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Forum: Freestyle 03-03-2014
Replies: 105
Views: 27,944
Posted By ScottMT
I know that it is hard to generalize, but for...

I know that it is hard to generalize, but for those who use swim aids/tools (pull buoys, floats, fins, paddles, etc.) in their training; what percentage of training time do you use them? Are they an...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 02-25-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 6,347
Posted By ScottMT
I think, although I don't know, that mouth vs...

I think, although I don't know, that mouth vs nose may be a personal thing. I keep my jaw relaxed and breathe out forcefully and I think most comes out my nose but a little comes out my mouth too....
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 02-22-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 6,347
Posted By ScottMT
Once you get the rhythmic breathing going while...

Once you get the rhythmic breathing going while bobbing, the idea/challenge is to carry that same relaxed rhythm to whole stroke. For me the key was to find the stroke rate/rhythm that allows me to...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 02-21-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 6,347
Posted By ScottMT
The drills described in the thread titled " 1...

The drills described in the thread titled " 1 length to 1 mile in 2 weeks - by changing my breathing" did miracles for me.
Forum: Freestyle 02-18-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2,521
Posted By ScottMT
Ron, that makes perfect sense to me. Good rhythm...

Ron, that makes perfect sense to me. Good rhythm and drive is not just "wallowing" from side to side.
Forum: Freestyle 02-12-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2,521
Posted By ScottMT
Great question and I am interested in what the...

Great question and I am interested in what the coaches and experienced TIers say.

When I feel like I am swimming "well" then I too feel this rocking where it feels like most of my effort is coming...
Forum: Freestyle 02-07-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,975
Posted By ScottMT
My experience is similar to Rikard's. Roughly a...

My experience is similar to Rikard's. Roughly a year of slow progress to go from an awful swimmer to being able to swim a mile (slowly) with relative ease. The key for me was to view swimming like...
Forum: Freestyle 06-25-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2,168
Posted By ScottMT
I've been playing with this timing too, but I've...

I've been playing with this timing too, but I've been thinking about the toe flick in relation to the gliding/pulling arm as I'm trying to avoid irritating my left shoulder again. I have a weak kick...
Forum: Swim Your Way to Health 02-24-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 6,734
Posted By ScottMT
Body Blade for shoulder strength and injury prevention?

Anyone have long-term experience with this equipment? I've been using one at my physical therapists and it is very challenging. My PT work is over and I'm considering getting one of these but they...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 02-23-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 4,304
Posted By ScottMT
Hi Reardon, just a thought about your tired...

Hi Reardon, just a thought about your tired shoulder. I'm battling a shoulder issue now and so I'm a bit fixated on shoulder mechanics and I'm no expert but here goes. When your arm is extended...
Forum: Freestyle 02-17-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 5,604
Posted By ScottMT
Thanks for the responses. For now, my working...

Thanks for the responses. For now, my working definition of "proper" rotation is "just enough for BOTH of MY shoulders to clear the water COMFORTABLY, or about 45 degrees or so, and with symmetrical...
Forum: Freestyle 02-16-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 5,604
Posted By ScottMT
What is "just enough" rotation?

What is, and how does one find, the "proper" amount of rotation? Is this a fixed standard, say 37.5 degrees, or does it vary from person to person? Must it be symmetrical, or should the rotation...
Forum: Freestyle 02-07-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 8,540
Posted By ScottMT
Hmm, now that's an interesting observation. ...

Hmm, now that's an interesting observation. Along with the shoulder issue, my tennis elbow (i.e. forearm tendonitis) kicked up simultaneously, but my PT could not see how that could be caused by the...
Forum: Freestyle 02-06-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 8,540
Posted By ScottMT
Hi jackjames, I've been thinking about posting an...

Hi jackjames, I've been thinking about posting an update on this topic. At this time I would say that some of my triceps soreness was ok, but in part it might have been sending me a message too. It...
Forum: Freestyle 01-28-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 9,881
Posted By ScottMT
I can see where this is going. Last Olympics we...

I can see where this is going. Last Olympics we had the high tech super fast suits. Next Olympics every swimmer will be sporting long hair and a pony tail, which they will carefully coil into a...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 01-11-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 2,662
Posted By ScottMT
How to keep track of practices and results?

I'm just starting out with a Tempo trainer and getting more focussed on interval training and trying to develop speed and fitness after a couple of years of just drilling and relaxed swimming. I...
Forum: Freestyle 01-10-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 2,886
Posted By ScottMT
Wow, I envy your balance and relaxed kick and...

Wow, I envy your balance and relaxed kick and stroke! I'm a beginner but am working on some of the same issues that you describe so perhaps this will help.

Two things my coach has me working on...
Forum: Freestyle 01-09-2012
Replies: 69
Views: 12,699
Posted By ScottMT
Hey, if swimming fast were easy then we would all...

Hey, if swimming fast were easy then we would all be doing it, right?
I get frustrated trying to be faster too, but it helps me to take an honest assessment of those in the pool with me who are...
Forum: Freestyle 01-03-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 1,797
Posted By ScottMT
Read or reread the book

With all of the attraction of high tech things like DVDs and animations it's easy to skip the printed pages. I started TI through the book and quickly moved on to DVDs. I pulled out the book last...
Forum: Links and References 12-20-2011
Replies: 37
Views: 11,976
Posted By ScottMT
Yep you nailed me in the demographic and I'm a...

Yep you nailed me in the demographic and I'm a customer.

But I'll propose a different question and suggest my answer. Who is the ideal customer to make the world/neighborhood a better place? Kids...
Forum: Freestyle 12-15-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 8,540
Posted By ScottMT
Well, I only have to drop 10 more seconds to...

Well, I only have to drop 10 more seconds to achieve a USA Swimming "B" time for 10 & under girls ..... So if I adopt the age-counting method of SUBTRACTING one year for every year after 50 I...
Forum: Freestyle 12-14-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 8,540
Posted By ScottMT
Gulp, I must be slower than I thought. :} Here...

Gulp, I must be slower than I thought. :} Here is a video from last spring

http://www.totalimmersion.net/forum/showthread.php?t=2380

but, I feel like I have improved greatly in many areas since...
Forum: Freestyle 12-14-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 8,540
Posted By ScottMT
That is overall average time per 50 in a 6 x 50...

That is overall average time per 50 in a 6 x 50 yd set with 10 seconds rest between 50s.
Forum: Freestyle 12-14-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 8,540
Posted By ScottMT
Found my triceps - is that OK?

I've been doing TI for 2.5 years and until now I have never worried about speed (which is good because I'm really slow...), and I still don't really, but I'm in a Masters swim class and we do timed...
Forum: Freestyle 12-02-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 2,629
Posted By ScottMT
I'm pretty new at this but last summer I trained...

I'm pretty new at this but last summer I trained in the pool for an OW sprint triathlon so my goal was getting comfortable with 1 mile swims in the pool so I wouldn't freak out in the cold OW. For...
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