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Forum: Freestyle 08-27-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 3,936
Posted By millertime
The only way to move forward in the water is to...

The only way to move forward in the water is to apply a backward force to the water. You cannot do this merely by rotating your body.
Forum: Freestyle 08-19-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 2,550
Posted By millertime
I'll admit it's hard to explain. I don't think it...

I'll admit it's hard to explain. I don't think it involves any of those physical movements you mentioned. Here's how I practice it: take a few strokes to build up speed and then move into skate...
Forum: Freestyle 08-19-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 2,550
Posted By millertime
While a very low head position may give you some...

While a very low head position may give you some lift in hips, it has a few disadvantages - you are less hydrodynamic on the front end, you will find breathing more difficult if your head is deep,...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 08-17-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 3,637
Posted By millertime
I think your intuition is correct - attempting to...

I think your intuition is correct - attempting to exhale ALL of your air causes tension. That would be a very unusual and uncomfortable way to breathe on land, and I can't see any good reason why it...
Forum: Freestyle 08-15-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 2,172
Posted By millertime
anyone used Rangs independent pull buoys?

If so, I'd like to know if they are worth buying over a regular pull buoy.

http://www.tropicalpenguin.com/RANGS_Swim_Buoys.html
http://www.finisinc.com/rangs-sr.html
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 08-14-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 2,062
Posted By millertime
seeking advice - rigging a rope/cable between two docks

My family rents a cottage that has a large pond with two separate docks - about 75m apart - great for swimming between. I'd like to rig up some sort of rope/cable between the two docks, so that...
Forum: Freestyle 04-21-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 1,777
Posted By millertime
sounds like "the hydrophobie" :)

sounds like "the hydrophobie" :)
Forum: Freestyle 02-10-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 5,526
Posted By millertime
I'm actually inclined to agree with your...

I'm actually inclined to agree with your hypothesis, Ken. TI swimming is concerned with eliminating muscular tension wherever possible. That's why we swing a relaxed our arm in recovery, why we relax...
Forum: Freestyle 02-03-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 1,542
Posted By millertime
To me, a stroke improvement means I can cover a...

To me, a stroke improvement means I can cover a greater distance using the same amount of energy as before (or the same distance using less energy). That's pretty scientific and quantifiable. The...
Forum: Freestyle 01-26-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 2,989
Posted By millertime
It looks to me like you've got great balance. The...

It looks to me like you've got great balance. The main thing that sticks out to me is that you seem to swimming rather flat (though I'm not certain without an underwater view). If I'm right, this...
Forum: Freestyle 01-21-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 3,990
Posted By millertime
You appear to be swimming "uphill", which is...

You appear to be swimming "uphill", which is indicative of a balance issue. It's not that your balance is that poor, just that a small improvement in this area will have large payoffs in grace,...
Forum: Freestyle 01-17-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 6,222
Posted By millertime
Why can't you do laps of drills? You could move...

Why can't you do laps of drills? You could move into the slow lane of your pool, and do single continuous laps of skating, underswitches, single arm freestyle, etc.
Forum: Freestyle 01-15-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 5,851
Posted By millertime
helpimdrowning: you're doing just the right thing...

helpimdrowning: you're doing just the right thing - concentrating on learning the fundamental skills before even attempting to swim whole stroke. Which is exactly the opposite of what almost every...
Forum: Freestyle 01-11-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 2,509
Posted By millertime
A few of the main things I noticed: i) you're...

A few of the main things I noticed:
i) you're kicking quite hard, which might be masking a balance problem. Even if it's not, it's still consuming a great deal of energy.
ii) You appear to be...
Forum: Freestyle 11-12-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 10,672
Posted By millertime
This swimmer demonstrates superlative balance....

This swimmer demonstrates superlative balance. But as others have commented, this performance seems more like a drill than swimming, due to the highly exaggerated recovery phase. Shinji, your 9...
Forum: Freestyle 11-08-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 6,581
Posted By millertime
To improve your balance, you might try a more...

To improve your balance, you might try a more neutral head position - that is, looking straight down instead of forward. You might find better relaxation if you extend your lead arm on somewhat more...
Forum: Swimming In Triathlon 11-04-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 10,210
Posted By millertime
If you're using a DVD to instruct yourself, you...

If you're using a DVD to instruct yourself, you need to break things down into small steps. So, you might watch the demonstration of one particular drill on the DVD (eg. Superman Glide) and then try...
Forum: Swimming In Triathlon 11-03-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 10,210
Posted By millertime
There isn't really a bright line cut-off where...

There isn't really a bright line cut-off where suddenly you "know how to swim". It's a gradual process that has no end-point. That said, at the end of seven months of dedicated practice, you'll be...
Forum: Freestyle 11-02-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 2,509
Posted By millertime
Two more things: I'd decrease the duration of...

Two more things: I'd decrease the duration of each swim session for a while. I'd also increase the amount of time between sessions. The first will prevent your neck/shoulders from getting too tight...
Forum: Freestyle 11-02-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 2,509
Posted By millertime
I had the very same neck/shoulder tension during...

I had the very same neck/shoulder tension during and after practice, and this lasted for about a year. In the last month or so, the problems have almost completely disappeared, and I attribute this...
Forum: Freestyle 11-01-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 1,742
Posted By millertime
can breast/butterfly help freestyle?

I've been developing my freestyle and backstroke together, based on the premise that they'll complement each other and hasten the learning process. Of course, these strokes are related because...
Forum: Freestyle 11-01-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 3,822
Posted By millertime
With excellent balance, I doubt there's really a...

With excellent balance, I doubt there's really a maximum 2bk SR. But practically a SR of 2 or 3 seconds makes no sense. You'd decelerate almost to zero velocity and your next pull would be...
Forum: Freestyle 10-22-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 2,303
Posted By millertime
I think most of the faults are in the recovery....

I think most of the faults are in the recovery. First, there's the discontinuity that's already been mentioned. Second, the recovery appears cramped: the arm is recovering right above the body line...
Forum: Freestyle 10-19-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 2,579
Posted By millertime
Dave, I've tried leaning into the water...it...

Dave, I've tried leaning into the water...it certainly helps give my legs a boost but it's not enough to give me a feeling of being well balanced, as I am on my back. In Superman glide too I get...
Forum: Freestyle 10-19-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 2,579
Posted By millertime
I don't think the problem has to do with...

I don't think the problem has to do with breathing because when I do skating with a freestyle snorkel I still feel unbalanced compared with being on my back. And I've experimented with lots of...
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