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Forum: Freestyle 12-11-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 7,792
Posted By dougalt
Text of my testimonial at the 11/18/17 Memorial Event for Terry

I was told that today was to be a Celebration of Terry's life, so....

LET’S CELEBRATE: Never being bored during a swim session.

LET’S CELEBRATE HOW, by becoming Totally Immersed in the thought...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 11-13-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 2,922
Posted By dougalt
WHERE to swim?

New Business Concept:
Convenient neighborhood locations.
Private swim lanes – no sharing.
Swim sessions reserved on-line.
Water temperature selected by you.
No times blocked out for teams or classes....
Forum: Freestyle 06-17-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 3,535
Posted By dougalt
Salvo, Thanks for the link to the...

Salvo,

Thanks for the link to the loneswimmer.com website. (I had never heard about it before) It's very clear that I am just a mere dabbler with this cold water stuff...

I haven't attempted to...
Forum: Freestyle 06-16-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 3,535
Posted By dougalt
Salvo, Cold water swimming is something I've...

Salvo,

Cold water swimming is something I've recently come to enjoy dealing with, as a frontier that could be explored late in my life (early 70's), when physical/medical limitations preclude other...
Forum: Freestyle 01-22-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,871
Posted By dougalt
Well said, Coach DavidShen

"Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em...."
Forum: Freestyle 12-17-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 5,511
Posted By dougalt
sclim: As for Dikla's "unheralded strong points"...

sclim: As for Dikla's "unheralded strong points" (I LIKE that term!), I think one of them is that, as best as I can determine from these videos, Dikla is using 18 strokes per length, while the more...
Forum: Freestyle 12-17-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 5,511
Posted By dougalt
As to the topic of whether someone who is not...

As to the topic of whether someone who is not proficient in a skill can teach it
successfully to others: I have coached gymnasts to perform much higher difficulty skills than I had ever performed...
Forum: Freestyle 12-17-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 5,511
Posted By dougalt
Zenturtle: When you say, "I dont know what TI is...

Zenturtle:

When you say, "I dont know what TI is exactly ...I dont like the deep spearing/bad underwater arm mechanics," I'm wondering if you have gone completely through one of the TI self-coaching...
Forum: Freestyle 12-17-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 5,511
Posted By dougalt
I've haven't followed the...

I've haven't followed the elbow-angles-during-recovery discussions, as I haven't been active in swimming or on this forum for a while, but it seems to me that Coach Dikla's vertical movement is...
Forum: Freestyle 12-16-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 5,511
Posted By dougalt
Coaches Liza and Dikla

Weighing in on this one: looks can be deceiving…

I agree that Coach Liza appears to be a highly trained, strong swimmer, probably with hundreds or thousands of laps of pull bouys, hand paddles, wind...
Forum: Freestyle 11-07-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 6,068
Posted By dougalt
Terry and AndyInNorway: Thanks for the thoughts...

Terry and AndyInNorway: Thanks for the thoughts about breathing on the "weak" side. I've also been avoiding, avoiding, avoiding... but you've kick-started me to start working on this. Lack of...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 10-13-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 3,491
Posted By dougalt
Another Close Encounter

It was a beautiful day with calm water at the New Jersey shore. Swimming parallel to the shore, about 25 yards out, I felt something BIG bump into my feet from the rear!
Using every mental trick...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 03-26-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 5,132
Posted By dougalt
Interesting thread. My initial attraction to TI...

Interesting thread. My initial attraction to TI was the survival aspect - I wanted to be able to swim a mile or more in open water without having a panic-induced failure. I like the line, "...TI has...
Forum: Freestyle 05-22-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 2,144
Posted By dougalt
Suzanne: as per usual, your comments are very...

Suzanne: as per usual, your comments are very enlightening. In this case, your phrase, "plenty of air there" just somehow, for me, snapped into perspective the feeling of being "at one" with the...
Forum: Freestyle 12-04-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 2,309
Posted By dougalt
The challenge of avoiding wetsuit use is an...

The challenge of avoiding wetsuit use is an intriguing one, and worth the pursuit. This is the beginning of my third winter of ocean swimming, without wetsuit, which I prefer greatly over the...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 09-17-2013
Replies: 77
Views: 25,763
Posted By dougalt
Talvi: Regarding "people who enjoy sailing...

Talvi:

Regarding "people who enjoy sailing seldom enjoy powerboating...", etc. - a very eloquent piece on how people can approach things with different values and goals.

Doug
Forum: Freestyle 09-15-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 4,531
Posted By dougalt
CoachDavidShen, Thanks for posting the videos by...

CoachDavidShen,
Thanks for posting the videos by Coaches Todd, Mandy and Stuart.
They make the 2-beat kick process crystal clear!
Doug
Forum: Links and References 09-09-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 4,050
Posted By dougalt
Louisa, You obviously realize that you are not...

Louisa,

You obviously realize that you are not REALLY a "misfit".

Take further comfort in the fact that only a MINISCULE portion of the water on the earth's surface is controlled by stop watches...
Forum: Links and References 09-07-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 4,050
Posted By dougalt
I'm planning to write a blog shortly on this...

I'm planning to write a blog shortly on this evolution in a swimmer's purpose
Casual (Lap) Swimming
"Serious" Training
"Deep" Practice

Terry,

These categories of Purpose seem to...
Forum: Links and References 09-07-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 8,839
Posted By dougalt
Terry, I'm with Richardsk, at about a "5", with...

Terry,

I'm with Richardsk, at about a "5", with a high enjoyment factor. But, HOW to measure, quantify or index this enjoyment factor? Perhaps, by the width of one's smile at the end of the...
Forum: Freestyle 09-01-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 5,342
Posted By dougalt
hydrophobe, In looking more closely at the video...

hydrophobe,

In looking more closely at the video clips you provided,

In the video at http://youtu.be/b0g9cn6R8nU
0:05 - you are spearing with the right hand and kicking with the right foot.
...
Forum: Freestyle 09-01-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 5,342
Posted By dougalt
Hydrophobe, Check out this Blog for a discussion...

Hydrophobe,
Check out this Blog for a discussion about the timing of the two beat kick:
http://smoothstrokes.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/2-beat-kick-steps/
Forum: Freestyle 08-29-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 5,342
Posted By dougalt
hydrophobe, It appears to me that your 2-beat...

hydrophobe,
It appears to me that your 2-beat kick is 180º out of phase.
Left kick should be helping you rotate as RIGHT arms pierces the water.
Right now, your left kick is occurring as your left...
Forum: Freestyle 08-07-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 2,458
Posted By dougalt
“Each dart to be the best ever thrown…” – what a...

“Each dart to be the best ever thrown…” – what a great philosophy, for most everything in life! For swimming, it involves the on-going Kaizen process of being totally AWARE of what one’s body is...
Forum: Freestyle 08-06-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 2,248
Posted By dougalt
I'm relieved to see someone else, besides me,...

I'm relieved to see someone else, besides me, whose "zone" is 1.8. But, Hey! Better than not doing it at all.... Plus, I am ENJOYING my ocean swimming time.
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