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Forum: Freestyle 09-14-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 8,873
Posted By Ken B

I recently saw a bloke doing effortless no splash 11 strokes per 25m in my pool. The swim squad coach and the pool manager were watching with their mouths open. The manager said to me "I don't know...
Forum: Freestyle 04-25-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 19,275
Posted By Ken B
Thanks coach Stuart

If I lie like a log in salt water my feet float gently to the surface. I can starfish front and back. Since I found that all my effort comes from my core sea swimming is effortless. I recently had a...
Forum: Discuss Terry's Blog Posts 09-01-2017
Replies: 0
Views: 30,788
Posted By Ken B

Hi Terry,

big hugs from the Southern Hemisphere. I owe you. I found your book in the library one wet winter day when I was 67
. It is the gift that keeps on giving. I had been a keen but struggling...
Forum: Links and References 07-23-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 40,025
Posted By Ken B

ZT I've discovered that a squirt and rinse of the wash foam in the changing shed keeps my goggles clear for a whole swim. I've used the same goggles for two seasons, no problem.
Forum: Freestyle 11-26-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 27,399
Posted By Ken B
Hi Danny, I think it is as simple as losing...

Hi Danny,

I think it is as simple as losing posture. In the pool l don't let it happen but l'm back in the estuary, (Southern hemisphere) The water was dirty and rough today so I only ...
Forum: Freestyle 10-15-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 8,486
Posted By Ken B
You are right Stuart, I have been following ...

You are right Stuart, I have been following this post too. About 6 years ago a neighbour and very good swimmer persuaded me that I should reach further. Within a month I had badly damaged...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 04-20-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 6,604
Posted By Ken B
And now for something totally different

Easter Monday was a beautiful day here. There has been little rain and the river is clear. There was a big tide so I decided to swim at the sailing club. Sandy bottom, plus one metre of water, what...
Forum: Coach Blogs 01-22-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 14,364
Posted By Ken B
Thank you Stuart. Fionas arms don't cross of...

Thank you Stuart.
Fionas arms don't cross of course, but the kick seemed exaggerated.

Forum: Coach Blogs 01-21-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 14,364
Posted By Ken B
To Stuart McDougal, Kick timing 101?

Remember the early TI videos. there's one of Terry's daughter swimming in the sea and she is definitely cross crawling, big 2bk. Terry has steadily retreated to a modest toe flick since.
All summer...
Forum: Freestyle 04-24-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 9,614
Posted By Ken B
Forward impulse

Hi Talvi from the Southern Hemisphere.
I'm in no position to give advice and others do it much better. I desperately need a weekend of coaching. Most of my summer swimming is in a river estuary in...
Forum: Freestyle 03-12-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 10,439
Posted By Ken B

The other swim school are hot on tri breathing. they recommend just doing it for a fortnight, at least six swims, and you'll break through. It worked for me. I had breathed right side for 60 years....
Forum: Freestyle 02-17-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 9,614
Posted By Ken B
Slow learner

Tomoy, I have been on this TI trip for about 7 years. I have enjoyed easy swimming from early on but I've been aware that my speed was not good. I have worked on all the exercises and am happy with...
Forum: Freestyle 12-24-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 4,239
Posted By Ken B

This winter I took fins to the pool and swam with my legs held straight behind me. As I rotated I was amazed at the load on my opposing foot. Now back in the summer estuary I find myself thinking of...
Forum: Freestyle 08-01-2013
Replies: 102
Views: 35,525
Posted By Ken B

I'm enjoying this discussion. I am 74, with the usual age related challenges. If I'm to continue to swim into my 80's ease is my main mission. This winter I've been pushing gently off the end of the...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 05-18-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 33,957
Posted By Ken B


Speedskin appears to be the brand, Made in China of course.

Velocity Pro 2.2 is the model. I bought it from NZ mail order shop, Torpedo Seven.

Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 05-16-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 33,957
Posted By Ken B

I've got a 2 mm cheapee and I love it. Not too much buoyancy. good stretch, easy to get in and out of, moderate warmth, neutral balance, seems robust. Feel like I'm up front with the Brownlee bros....
Forum: Freestyle 05-10-2013
Replies: 55
Views: 13,182
Posted By Ken B

Charles your pull buoy freestyle exercise where you advised to rush the hip out of the way of the stroking arm is the latest timely advice I've got from this forum. I like practising it wearing pool...
Forum: Freestyle 04-21-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 12,244
Posted By Ken B

Danny, I agree that physics says we must anchor against something. It seems to me that in this exercise we are turning against the inertia of our thighs and legs. We have to isolate the core rotation...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 01-28-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 4,041
Posted By Ken B
Yoohoo Naj

Is Cook Strait in Feb. still on?
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 12-20-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 12,578
Posted By Ken B
Breathing left

Steve, I was you, but considerably older and set in my ways. The school which shall not be named are keen on bi breathing and recommend being stubborn about the transition. For a fortnight just...
Forum: Coach Blogs 11-26-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 6,728
Posted By Ken B


I find it easiest to set off holding my feet together and still. I initiate rotation from my hips. As Terry has said, it is almost impossible to resist a diagonal toe flick. Within a short...
Forum: Coach Blogs 11-25-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 13,949
Posted By Ken B
Thanks Toby that's what I understood, just...

Thanks Toby that's what I understood, just checking.

I had another wonderful swim this morning, top of tide, glassy calm, sun shining, water clear and 16C. Focussed on posture and feeling water...
Forum: Coach Blogs 11-24-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 13,949
Posted By Ken B

Coach McDougal, are you saying that everyone can float horizontally? I would like a poll of the forum to see how many of us can achieve this in all circumstances.
I've been a follower of TI for about...
Forum: Freestyle 11-12-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 3,658
Posted By Ken B
No kick too

Charles, with your permission, and ss, I took my fins to the pool and tried your rotation and unco drills, good fun.

Then I tried freestyle without kicking, holding my feet still and fins together....
Forum: Freestyle 09-25-2012
Replies: 57
Views: 21,353
Posted By Ken B
Dear Charles and Gary

I love your forum contributions. I would happily pay for your lessons. I would go without groceries for them. As a distance learner I trawl the forum gleaning helpful hints but progress would have...
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