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Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 07-10-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 2,263
Posted By Tom Pamperin
Yes, that is the right way to do it. If I am a...

Yes, that is the right way to do it. If I am a little afraid of something, I find it's always best to experiment with it until it becomes less frightening and more familiar. Mindful experimentation...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 07-10-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 2,263
Posted By Tom Pamperin
A swim buoy would be a good idea to avoid getting...

A swim buoy would be a good idea to avoid getting run over if there is lots of boat traffic where you swim.

Glad to hear you're enjoying TI in open water. Me, too. I have learned that to swim in...
Forum: Freestyle 07-10-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 4,279
Posted By Tom Pamperin
It sure has for me. I recently switched to almost...

It sure has for me. I recently switched to almost all open water swimming and have become remarkably comfortable and efficient with sighting compared to how I was when I started. Mindful repetition...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 07-06-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 2,263
Posted By Tom Pamperin
Congratulations on your first open water...

Congratulations on your first open water event!

Swimming near other people in races like that is challenging. I usually try to line up on the outside edge of the course where there may be a little...
Forum: Freestyle 07-05-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 2,201
Posted By Tom Pamperin
I do this all the time (I mean, pretty much...

I do this all the time (I mean, pretty much before each repeat, or at the start of each set) to check my head position and relaxation: push my face into the water (looking straight down), hold it...
Forum: Freestyle 07-05-2018
Replies: 193
Views: 21,257
Posted By Tom Pamperin
Werner, thanks for the reply. I'm not sure I...

Werner,

thanks for the reply. I'm not sure I understand you correctly.

Are you saying that for a long time you were doing the "flick and hold" but now you are experimenting with other ways of...
Forum: Freestyle 07-05-2018
Replies: 193
Views: 21,257
Posted By Tom Pamperin
Yep, we may be describing the same thing in...

Yep, we may be describing the same thing in different ways to some extent.

To those who are still doing a conscious upkick for your 2BK, think about this:

As your left arm spears, your right leg...
Forum: Freestyle 07-02-2018
Replies: 193
Views: 21,257
Posted By Tom Pamperin
I missed commenting on this when it was current,...

I missed commenting on this when it was current, but I have found that no upbeat is necessary, or even desirable. Flick and hold--the rotation of the body puts the new leg in position to kick with no...
Forum: Freestyle 06-22-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 5,765
Posted By Tom Pamperin
Exactly. I am tall with long arms, so my SPL...

Exactly. I am tall with long arms, so my SPL green zone is lower.

Another good set for working to increase stroke length is:

Tune-up with 10 x 25m, or even 20 x 25m, working on achieving the...
Forum: Freestyle 06-19-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 5,765
Posted By Tom Pamperin
Absolutely. Speed = stroke length x stroke...

Absolutely.

Speed = stroke length x stroke rate

By traveling farther on each stroke, you MUST get faster if stroke rate stays the same.

By stroking faster, you MUST get faster--but only IF (and...
Forum: Freestyle 06-19-2018
Replies: 193
Views: 21,257
Posted By Tom Pamperin
All right, I managed a 30-minute pool session in...

All right, I managed a 30-minute pool session in my usual 25m pool. My goal was to test my normal open water stroke for SPL and time.

Results? Inconclusive.

I managed 14-15 SPL. I'd guess 15 SPL is...
Forum: Freestyle 06-18-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 1,306
Posted By Tom Pamperin
I think the Effortless Endurance course would be...

I think the Effortless Endurance course would be a good first step if you want to do this on your own with no...
Forum: Freestyle 06-16-2018
Replies: 193
Views: 21,257
Posted By Tom Pamperin
For that high elbow: Nothing refines your skill...

For that high elbow:

Nothing refines your skill at holding a high elbow/vertical forearm through the stroke like swimming over a huge field of staghorn coral flats at low tide.

If you don't have a...
Forum: Freestyle 06-15-2018
Replies: 193
Views: 21,257
Posted By Tom Pamperin
Danny, great work--I'm glad it's working for...

Danny,

great work--I'm glad it's working for you.

sclim,

I agree with everything you posted. Terry mentions in that video that your balance and stability has to be well established before it's...
Forum: Freestyle 06-15-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 4,279
Posted By Tom Pamperin
Joel, salt water is amazing stuff for...

Joel,

salt water is amazing stuff for balance.

For me, it usually takes a few open water sessions to relax and maintain focus on good technique.

As for whether the additional buoyancy favors a...
Forum: Freestyle 06-14-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 5,765
Posted By Tom Pamperin
Based on what I know about Gary's swimming from...

Based on what I know about Gary's swimming from this forum, I'd say his advice is likely to be very very good.
Forum: Freestyle 06-14-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 5,765
Posted By Tom Pamperin
A 1:45 pace for 800m is again, pretty good for...

A 1:45 pace for 800m is again, pretty good for distance swimming, though not as competitive as your 1:09 sprint speed. But do keep in mind you are working at two very different demands here with an...
Forum: Freestyle 06-14-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 5,765
Posted By Tom Pamperin
A 4-second improvement in 100m is a pretty big...

A 4-second improvement in 100m is a pretty big jump. How much time do you have to achieve that goal?

You're pretty fast already at 1:09 for 100m--faster than my best of 1:14 (but then I'm a distance...
Forum: Freestyle 06-13-2018
Replies: 193
Views: 21,257
Posted By Tom Pamperin
I had not seen this demo from Terry at an open...

I had not seen this demo from Terry at an open water camp; it seems very relevant to our discussion so far (just started watching it):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pITBtglEUGk
Forum: Freestyle 06-13-2018
Replies: 193
Views: 21,257
Posted By Tom Pamperin
Hmm. Maybe. On the other hand, resisting rotation...

Hmm. Maybe. On the other hand, resisting rotation with a patient lead arm has started to feel like Coach Dave Cameron's advice on spearing for a high elbow...
Forum: Freestyle 06-13-2018
Replies: 193
Views: 21,257
Posted By Tom Pamperin
Either way (patient lead arm or downward drifting...

Either way (patient lead arm or downward drifting lead arm) feels good to me right now as long as I keep my kick timing correct. But I am learning toward a conclusion that the patient lead arm is the...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 06-11-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 2,264
Posted By Tom Pamperin
A last thought: In my own practice, I have found...

A last thought:

In my own practice, I have found that using many short repeats (25m, or for open water, maybe 20 arm strokes depending on your green zone and SPL) is better for working on skills...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 06-11-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 2,264
Posted By Tom Pamperin
Another thought: are you using a 2-beat kick?...

Another thought: are you using a 2-beat kick? There are lots of discussions about the timing of the kick, and timing of the arms, in the Forum right now. Check them out.

I'd say a properly timed...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 06-11-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 2,264
Posted By Tom Pamperin
Welcome to the Forum. I think you will find that...

Welcome to the Forum. I think you will find that TI swimming isn't really about doing specific workouts. It is about learning fundamental skills in this order:

Balance (first and most...
Forum: Freestyle 06-11-2018
Replies: 193
Views: 21,257
Posted By Tom Pamperin
Well, but it's not that simple, either, because I...

Well, but it's not that simple, either, because I didn't explain my conclusions fully. I have not been prioritizing fast swimming at all. I have been doing long open water sessions mostly for pure...
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