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Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 11-11-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 4,193
Posted By kentakirk
Memorable Open Water Swim

I had a great open water swim season. I competed in the Big Shoulders 5 K swim in Lake Michigan in Chicago for the 15th year. I also was able to cross Alcatraz off my bucket list of open water swims...
Forum: Swimming In Triathlon 09-24-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 18,101
Posted By kentakirk
I did a 500 m practice swim in the pool prior to...

I did a 500 m practice swim in the pool prior to wearing them in my open water swim. I didn't feel that there was any learning curve.
Forum: Swimming In Triathlon 09-23-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 18,101
Posted By kentakirk
Open water swim in Lava pants

I recently competed in an open water swim that was too warm for a full wet suit. I wore my new lava pants that I purchased from xterra wetsuits. Literally the first time I put them on and I felt like...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 03-12-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 7,829
Posted By kentakirk
You definitely need to learn to sight for...

You definitely need to learn to sight for yourself as the above posts have beautifully explained although one big advantage to an open water race is that you are not alone. My favorite position in a...
Forum: Freestyle 01-07-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2,951
Posted By kentakirk
Underwater Camera

I purchased a Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera several years ago and have really enjoyed it. It has been durable and takes great underwater video. It is waterproof to 10 ft. I...
Forum: Freestyle 12-10-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 12,198
Posted By kentakirk
Lane Invader

Excuse me, but to support the lane invaders etiquette, or lack of it, is not right. The lady that wanted to use the lane had several opportunities to stop and ask if you were done swimming but...
Forum: Freestyle 10-18-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 3,699
Posted By kentakirk
This comment is directed to Naj. I plan on doing...

This comment is directed to Naj. I plan on doing the alcatraz swim with my daughter next year. What time of year is the best and which swim do you recommend?
Forum: Swim Your Way to Health 10-09-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 3,450
Posted By kentakirk
I think you would do well with the -10...

I think you would do well with the -10 prescription. It would be significantly clearer for distance than the -8 and would still allow you to see up close, like your watch or a printed workout...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 09-13-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 5,399
Posted By kentakirk
I am happy to report that I survived my 5K open...

I am happy to report that I survived my 5K open water swim. As predicted the waves were between 3 and 4 feet and very choppy. It was a triangular course with bad chop on two legs and a helping wind...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 09-07-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 5,399
Posted By kentakirk
Thanks for the advice. I will let you know how it...

Thanks for the advice. I will let you know how it goes.
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 09-06-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 5,399
Posted By kentakirk
Choppy Open Water Swim

I am facing what is forcast to be a choppy (3-5 ft wave) open water 5K swim this weekend in Lake Michigan. Any advice from veteran open water swimmers on how to help in coping with the waves?
Forum: Freestyle 05-21-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 13,128
Posted By kentakirk
Timely posting and discussion

This discussion is very timely. I was told by a fellow swimmer on Friday that it looked like I was tilted on a 45 degree angle from head to toe while swimming. I certainly didn't feel that way! I...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 01-23-2012
Replies: 16
Views: 15,602
Posted By kentakirk
The safeswimmer works

I have had one for over a year. It seems like the line would get tangled in your legs but it is surprisingly unobtrusive. After the first few minutes, you forget that it is there. It is great for...
Forum: Links and References 12-14-2011
Replies: 70
Views: 28,226
Posted By kentakirk
penny for your thoughts

If you say "a penny for your thoughts" and the person gives you his two cents worth, where does the other penny go?!?!
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 11-22-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 7,499
Posted By kentakirk
Safe swimming in open water

If you stay close to the shore, the boat traffic is not as much of a problem. I found and bought a safe swim bouy, called the ISHOF(international swimming hall of fame) SafeSwimmer which, with a...
Forum: Swim Your Way to Health 10-02-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 13,602
Posted By kentakirk
Concerns about swimming with PICC line

I would be very cautious about swimming with a PICC line. The two biggest fears are infection and the line becoming dislodged out of the vein. An infection in someone who might be immunocompromised...
Forum: Freestyle 08-02-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 3,309
Posted By kentakirk
Freestyle Swim Video

I have been practicing TI for 1 1/2 years and have made significant improvements in my balance and efficiency. I think my catch is holding me back and would like some feedback on my stroke. I videoed...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 07-29-2011
Replies: 0
Views: 3,249
Posted By kentakirk
Big Shoulders Chicago 2011

Anyone interested in a great open water swim should look into the Big Shoulders swim held in chicago the second weekend in September. This year it will be on September 10th. It is a 2.5 and 5 K race...
Forum: Freestyle 05-26-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 7,903
Posted By kentakirk
blocked ear canals

One of the causes of retained water in the ear canal and the resultant ear infection is wax build up. Unfortunately forcing earplugs in every swim can further impact the wax. My advice is to have an...
Forum: Freestyle 03-16-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 8,518
Posted By kentakirk
Unfortunately no procedure is 100% safe. It is...

Unfortunately no procedure is 100% safe. It is important to see someone who has lots of experience. My advice is to make an appt and talk with the doctor to get all of your questions answered. If you...
Forum: Freestyle 03-15-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 8,518
Posted By kentakirk
Laser Vision Correction is a good contact lens alternative

I am an Ophthalmologist and have had personal and professional experience with contact lenses and goggles. Having participated on many age group teams as well as masters swimming I would say that...
Forum: Freestyle 02-10-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 7,768
Posted By kentakirk
Yoga DVD

I purchased a great dvd by David Swenson called Yoga Short forms. He practices ashtanga yoga.The thing I like about this dvd is that depending on the amount of time you have to practice he takes you...
Forum: Freestyle 11-30-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 7,245
Posted By kentakirk
I started TI 14 months ago when I developed...

I started TI 14 months ago when I developed problems with my shoulder and could not participate in my regular masters swimming workouts. It allowed me to stay in the water and improve my balance and...
Forum: Freestyle 10-07-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 3,733
Posted By kentakirk
2 bk epiphany

I recently had the 2 bk epiphany. Prior to the change I too was kicking on the side with the extending arm. Since I made the change my balance and spl have improved greatly. It didn't come...
Forum: Freestyle 11-16-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 5,381
Posted By kentakirk
I want to thank everyone for their imput on my...

I want to thank everyone for their imput on my frustrating injury. I find my shoulder hurts me the most when I do a high elbow recovery and in the catch/pull phase of my stroke. I did try a closed...
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