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Forum: Freestyle 02-26-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 2,098
Posted By PASA
I used the Easy Freestyle: 21st Century...

I used the Easy Freestyle: 21st Century Techniques for Beginners to Advanced Swimmers. It's comprehensive, and breaks down the stroke into easy-to-learn drills that build on each other. There's...
Forum: Freestyle 01-18-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 6,215
Posted By PASA
Finding balance - drills plus whole stroke = happy laps

I shared similar thoughts when I started with TI about a year ago. As a competitive swimmer in my youth, I learned to swim well enough, but when I decided to pick up swimming again as an adult some...
Forum: Freestyle 01-07-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 8,039
Posted By PASA
You may be "pulling" rather than using core rotation

I sometimes feel like I am pulling with my arms, which gives the sensation that I am using my shoulders for power. When my stroke feels correct, however, there is no shoulder strain at all. ...
Forum: Freestyle 12-27-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,953
Posted By PASA
Check out this thread

Coach Suzanne recently started a thread specifically on breathing and balance.

http://www.totalimmersion.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1878
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 12-09-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 10,187
Posted By PASA
Crippen email re protecting athletes 9 days before race

Here's a small news update on this tragic event:

http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/swimming/news/story?id=5896859
Forum: Freestyle 12-08-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 3,370
Posted By PASA
Some progress, much better connectedness

I'm not having much success with no kick - my legs sink pretty quickly and it's a struggle to keep them up if they are totally still (I've got pretty skinny but long legs at 6'3" and 180 lbs). I do...
Forum: Links and References 12-08-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 6,126
Posted By PASA
Practice trains the mind as well as the body

Swimming workouts, as defined here, are designed to work the body (heart, other muscles, lungs, joints, etc.) to achieve a physical health and/or performance benefit.

I would define Practice as an...
Forum: Freestyle 12-03-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 3,370
Posted By PASA
Thanks for the support mjm. Balance definitely...

Thanks for the support mjm. Balance definitely improves when I hold the correct arm position when breathing. The challenge will be to imprint this proper position through drills, which will take...
Forum: Freestyle 12-02-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 3,370
Posted By PASA
First strokes post video - slow, but a rewarding session

So last evening I swam in my usual 25m pool, and used my drill time to focus on the issues identified from my video. After a 400m warmup, I swam 12x25 doing switch drills, focusing primarily on: (1)...
Forum: Freestyle 12-01-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 3,370
Posted By PASA
Good form starts with balance

Thanks all for your very helpful comments. While I noticed some of the same items you were kind enough to point out, you did pick up on some subtle issues that I had not noticed.

After reading...
Forum: Freestyle 12-01-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 3,370
Posted By PASA
The camera doesn't lie, it reveals truth

This forum is a great resource, and I'm grateful to TI for hosting it and to the participants for their supportive and informative posts. I've benefitted greatly from this community, picking up...
Forum: Freestyle 11-30-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 4,859
Posted By PASA
Started TI with the Easy Freestyle DVD in...

Started TI with the Easy Freestyle DVD in February of this year.
Swam competitively as a kid through age 16, best stroke was breaststroke, then no lap swimming for 27 years. Decided to try...
Forum: Freestyle 11-23-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 3,990
Posted By PASA
Natalie Coughlin better than Phelps?

As much as I am in awe of Michael Phelps and his abilities in the pool, work ethic, competitive fire, ability to win under pressure, etc. he has a distinct God-given advantage over many swimmers -...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 11-22-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 11,304
Posted By PASA
suds, my first thought upon reading your post was...

suds, my first thought upon reading your post was that TI is itself following the principle of Kaizen - continuous improvement - as it has evolved over the years in seeking the best ways to help...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 11-22-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 11,304
Posted By PASA
A vote for stroke thought

I picked up TI less than a year ago when I bought the Easy Freestyle DVD, so I've heard the term "Stroke Thought" more than focal point, so that may have biased me a bit in favor of Stroke Thought. ...
Forum: Links and References 11-16-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 9,240
Posted By PASA
Richardsk, this was quite an amazing experience...

Richardsk, this was quite an amazing experience for both the kids and the parents who stuck around after drop off. Most people, adults and children alike, seemed to have what a Disney cast member...
Forum: Links and References 11-15-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 9,240
Posted By PASA
Another view of Phelps swimming effortlessly

Another video you might find interesting. I shot this about a year ago at a surprise visit Michael Phelps paid to my kids' swim team. He jumps in at about :34 and the "race" begins at about...
Forum: Swim Your Way to Health 11-14-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 5,043
Posted By PASA
Smile A swim a day keeps the doctor away

So does Total Immersion = Total Immunization? :)
Forum: Freestyle 11-12-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 10,661
Posted By PASA
Inspiring exercise, plus home video of Michael Phelps

This discussion inspired me to test myself yesterday on SPL for 25m, and the results were incredible, not because of a low score (11 was my best), but because of the way I felt in my main set...
Forum: Swimming In Triathlon 11-10-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 10,200
Posted By PASA
The Easy Freestyle manual in the Free Stuff section is great

In addition to viewing the lessons on the video and making notes to put in a ziplock bag for the pool deck, as flppr suggests, I suggest printing and reading the Easy Freestyle manual that is...
Forum: Freestyle 11-09-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 8,516
Posted By PASA
From another newbie to TI (about 9 months), for...

From another newbie to TI (about 9 months), for what it's worth, I would suggest that you slow down your stroke rate when swimming whole stroke and spend more time focused on core balance drills,...
Forum: Freestyle 10-25-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 2,396
Posted By PASA
There might be something to this, though I suspect it's largely "in your head."

I sometimes wear a cap, usually when I use a TT (I just shove it under the cap and my goggle strap holds it in place against my head). One sensation I get is that my head feels a tiny bit lighter,...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 10-25-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 10,187
Posted By PASA
Hashu33 - you made some very valid points in your...

Hashu33 - you made some very valid points in your piece about personal responsibility and the inherent risk in just living. Totally agree we all need to understand that we are all going to die at...
Forum: Freestyle 10-24-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 6,134
Posted By PASA
A little of both, which I guess makes me an A

I'm fairly new to TI (started in January), and still do drills as a part of about half my swim sessions. In these workouts, I'll warm up for a few minutes (400-500 yards or meters), then do 200-400...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 10-24-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 10,187
Posted By PASA
Very sad news. This story, and the recent fatal...

Very sad news. This story, and the recent fatal shark attack on a body surfer only 100 yards from shore at a beach near Santa Barbara are reminders of how precious and fragile life is, and the risks...
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