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Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 12-24-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 2,012
Posted By ian mac
Goodwill to all

Matt,
With my first off day in 3 weeks, I wish all my swimming brethren a wonderful day tomorrow. I shall join 2 of my children Cole 13 and Claire 11 in a morning swim.
I shall reflect on both the...
Forum: Freestyle 12-10-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 5,961
Posted By ian mac
3 sides to every story

4murphdoggy,
Every public swim session has its own dynamic, as the swimmers' ability and understanding of lane etiquette will be different every time. I have been in lanes where I have been the...
Forum: Freestyle 12-10-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,033
Posted By ian mac
Many great lessons in learning

Russel,
Glad you had such a great swim. From a semantic perspective, I would suggest that ultimately all learning is "self learning," however I digress.

Much swimming is done without a clock for...
Forum: Freestyle 12-10-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,224
Posted By ian mac
As always, it depends

George,
This tends to be an area where I disagree in some ways, with current TI philosophy regarding kicking. Personally I am very much a 2 beat/4 beat kicker. I am also a slow twitch muscle fibre...
Forum: Swimming In Triathlon 12-01-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 25,370
Posted By ian mac
Father and Son first tri...coming soon

Although i have never competed in an official tri race, 15 years ago i decided to train for my own personal tri on my 40th birthday. Arbitrarily, i chose to do a 5km swim, 100km bike and 10km "run"...
Forum: Freestyle 11-28-2012
Replies: 43
Views: 11,318
Posted By ian mac
Train by listening to your body

Hi Andy,
Charles and Suzanne explain the science well. Over the years I have experimented with several "lactic acid threshold" theories as applied to my training. Not really sure any of it was of...
Forum: Freestyle 11-17-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 3,424
Posted By ian mac
Know your goals and apply them

Zenkitty,
I am not sure that congratulations are really in order. There are many ways to learn to swim and many ways to learn to swim faster. I am not certain why you originally took this particular...
Forum: Freestyle 11-04-2012
Replies: 100
Views: 17,765
Posted By ian mac
Kicking, stroke rate and race strategy

Charles,
You bring up an interesting point regarding the importance of race strategy both in OW and the pool. This is why I advocate that even though a tempo trainer or wetronome can be a valuable...
Forum: Freestyle 11-04-2012
Replies: 100
Views: 17,765
Posted By ian mac
Many kicking styles

Charles,
You have missed my point completely. Although I am personally a 2/4 beat kicker, If you read my post correctly, I suggest (via our countryman) that many distance swimmers incorporate a 6...
Forum: Freestyle 11-03-2012
Replies: 100
Views: 17,765
Posted By ian mac
6/4/2 - depends on your goals

As a committed 2 beat distance swimmer, I really believe that there are many variables to consider when opting for a particular kicking style.
My countryman Ryan Cochrane (Olympic silver medalist...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 11-03-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 5,071
Posted By ian mac
A fun hybrid practice

Andy,
As usual, thanks for the motivation and idea. This morning I started my warmup with Terry's "4321" concentrating on a SPL of 14 (1 stroke below my ideal racing SPL of 15) - short course...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 10-14-2012
Replies: 220
Views: 57,590
Posted By ian mac
Fitness training can be TI swimming

Charles,
I don't want to turn this thread away from it's purpose, although I would love to start discussing how critical swim speed training could be useful in 800 and 1500metre training from another...
Forum: Freestyle 10-14-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 5,182
Posted By ian mac
Public swimming isn't club swimming

Andy,
I agree with Charles that there will always be obstacles when trying to swim with a group of swimmers of varying speeds, experience and objectives. There are many articles dedicated to swimming...
Forum: Freestyle 10-14-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 5,182
Posted By ian mac
Lots of options

Andy,
I am not sure how significant the difference is between the 2 diagrams, as everyone seems to essentially going in the same direction en masse. A lot can depend on the dynamic of the group you...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 10-12-2012
Replies: 220
Views: 57,590
Posted By ian mac
What is a TI swim? Anything can be!

Recently in several other thread, I have seen comments of frustrated swimmers pondering reverting to their former strokes in order to swim faster, or doing "traditional swimming or sets". This has me...
Forum: Freestyle 10-02-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,350
Posted By ian mac
Standard terminology

Andy, Jenson et al:

Set 1. no TT, 4 x 25 on 40sec interval/3 x 50 on 1:20/2 x 75 on 2:00/1 x 100 - maintain SPL of 29

Set 2. TT@ 1.30, 4 x 25 on 40sec interval/3 x 50 on 1:20/2 x 75 on 2:00/1 x...
Forum: Freestyle 10-02-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,350
Posted By ian mac
How badly do you want it?

WFEGb,
Andy's recommendation regarding "4321's" is a great place to start. However to get faster will require slightly more effort both in terms of time in pool and levels of intensity. At some...
Forum: Freestyle 09-28-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 1,136
Posted By ian mac
Il n'est pas nécessaire, mais je le recommande

Charles,
As usual, you make good points. I would still highly recommend especially to swimmers not used to counting strokes to first develop the habit until it becomes second nature. Like yourself, I...
Forum: Freestyle 09-15-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 82,637
Posted By ian mac
Remember the equation

Mike,
As a master competitor for 20 years, Andy's range of 1:10 - 1:45/100m is a very good measure. If you go to fina.org and click on their masters section you can see the fastest all time top ten...
Forum: Freestyle 09-13-2012
Replies: 31
Views: 6,608
Posted By ian mac
You can lead a horse to water...

Smat,
Forgive my impatience/impertinence, but after a while the "whoa is me" gets tiring. Several coaches and knowledgeable members have asked for more concrete information about you in order to try...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 09-10-2012
Replies: 220
Views: 57,590
Posted By ian mac
Solid pacing practice

After a couple of easier days of drills, turn practice, water resistance training, vertical kicking and so forth, Michael came up with a rigorous set to test our current fitness level and pacing...
Forum: Freestyle 09-07-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,250
Posted By ian mac
Keep it fun

Great topic and great insights. Terry, your comments from post #7 are exceptionally prescient. I could not agree more. As a parent of 5 children ages 4,8,11,13 and 15 I have observed that their...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 09-06-2012
Replies: 220
Views: 57,590
Posted By ian mac
Working 14 - 15 SPL

One goal of ours over the next nine months is to wire in 29 strokes/50 metres while bringing our stroke rate down below 1.0 with less and less rest between repeats of varying distances.

Today's...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 09-06-2012
Replies: 47
Views: 10,824
Posted By ian mac
Mine's smaller than yours

Just to throw down the gauntlet,
While doing our warmup sets today, Michael and i decided for fun after doing our "4321" with SPL @ 14 to do an extra 200, so SPL of 8 X 14 = 112 (short course metres)...
Forum: Freestyle 09-03-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 8,892
Posted By ian mac
You can't swim fast without fast practice

Smat,
The advice given in post #45 by coach Suzanne is spot on. If you go baack to my questions to you in post#9, i am saying a similar thing. To give you the best advice we require more specific...
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