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Forum: Freestyle 09-17-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 3,533
Posted By novaswimmer
Low slipfactor and little speed-variation seem to...

Low slipfactor and little speed-variation seem to be results of just really good technique, good streamline, low drag, good (natural or induced) body fore-aft balance, good propulsion, etc. All the...
Forum: Freestyle 09-15-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 7,782
Posted By novaswimmer
Stuart, Facebook also makes it much easier to...

Stuart, Facebook also makes it much easier to upload a photo too, in case you want to diagram out a stroke improvement. Probably videos too -- they can run right in the application, rather than...
Forum: Freestyle 09-10-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 7,782
Posted By novaswimmer
Don't even worry about speed at this point....

Don't even worry about speed at this point. Concentrate on technique, balance, form.

In your latest video, look at around 7 secs in. Scrub through this portion of the video slowly back and forth,...
Forum: Freestyle 09-07-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 2,000
Posted By novaswimmer
The worst thing I see in his stroke (I'm a newbie...

The worst thing I see in his stroke (I'm a newbie swimmer, so I'm still missing a LOT!), is his early 'pull' really slips. He should try to set up an early vertical forearm. The first third of his...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 09-07-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 5,126
Posted By novaswimmer
Try starting out breathing on 2s and slow down. ...

Try starting out breathing on 2s and slow down. Oxygen deprivation sort of sneaks up on you.
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 09-03-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 5,126
Posted By novaswimmer
Do you mean 50 yards instead of 50 feet? Are you...

Do you mean 50 yards instead of 50 feet? Are you alternating sides when you breathe?

In any case, can you identify more precisely why you are stopping at 50? Is it that you are #1) physically...
Forum: Freestyle 08-16-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 6,660
Posted By novaswimmer
If a pullbuoy helps you significantly, it shows...

If a pullbuoy helps you significantly, it shows you that your body is not naturally balanced.

Some bodies are horribly balance-challenged. For some of us “adult-onset swimmers”, it's never been...
Forum: Freestyle 08-13-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1,037
Posted By novaswimmer
I think this drill could help imprint the...

I think this drill could help imprint the simultaneous timing/coordination of the 'down-kick' with the 'down-spear' in the opposite arm -- at least for those beginning to learn 2-beat kick.
Forum: Freestyle 08-13-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 2,653
Posted By novaswimmer
What is 'ballistic' arm recovery?

What is 'ballistic' arm recovery?
Forum: Freestyle 08-04-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 6,660
Posted By novaswimmer
'...when I tried to inhale by turning my body...

'...when I tried to inhale by turning my body sideways...'

Of course, it's impossible to see what you are doing without a video. So I'm not sure we can help much.

When you are trying to breathe,...
Forum: Freestyle 08-01-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 6,660
Posted By novaswimmer
Also, 1) Make sure you are breathing to the side...

Also,

1) Make sure you are breathing to the side and not lifting your head to breathe. Any lifting of the head will cause legs/hips to sink.

2) Make sure after you have speared that during the...
Forum: How To Swim A Mile 07-20-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 8,140
Posted By novaswimmer
You could paddle on your back and still call it...

You could paddle on your back and still call it 'swimming a mile'. LOL!
Forum: Freestyle 07-05-2018
Replies: 193
Views: 20,320
Posted By novaswimmer
I've lately been more aware of this 'up-movement'...

I've lately been more aware of this 'up-movement' that I"ve been doing. I do an intentional up-kick to prepare for the down-kick and that's what's leading to a fair amount of drag. Need to try to...
Forum: Freestyle 07-02-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 3,264
Posted By novaswimmer
Sometimes a pleasant distraction can help you...

Sometimes a pleasant distraction can help you relax. Relaxation is really key for me.

Here are some of the key scenarios that hinder me from swimming in a relaxed way:

1) I just drove through...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 06-29-2018
Replies: 48
Views: 19,607
Posted By novaswimmer
You might want to start a new thread. Can you...

You might want to start a new thread. Can you swim at all? How about breast stroke?
Forum: Freestyle 06-29-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,524
Posted By novaswimmer
Goggles

I like the Aqua Sphere Kayenne Goggles with the clear lens.

You can wash them gently with shampoo or use a de-fog spray. And most come with an anti-fog coating which gets worn off, especially when...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 06-22-2018
Replies: 88
Views: 13,800
Posted By novaswimmer
OK, so something is definitely going on...and I...

OK, so something is definitely going on...and I suspect it is with your balance in the water. It's too bad that you can't meet up with a TI coach, because I suspect that a good TI coach would be...
Forum: Freestyle 06-08-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3,751
Posted By novaswimmer
Actually the lips on crank baits can be...

Actually the lips on crank baits can be crafted/configured to accentuate diving or wobbling, or both. A wider lip causes water to spill from side to side more slowly creating a wider and slower...
Forum: Freestyle 06-03-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 2,692
Posted By novaswimmer
This is the kick timing I've been working on...

This is the kick timing I've been working on lately. Just after my spearing arm has entered the water, my opposite leg kicks downward, assisting and completing the rotation.
Forum: Freestyle 05-31-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3,751
Posted By novaswimmer
Thanks for your response! I don't really know...

Thanks for your response!

I don't really know much about trim tabs on a boat, but it looks like they are on the stern. Many fishing plugs have plexiglass or metal planes (or lips) on the fronts of...
Forum: Freestyle 05-29-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 3,264
Posted By novaswimmer
If you are in a 25-yard length pool, then, you...

If you are in a 25-yard length pool, then, you are experiencing a roadblock at 4 to 5 laps? How often are you breathing? Are you gasping at the end of 4 laps? Have you done all the TI drills? Are...
Forum: Freestyle 05-29-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3,751
Posted By novaswimmer
In that Shen article, he writes this...

In that Shen article, he writes this paragraph:

"The depth angle at which you spear your hand/arm into the water can greatly affect your balance. Spearing deeper will tip more weight onto the front...
Forum: Freestyle 05-19-2018
Replies: 154
Views: 16,569
Posted By novaswimmer
I can see another advantage to a long 'wingspan'...

I can see another advantage to a long 'wingspan' and that would be when using front quadrant swimming. The extra long arms will help as a counter-weight to the legs, bringing them up -- and thereby...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 05-15-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 2,318
Posted By novaswimmer
I'm in my 60s too. I started learning to swim...

I'm in my 60s too. I started learning to swim freestyle in earnest in my mid-50s, so we're not all that different.

It was important for me to learn to exhale slowly, and continuously throughout the...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 05-13-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1,675
Posted By novaswimmer
Sounds exactly like what I do. While I'm probably...

Sounds exactly like what I do. While I'm probably not a true 'sinker', I am pretty low in the water. However, for me, I have not found it helpful to retain excess air in my lungs in order to 'keep...
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