before. I assume...

Try to get in the water the day before. I assume the 5K you're referring to is Big Shoulders. If that's the case, it should be easy to find a group to go out with.

Also, get as familiar as you can...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 08-29-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 3,468
Posted By KatieK
If 2:00 feels like an all-out pace, you might...

If 2:00 feels like an all-out pace, you might want to start a little slower. At this level, your most dramatic improvements are going to come from improved technique, not fitness.

Another idea is...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 08-28-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 3,468
Posted By KatieK
Practicing in open water is great for learning...

Practicing in open water is great for learning how to deal with conditions and build confidence. It's also a lot of fun. But it's not great for building speed.

Training in the pool is the best...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 08-17-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 29,089
Posted By KatieK
I think that's wise. One thing I should have...

I think that's wise. One thing I should have said before is that I think the snorkel is more of an intermediate-level tool. It's good for fine-tuning, but if it's used too early in the process it...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 08-16-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 29,089
Posted By KatieK
If the snorkel is wobbling, that means your head...

If the snorkel is wobbling, that means your head is making some rogue movements. The snorkel is a good tool for ironing those out.
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 08-11-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 29,089
Posted By KatieK
I think using a snorkel for part of your practice...

I think using a snorkel for part of your practice is a good idea. It lets you focus on other elements of your stroke. But I would never suggest using it for a whole practice. Maybe start out with...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 08-06-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 4,889
Posted By KatieK
Ask your husband take a video of you swimming...

Ask your husband take a video of you swimming next to the kayak. You can get a disposable camera that takes video, or he can just keep a regular camera in a cooler or a dry bag when he's not using...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 08-04-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 2,458
Posted By KatieK
That guy uses a wetsuit, fins, paddles and a...

That guy uses a wetsuit, fins, paddles and a snorkel. What he does is definitely an athletic accomplishment, but I don't think of it as swimming.
Forum: Links and References 07-22-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 2,566
Posted By KatieK
I've noticed a trend in the last few years of...

I've noticed a trend in the last few years of parents getting worried about their kids shivering during swim lessons. No one used to ever give that a second thought. I don't think kids worry about...
Forum: Freestyle 07-10-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 5,178
Posted By KatieK
Most people count one stroke for every hand...

Most people count one stroke for every hand entry. The SwimSense only counts every other hand entry (the hand where the watch is).

So if you take 17 strokes, the watch may record 8 or 9. I also...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 07-09-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 4,889
Posted By KatieK
I'm the one who posted about the 5 seconds...

I'm the one who posted about the 5 seconds difference, but I have the same problem as Boken. The 5 seconds is actually supposed to be 4 seconds (one second for each push-off). I rounded it up to 5...
Forum: Freestyle 07-03-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 5,428
Posted By KatieK
Phew! You'd be surprised at how often that...

Phew! You'd be surprised at how often that happens. Sometimes the lifeguards aren't even sure of the pool lengths.

I used to make the mistake of assuming that my 100m pace should be roughly...
Forum: Freestyle 07-03-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 5,428
Posted By KatieK
That's a really big disconnect for your times,...

That's a really big disconnect for your times, tritriagain. Something doesn't add up.

Forgive me for this question, but are you sure the pool you're swimming in is 25 meters and not 25...
Forum: Freestyle 06-29-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,899
Posted By KatieK
What's your "pathetic" pace for swimming 2...

What's your "pathetic" pace for swimming 2 lengths? Could you swim 200 yards at a slow pace without gasping for air?

If you answered yes to the second question, and you're as crazy as you claim,...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 06-23-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 6,259
Posted By KatieK
Try posting the question here as well: ...

Try posting the question here as well: http://www.marathonswimmers.org/forum/discussions
Forum: Freestyle 06-08-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 4,157
Posted By KatieK
I lost one that way too. Now when I use the...

I lost one that way too. Now when I use the tempo trainer in open water, I put it in ziploc bag. That's just enough to make it float.
Forum: Swimming In Triathlon 06-07-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 13,064
Posted By KatieK
I can understand the appeal of the Swedish...

I can understand the appeal of the Swedish goggles. I've never been able to get them to seal properly, so they're not an option for me.

Before I got the Sables, I was using Speedo Vanquishers. ...
Forum: Freestyle 06-06-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 2,326
Posted By KatieK
Can you get a video of your open turns? Above...

Can you get a video of your open turns? Above water is fine. You could even have someone take it with a cellphone.

I suspect that you're twisting into an odd position off your turn. That probably...
Forum: Swimming In Triathlon 05-30-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 13,064
Posted By KatieK
I definitely love my Sables. They're not cheap,...

I definitely love my Sables. They're not cheap, and they're frequently on back order. But the optics are great, and they look really cool. ...
Forum: Freestyle 05-08-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 4,515
Posted By KatieK
Wetting your hair before you get in makes a big...

Wetting your hair before you get in makes a big difference, especially to the way your hair feels. Some people use a leave-in conditioner instead, but I don't like that as well. For one thing, the...
Forum: Swimming In Triathlon 05-07-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 4,564
Posted By KatieK
The chaos of the swim start isn't that bad, once...

The chaos of the swim start isn't that bad, once you get used to it. Yes, there's a lot of contact, but it's harmless. People sort of bounce off each other. Even getting kicked is no big deal--a...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 05-03-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 8,897
Posted By KatieK
The Swimmer Buddy is a bare minimum. But I...

The Swimmer Buddy is a bare minimum. But I personally would never swim in a wake zone without a kayak or some other escort boat/paddleboard.

Even with a bright cap and no wetsuit, it's very...
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