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Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 01-25-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 6,277
Posted By naj
Even when swimming in open water in an area you...

Even when swimming in open water in an area you know please make sure you either A. Have a swim buddy that can come along with you, preferably a more experienced swimmer or B. Swim perpendicular to...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 05-22-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 14,562
Posted By naj
Hey Coach Stu remember swim2bfree ain't the only...

Hey Coach Stu remember swim2bfree ain't the only South Ender on this site! I've been in the bay year round since I first learned TI and, for that matter, learned to swim back in '08.

I enjoy what...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 05-03-2013
Replies: 0
Views: 1,613
Posted By naj
I'm Back :-)

Hi Folks,

Thanks for the concern. I took a long layoff from swimming (no open water or pool) for five months. Then on the 22nd of April I got suited up and hopped back into the 53F waters of San...
Forum: Freestyle 10-12-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 2,096
Posted By naj
Ingrained, congratulations on your...

Ingrained, congratulations on your accomplishment! What Alcatraz swim did you do? By that I mean, The Alcatraz Challenge, Alcatraz Invitational another? Just curious. I've swum from The Rock before...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 09-07-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 3,587
Posted By naj
Great advice. I would also add to slow down your...

Great advice. I would also add to slow down your stroke and find your rhythm. It isn't hard to breathe if you have swells only, but add chop and you have a more challenging time to breathe. If it is...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 08-09-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 2,343
Posted By naj
Hey congrats on a job well done! You know for me,...

Hey congrats on a job well done! You know for me, I don't care about times in ow. many in the ows community have a saying; "Your time isn't important finishing is the goal." Like you when I first...
Forum: Freestyle 08-07-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 1,735
Posted By naj
Buddhisim, Mindfulness and TI; Its Just Practice!

On October 8th of this year I will celebrate 5 years of not only swimming but TI swimming. It has been a long interesting journey thus far. Over the years I purposefully concentrated on one or two...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 07-13-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 10,490
Posted By naj
Just a quick thought on this question of stroke...

Just a quick thought on this question of stroke tempo and 2bk vs flutter. Are you all approaching this from a wetsuit perspective or swimming "naked" i.e. without a wetsuit. I swim without one year...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 07-09-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 4,982
Posted By naj
One thing that you always need to keep in mind is...

One thing that you always need to keep in mind is this; you can have a thousand identical days in the pool (i.e pace clock, smooth water etc), but no matter how many times you swim in ow, you will...
Forum: Freestyle 06-29-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,949
Posted By naj
Both Katie and Andy give great advice. You need...

Both Katie and Andy give great advice. You need to build up to the distance but with proper TI technique (no matter how slow) you can do it. To be honest it is going to come down to a mental battle....
Forum: Swimming In Triathlon 05-30-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 13,316
Posted By naj
finding the right goggles that work for you is...

finding the right goggles that work for you is most important. No one set works for everyone as Coach Dave has stated with respect to the Seal Masks. Find ones that adhere to your face and fit best....
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 05-30-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 3,745
Posted By naj
85f???!!!

85F?!!! Naw, way too warm for me :)

Keep swimming and hope the event goes well!

Naji
Forum: Links and References 05-19-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 3,996
Posted By naj
Truly inspiring thank you for posting this...

Truly inspiring thank you for posting this Richard! Even with all four limbs I wouldn't be able to hang with the winner or any of the other competitors! Just amazing athletes. :)
Forum: Freestyle 05-16-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 4,205
Posted By naj
I think the decision your making is sound and...

I think the decision your making is sound and wise. There will be time to do the Olympic distance another day. That being said, the 400 meter swim is no joke. I swim open water year round and no two...
Forum: Links and References 05-11-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 2,304
Posted By naj
Thanks George and Doug. TI has really changed my...

Thanks George and Doug. TI has really changed my life both physically and spiritually. Thanks Terry for giving me a better insight into my Buddhist practice!

Naji
Forum: Links and References 05-11-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 2,304
Posted By naj
Podcast Interview w/Naji ALi

Hey All,

A buddy of mine interviewed me for his podcast and recently posted it on his site. You can access the interview by clicking here...
Forum: Find a TI Training Buddy 05-08-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 3,541
Posted By naj
Debbie, I'm not a coach, but I live and swim...

Debbie,

I'm not a coach, but I live and swim here in the Bay Area (well in open water). Contact me offline and we can meet. najiali@riseup.net

Keep Swimming!
Naji
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 04-19-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 4,103
Posted By naj
Terry come out to my neck of the woods and you...

Terry come out to my neck of the woods and you can either swim with me in 53F water (as of this week it rose 1 degree woo hoo!), or we can go up to Tahoe and swim with Karen Rogers (Remember her?)...
Forum: Swimming In Triathlon 04-17-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 6,261
Posted By naj
You could always ditch the idea of a wetsuit and...

You could always ditch the idea of a wetsuit and just swim naked. That being said most wetsuits will raise your hips and legs so get something that you feel comfortable with. But I still say go...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 03-17-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 4,056
Posted By naj
Alex, Its been said already but I will reaffirm...

Alex,

Its been said already but I will reaffirm that - in my opinion - gadgets such as paddles, fins and pull buoys are no substitute for solid technique. If you want to get more oomph on your...
Forum: Freestyle 03-14-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 2,927
Posted By naj
Gain, Ideally your fingers should barely be...

Gain,

Ideally your fingers should barely be clearing the water. As Terry has mentioned, and you quoted, the arm weighs 10x as much lifted above the surface. So, since you want to conserve energy...
Forum: Freestyle 03-07-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,739
Posted By naj
Acclimation is an important part, but some folks...

Acclimation is an important part, but some folks prefer warm water swims. I am not one of them. I prefer the water to be between 55F-60F in salt water and 58F-63F in fresh water. As for hypothermia,...
Forum: Freestyle 03-03-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 2,863
Posted By naj
First off welcome to the TI forum and to Ti in...

First off welcome to the TI forum and to Ti in general. The following things are jumped out at me.

1) Your recovery arm is crossing the center line causing your body to fishtail. Try to keep your...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 02-18-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 20,809
Posted By naj
Caronis, I say go without a wetsuit, but that's...

Caronis,

I say go without a wetsuit, but that's just me. But if you do go that route, Sports Basement has a nice selection of wetsuits and the earlier you get in and get acclimated to the water the...
Forum: Swim Your Way to Health 02-12-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 11,366
Posted By naj
No tell me more Coach Suzanne! :)

No tell me more Coach Suzanne! :)
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