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Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 03-11-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 11,061
Posted By atreides
Coach Suzanne, I have the same problem as Alex...

Coach Suzanne,

I have the same problem as Alex but it might be more acute. Recently I had began swimming 50's in fins and alternating 25's without them. What I found out was that the dread of the...
Forum: Freestyle 01-11-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 14,514
Posted By atreides
How do you know that you are doing it correctly?...

How do you know that you are doing it correctly? Does the water have the thick feel to it? From what you are saying, it seems as though you are working on the timing of rotation with the catch. I...
Forum: Freestyle 01-11-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 14,514
Posted By atreides
I guess I have been confused as to what a...

I guess I have been confused as to what a "patient" catch is. I always thought that the anchoring motion had to be fast to trap water. I suppose that my slower motion could be anchoring slower...
Forum: Freestyle 01-11-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 14,514
Posted By atreides
I definitely agree with her water thickening...

I definitely agree with her water thickening statement. The question is how do you make that happen. Lately I have been minimizing my body rotation or at least trying to focus it forward. I think...
Forum: Freestyle 01-10-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 14,514
Posted By atreides
The Physics of the Catch

I'm not trying to be pretentious here but it has occurred to me that I really didn't understand what was going on during and after the catch. Specifically, I have wondered over the last two years why...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 01-07-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 6,315
Posted By atreides
Thanks for the tip, John. I think you're right...

Thanks for the tip, John. I think you're right although I'm not sure how to relieve the pressure. I think the tension is a vestige of the bad old days when I first learned conventionally. Plus during...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 01-06-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 6,315
Posted By atreides
Do you think by swimming really slow that you are...

Do you think by swimming really slow that you are actually developing a better feel for the water during the catch phase which is simultaneously improving your balance. One thing that I have noticed...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 01-05-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 6,315
Posted By atreides
I don't think it matters but that's just me....

I don't think it matters but that's just me. Here's why. I think that swimming by itself builds your core. As you know, I am a runner also. I recently dropped 30 lbs to help my swimming. I figured...
Forum: Freestyle 12-07-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 2,686
Posted By atreides
From what I understand, the EVF technique itself...

From what I understand, the EVF technique itself doesn't rely on shoulder flexibility as much as optimizing its effect does. That's why I believe the "steady" shoulder is so important. When you...
Forum: Freestyle 12-06-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 2,686
Posted By atreides
That makes sense. But how many swimmers actually...

That makes sense. But how many swimmers actually do it that way. Since most I see, use a sort of perpetual motion attack, they have to moving their shoulders back before they are anchored. I wonder...
Forum: Freestyle 12-06-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 2,686
Posted By atreides
Is a steady shoulder the key?

For some time I have been trying to improve propulsion. There are time that I would seem to jet through the water. I could see the cylinders on the lane buoys fly by when I breathed. This usually...
Forum: Freestyle 12-02-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 3,506
Posted By atreides
I think this is correct. The other thing that I...

I think this is correct. The other thing that I think increases speed is that the recovering hand can key your rotation. I found that I was rotating before I had set the catch. By waiting and...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 11-21-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 10,957
Posted By atreides
I guess I'm going to disagree with everyone but I...

I guess I'm going to disagree with everyone but I think "stroke thought" focuses you on what you are trying to accomplish which is propel yourself through the water. Since 90% of the propulsion comes...
Forum: Freestyle 11-20-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 3,676
Posted By atreides
I've sort of been working on the same thing....

I've sort of been working on the same thing. Knowing that no two bodies are just a like, means that the solution set for different people will be different things. However I wonder about something. I...
Forum: Swim Your Way to Health 11-15-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 4,877
Posted By atreides
I came to the same general conclusion. I have...

I came to the same general conclusion. I have always caught colds when doing heavy aerobic exercise. Couple that with losing 30 LBS and I should be a disaster area by now. But nary a sniffle. Well...
Forum: Freestyle 11-03-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 13,747
Posted By atreides
Not that you need my approval but on this I must...

Not that you need my approval but on this I must agree. The pool that go to shut down for a week. So I have been visiting another facility in the chain. At my pool, there are some pretty good...
Forum: Freestyle 10-18-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 2,199
Posted By atreides
I've been experimenting with my catch with some...

I've been experimenting with my catch with some positive results. But my input would be the opposite of "unhurried". If anything I would encourage "hurried" as the optimal strategy. Here's what I...
Forum: Freestyle 10-07-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 5,754
Posted By atreides
Not at first. This morning I started doing the...

Not at first. This morning I started doing the elbow circles exercise with the idea of holding my forearm back. My right shoulder seemed to be more flexible where as my left shoulder seemed to have...
Forum: Swim Your Way to Health 10-07-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 3,426
Posted By atreides
This summer I decided that part of my swimming...

This summer I decided that part of my swimming problem was that I was trying to move too much mass through the water. At age 57, I stand 6'7" and weighed about 250 pounds. I was by no means fat and...
Forum: Freestyle 10-06-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 5,754
Posted By atreides
I think you're right. At times I felt my legs...

I think you're right. At times I felt my legs literally flying up and my head felt the same way as when I have fins on. I never liked my head being way because there seemed to be water around my...
Forum: Freestyle 10-06-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 5,754
Posted By atreides
I feel your pain. But as an engineer (I think you...

I feel your pain. But as an engineer (I think you are an engineer), you need to explain why this is so effective. Is it just setting up a better catch or is there some sort of "ground effects" going...
Forum: Freestyle 10-05-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 5,754
Posted By atreides
Maybe not the moment that my hand exits the water...

Maybe not the moment that my hand exits the water but soon afterwards. Like I mentioned to flippr, it was like I was reaching for the water as soon as I finished the pull. I definitely wasn't leading...
Forum: Freestyle 10-05-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 5,754
Posted By atreides
I think that I do. My problem had more to do with...

I think that I do. My problem had more to do with starting my spear too early if that makes any sense. Rather than holding my hand back until at least it passes my shoulder I was almost reaching for...
Forum: Freestyle 10-05-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 5,754
Posted By atreides
Yes. He introduces them in lesson 6 and spends a...

Yes. He introduces them in lesson 6 and spends a lot of time on them in lesson 7. He show you a little 'exercise' you can do to get the motion right. However it is easy for me to deceive myself into...
Forum: Freestyle 10-05-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 5,754
Posted By atreides
Compact Recovery

Saturday, I experienced a first. I had someone video me with an Iphone. Putting aside my breathing issues, I was more interested in my mechanics particularly on the recovery. It was at the end of a...
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