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Forum: Freestyle 01-30-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 2,210
Posted By boken
I agree

You listed most of the things I saw. +1 especially on the patient lead arm. Also in the first set it looked like you may have been overrotating on the right, but it was hard to tell and it did not...
Forum: Freestyle 12-07-2012
Replies: 54
Views: 12,836
Posted By boken
Hi Haji. I completely agree with the advice...

Hi Haji. I completely agree with the advice given. You have some video to look and are brave enough to share it with us; your progress will continue to be quick.

I always seem to offer the same...
Forum: Freestyle 11-27-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 4,009
Posted By boken
Welcome, Steve. Here are my opinions and a few...

Welcome, Steve. Here are my opinions and a few suggestions that worked for me. The next person to post will probably have a different set of benchmarks since our progress (or not) seems to be...
Forum: Freestyle 09-18-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 4,634
Posted By boken
I agree with the earlier suggestions. My idea...

I agree with the earlier suggestions. My idea here will not make you a better (straighter) swimmer but it may work for your situation:

Would you be able to get a set of sinking pool toys like those...
Forum: Freestyle 08-27-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 3,407
Posted By boken
Hi Ged. Congratulations on your progress so far....

Hi Ged. Congratulations on your progress so far.

I completely agree with your self-critique about your recovery and entry. These demand a bit of focus. I had a recovery that looked a lot like...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 08-10-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 5,351
Posted By boken
Thanks for the suggestion Katie. I have an...

Thanks for the suggestion Katie. I have an underwater camera so this will be no problem. I admire your focus in doing a 5K pool swim. For me, the constant interruption by walls becomes tedious at...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 08-06-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 5,351
Posted By boken
I have decided a few things: 1. While I am not...

I have decided a few things:

1. While I am not perfectly straight, it isn't enough to justify the time difference. I recently swam alongside my hubby in a kayak who was tacking straight (I just...
Forum: Freestyle 07-14-2012
Replies: 77
Views: 18,893
Posted By boken
Oh, what a tangle

It seems to me that the coaches are using scienc-ey words to describe the intention behind the movements of various body parts and it seems as if this is where this discussion is falling apart. I...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 07-14-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 11,256
Posted By boken
2 cents from somebody who has only swam < 5 miles...

2 cents from somebody who has only swam < 5 miles total in the ocean...

I can't really consciously impact how high or low I am gliding but I can decrease or increase the roll angle to bring my arm...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 07-10-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 5,351
Posted By boken
Hi all. Yes, Toby and Katie, I can definitely...

Hi all.

Yes, Toby and Katie, I can definitely see how lack of immediate feedback can lead to a slower time in OW whereas in the pool you can correct yourself if you don't see the tiles move like...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 07-09-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 5,351
Posted By boken
Pool times vs. OW times

Hi all. I'm well in my 3rd summer of regular OW swimming and a few weeks ago I finally got myself a watch that i can use to time my swims. Previously comfort, feel, straightness, etc were paramount...
Forum: Freestyle 05-25-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 2,142
Posted By boken
Oh, and what Ladyfish said

I was busy typing my post as Ladyfish was submitting hers so I didn't have a chance to link the concepts or avoid repetition. Clearly, balance and a patient lead hand are your keys to progress at...
Forum: Freestyle 05-25-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 2,142
Posted By boken
Hi Jon. Congratulations on posting some video. ...

Hi Jon. Congratulations on posting some video. Here are some of my observations:

In the few frames that I was able to see your arms under water (like around the 59 second mark) I saw that there was...
Forum: Freestyle 05-24-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 5,890
Posted By boken
Hey Andy, I know how it feels. I'm married to my...

Hey Andy, I know how it feels. I'm married to my swim buddy and he's what I'd consider a natural, plus he's a TIer. He never rubs it in and he'll not be a direct competitor in races because the...
Forum: Freestyle 03-31-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 4,389
Posted By boken
Looking pretty good, I think. Keep working on...

Looking pretty good, I think.

Keep working on your balance -- your legs and hips are low. Towards the beginning of the underwater video it wasn't bad, but they seemed to gradually sink as you went....
Forum: Freestyle 02-29-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 3,114
Posted By boken
Two things

Hi ZW. Congrats on posting some video and for having what seems to be a comfortable and coordinated stroke. I see two things that immediately came to mind.

Thing 1: you look up when you swim. Try...
Forum: Freestyle 02-17-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 5,256
Posted By boken
Hi Pascal. You look very smooth and comfortable...

Hi Pascal. You look very smooth and comfortable in your stroke. One thing I can see is that it appears that you begin your pull phase a bit too early. Like at second 6 in the video your left...
Forum: Freestyle 01-21-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 8,110
Posted By boken
We say hello as we pass by

When I'm doing well, the water doesn't feel much like anything. I'm not pressing on it and it's not pressing on me and it just lets me through.
Forum: Freestyle 01-20-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 3,355
Posted By boken
Hey Cat, it is good that you've sent in some...

Hey Cat, it is good that you've sent in some video. I have a couple things for you to try.

How's your superman float (not glide)? Your balance can be upset by a number of things already...
Forum: Freestyle 01-16-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 2,628
Posted By boken
Hey, this is Boken's husband. Thanks to everyone...

Hey, this is Boken's husband.

Thanks to everyone for their comments.

For background, and to keep rbs24h from not being fond of me, I'll say that I've been swimming for over 20 years, but I've only...
Forum: Freestyle 01-14-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 2,628
Posted By boken
First-time Video Post!! (not me)

Now caught on film!!

My lovely husband has decided to post a video for review for the first time. He's swimming in the 25 yard pool you may recognize from my posts. I've included multiple...
Forum: Freestyle 01-12-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 2,800
Posted By boken
Hi Jennifer. Thank you. I started 2 years ago,...

Hi Jennifer. Thank you. I started 2 years ago, next month. I could hardly freestyle before that so I started from scratch. Keep up a mindful practice and it'll come.
Forum: Freestyle 01-11-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 2,800
Posted By boken
Hi all. Thanks for the comments, videos, and...

Hi all. Thanks for the comments, videos, and suggestions! I'll what I can do with those issues you all pointed out. I'll be at the pool tomorrow. Some are things that I thought I had fixed so I'll...
Forum: Freestyle 01-10-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 2,800
Posted By boken
New Video for Analysis

Hi TIers, I have a new video for analysis.

It was taken a few weeks ago. The pool was incredibly murky again but we had it to ourselves so it was ok for a few clips.

I see a low spearing arm...
Forum: Freestyle 11-19-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,825
Posted By boken
On the breath, yes. There's a lot less commotion...

On the breath, yes. There's a lot less commotion associated with the turn to breathe so therefore I can relax the neck quite a bit more than before.

On the glide, it is hard for me to tell. I don't...
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