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Forum: Freestyle 07-25-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 1,734
Posted By Donal F
Magnussen Missile Mechanics

This youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NwPKi2pyCE&feature=player_embedded) offers a quick look at sprinter Magnussen's stroke mechanics, and the narrator takes notice of his, "low splash,...
Forum: Freestyle 07-13-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 5,340
Posted By Donal F
I, too, use the PoolMate, and the results can be...

I, too, use the PoolMate, and the results can be interesting. I've found that if I don't push and hold the button firmly to finish that the PoolMate will add a subworkout of a few seconds and zero...
Forum: Freestyle 07-12-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 2,265
Posted By Donal F
Seems to me that I spend a lot of time swimming...

Seems to me that I spend a lot of time swimming with less than full lungs, so I don't see why I should balance with full lungs.

At 1:45, they're practicing balance out of the...
Forum: Freestyle 07-11-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 5,340
Posted By Donal F
"So - a stroke count of 9 from the watch (i.e....

"So - a stroke count of 9 from the watch (i.e. taken from one hand, so roughly 18 for a normal stroke count) plus 30 seconds would give you a score of 38."

Actually 48. That's also called swim golf....
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 07-09-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 15,693
Posted By Donal F
I'm guessing that swimmer has a very propulsive...

I'm guessing that swimmer has a very propulsive kick, so one might want to try that drill while wearing small fins.
Forum: Freestyle 07-07-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 2,701
Posted By Donal F
In high school I may have bent my knees doing the...

In high school I may have bent my knees doing the two-beat crossover, but for years after that i didn't kick at all. Now I have a very light two-beat TI diagonal kick and keep a very straight leg.
Forum: Freestyle 07-06-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 2,701
Posted By Donal F
In my last few swims I've been trying to address...

In my last few swims I've been trying to address my right side sculling, a deeply-ingrained habit from 38 years of breathing to the right, then 15 more years of breathing to the right on every other...
Forum: Freestyle 06-27-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 4,250
Posted By Donal F
I can't remember the last time I tried one arm...

I can't remember the last time I tried one arm fly, but I would expect that the leg on the opposite end of your center of gravity from that one arm would get most of the work.
Forum: Links and References 06-26-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 2,103
Posted By Donal F
Cecil Colwin dead at 85

"Cecil Colwin, coach, SwimNews (http://www.swimnews.com/News/view/9533) columnist and one of the most prolific and knowledgeable of authors on the subject of swimming, has died aged 85. He will be...
Forum: Links and References 06-26-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 2,127
Posted By Donal F
Phelps might still pull out to concentrate on...

Phelps might still pull out to concentrate on other events. Even though he claims to have regained his focus, I don't think he is as fit as he was in Beijing, yet he wants to swim the same load of...
Forum: Freestyle 06-26-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 4,250
Posted By Donal F
It's funny, but I paid attention this afternoon,...

It's funny, but I paid attention this afternoon, and I only scull on one side. My left pulls straight back, while my right hand sculls towards the center. I'm guessing this is a leftover from when I...
Forum: Freestyle 06-25-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 4,250
Posted By Donal F
Well, to my knowledge, Ernest Maglischo didn't...

Well, to my knowledge, Ernest Maglischo didn't start to walk back on lift vs drag until 2003's Swimming Fastest. And Emmett Hines still has sculling articles posted...
Forum: Links and References 06-25-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 2,127
Posted By Donal F
Lochte Phelps Kalisz top seeds in 400IM

http://dagblog.com/sports/us-trials-lochte-phelps-kalisz-advance-400im-final-14076

I'm glad the finals are shown in the evening.
Forum: Freestyle 06-25-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 4,250
Posted By Donal F
Paddle vs. Propeller: Which is Superior?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eRkZTclaEsA#!

Found this on Swimmers Daily. I'm fairly sure that I'm a sculler, but "Rajat Mittal, a Johns Hopkins fluid dynamics expert, has...
Forum: Freestyle 06-13-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,950
Posted By Donal F
Maybe you relaxed a bit because your expectations...

Maybe you relaxed a bit because your expectations were lower.
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 06-05-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 15,693
Posted By Donal F
Last week's swimming was mostly 500 warmups...

Last week's swimming was mostly 500 warmups followed by 5x this and that. One day I forgot my watch and did some fist lengths, body dolphin and fun stuff. I'm feeling confident that several years of...
Forum: Freestyle 05-27-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 6,306
Posted By Donal F
IMO = in my opinion

IMO = in my opinion
Forum: Freestyle 05-25-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 2,620
Posted By Donal F
It looks to me that you are kicking from a bent...

It looks to me that you are kicking from a bent knee instead of from the hip.
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 05-24-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 15,693
Posted By Donal F
Two weeks ago, I swam two days of 500m warmups...

Two weeks ago, I swam two days of 500m warmups with 5x100 sets of crawl, breast and back and 5x50 sets of crawl and breast. All my crawl repeats were 1R/1L bilateral and felt very fluid. Saturday May...
Forum: Freestyle 05-23-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 5,624
Posted By Donal F
There is such a thing as a body genius. You are...

There is such a thing as a body genius. You are really racing against yourself.
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 05-16-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 26,834
Posted By Donal F
I'm the same age as efdoucette. After swimming my...

I'm the same age as efdoucette. After swimming my entire life, and competitively now and then, I only began feeling truly comfortable with my breathing in the last two years. In the past I could run...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 05-10-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 15,693
Posted By Donal F
Thanks for the feedback. I expanded the subject...

Thanks for the feedback. I expanded the subject into a blog post, here:

http://dagblog.com/sports/bilateral-breathing-13719

but I'll still follow the discussion here.
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 05-10-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 15,693
Posted By Donal F
Werner, Oddly, breathing left feels cleaner to...

Werner,

Oddly, breathing left feels cleaner to me. I only added left breathing after going to a TI workshop in late 1990s, so I'm probably doing it with fewer bad habits, but breathing right is...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 04-20-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 2,135
Posted By Donal F
Practice Rewires the Brain

Short, but interesting article in Scientific American:
Spine Tuning: Finding Physical Evidence of How Practice Rewires the Brain...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 04-18-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 15,693
Posted By Donal F
Trying Bilateral Breathing

In recent years I have greatly improved my breathing technique, and last season became very comfortable swimming 1500 - 2000 meters at a time, breathing to the same side (left and right on alternate...
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