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Forum: Freestyle 08-20-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 5,818
Posted By rgiven
Before giving up, try the drills with fins. I...

Before giving up, try the drills with fins. I think people get over worried about getting addicted to them, but if the alternative is all this frustration you have nothing to lose, get some short...
Forum: Freestyle 08-20-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 4,199
Posted By rgiven
I was in exactly the same position a few years...

I was in exactly the same position a few years back, my legs sink straight to the bottom and my kick doesn't add much. By all means spend some time working on balance, but it might take some time....
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 07-04-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 10,314
Posted By rgiven
Yes, we know how much you enjoy swimming without...

Yes, we know how much you enjoy swimming without a wetsuit............In many parts of the world wetsuits are compulsory in triathlons so discussions on how to best adapt the TI stroke are really...
Forum: Freestyle 02-26-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 4,715
Posted By rgiven
Two months isn't that long, in my experience lots...

Two months isn't that long, in my experience lots of patience is needed. It has taken me a year to really get the balance right. I'd recomend lots of skating, experimenting with positionof lead arm,...
Forum: Freestyle 02-10-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 3,724
Posted By rgiven
Pilates

Without doubt incorporating a pilates routine into your training will help to maintain balanced and the streamlined position in the water. Practiced correctly (easier said than done) the exercises...
Forum: Freestyle 02-01-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 4,720
Posted By rgiven
the norm for weak kickers!

Maybe I'm not alone amongst the weak kickers in that this dill is a key one in my practice, very useful, even if not originally carried out for the right motivation on my part. For me repeats of this...
Forum: Freestyle 12-07-2009
Replies: 1
Views: 1,553
Posted By rgiven
I've never used such a machine, nor have I seen...

I've never used such a machine, nor have I seen many around which probably says something in itself. I'm relativly new to TI but have experienced enough to understand how power is generated from the...
Forum: Freestyle 11-12-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,787
Posted By rgiven
Why not!? my experience and understanding is that...

Why not!? my experience and understanding is that moving through the drills is a circular process, not a linear one. If you are becoming a bit bored move on the the next drill for a bit, then go back...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 10-29-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 15,366
Posted By rgiven
Breathing psychology

Perhaps, I myself am guilty of over thinking this but I've been considering why those (myself) included can breaststroke all day but struggle with freestyle breathing. A lot a excellent posts have...
Forum: Freestyle 10-28-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 14,422
Posted By rgiven
Thanks for the comments, lots for me to think...

Thanks for the comments, lots for me to think about and experiment with in the pool, I have a video analysis session in a few weeks time and will take the snorkel along.

Richard.
Forum: Freestyle 10-27-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 14,422
Posted By rgiven
I should add, it is the original Swimmer's...

I should add, it is the original Swimmer's snorkel I have, not the Freestyle one. Finis suggest the new one allows for a lower head position, but looking at the picture I'm not so sure.
Forum: Freestyle 10-27-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 14,422
Posted By rgiven
Head position - Finis Snorkel

I've been experimenting with the Finis swimmer's snorkel, what I've found is that if the end of the snorkel is to sufficiently clear the water I need to adjust my head a little, looking forward...
Forum: Freestyle 10-12-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 2,441
Posted By rgiven
I also had this problem when doing drills, what...

I also had this problem when doing drills, what helped me was moving to slightly wider tracks, this I think prevented overrotation.
Forum: Freestyle 09-18-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 4,485
Posted By rgiven
I use the PT paddles and am very happy with them,...

I use the PT paddles and am very happy with them, quite lightweight and easy to get on and off. They are kind of shaped like the hull of a ship I suppose, cutting through the water with minimum...
Forum: Links and References 09-02-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 12,746
Posted By rgiven
I use my MP3 player in this way for my chi...

I use my MP3 player in this way for my chi running, basically creating my own metronome, possibilities are endless. I even record my own instruction to switch focal points!
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 08-30-2009
Replies: 41
Views: 127,620
Posted By rgiven
I too had pretty bad dependency! but I wouldn't...

I too had pretty bad dependency! but I wouldn't have got where I am in my swimming without using them.

I had a pretty frustrating time trying to get through a two day workshop with a really weak...
Forum: Freestyle 08-07-2009
Replies: 1
Views: 2,192
Posted By rgiven
In a recent thread someone asked for advice about...

In a recent thread someone asked for advice about swimming upstream in a river, Terry highlighted the particular importance of active streamlining in this situation. I imagine you are more aware of...
Forum: Freestyle 07-29-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 7,586
Posted By rgiven
I find your description of this conundrum a...

I find your description of this conundrum a useful one that many will be able to relate to, is this answer that this is a matter of focus?

I don't think it's useful to try to disect the propulsion...
Forum: Find a TI Training Buddy 07-22-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 7,550
Posted By rgiven
I've been to the serpentine a few mornings when...

I've been to the serpentine a few mornings when preparing for a tri, you can join the club for £20 a year and swim 365 days from 6-9:30am. Not too many people and a friendly bunch. The Lido is 100m...
Forum: Find a TI Training Buddy 07-22-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 7,550
Posted By rgiven
I'm London based and would love to swim with some...

I'm London based and would love to swim with some other TI swimmers, I've been following the drills since March. I'm East London based but would be more than happy to travel now and again for a...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 06-23-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 3,963
Posted By rgiven
I know exactly how you feel, my stroke is...

I know exactly how you feel, my stroke is developing at a slow but steady pace in the pool, but I feel so much better in the open water in my wetsuit. I've also been tempted to spend a lot more time...
Forum: Swimming In Triathlon 06-10-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 8,834
Posted By rgiven
Given you have only a month to go, I'd get myself...

Given you have only a month to go, I'd get myself a wetsuit! Here in the UK almost all triathletes wear a wesuit for open water. The extra bhoyancy allows lots of relativly weak swimmers get through...
Forum: Swimming In Triathlon 06-10-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 4,979
Posted By rgiven
There are quite a few threads on this, including...

There are quite a few threads on this, including where Terry has replied to similar questions from me on overuse of fins.

What I've done to reduce my use of fins is to start every swim session with...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 05-26-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 4,043
Posted By rgiven
I tend to turn my head a little bit to the side...

I tend to turn my head a little bit to the side first then roll into the breath through body rotation not sure if it really matters as long as you are not having to rotate too far to get that bite of...
Forum: Freestyle 05-12-2009
Replies: 0
Views: 2,164
Posted By rgiven
Balance and muscle memory

I had an interesting experience over the last few days that I wanted to share, I notice there has been a number of threads discussing wetsuits.

I've been working steadiliy on improving my balance...
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