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Forum: Freestyle 09-18-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 4,405
Posted By Mempho
It's 30 posts. I just recently got promoted. I...

It's 30 posts. I just recently got promoted. I was really bummed out when I passed 25 posts and remained stuck as a Junior.
Forum: Freestyle 09-09-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,894
Posted By Mempho
Good idea, I'll try that. I've tried separating...

Good idea, I'll try that.

I've tried separating 100s with a lap of backstroke but that throws my overall times off.

Has anybody tried the SportCount lap counter...
Forum: Freestyle 09-01-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 4,640
Posted By Mempho
I never thought about there being a 2:1 ratio...

I never thought about there being a 2:1 ratio between distance and sprint events, but I think you're right in general. In my case, I've never had any sprint, so the ratio doesn't hold for me. My best...
Forum: Freestyle 08-24-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,897
Posted By Mempho
Thought for the day

Craig Lambert, in Mind over Water, quoted in Getting Things Done by David Allen.

Rowers have a word for this frictionless state: swing ... Recall the pure joy of riding on a backyard swing: an easy...
Forum: Freestyle 08-12-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 1,874
Posted By Mempho
Breathing out through the nose is usual, since it...

Breathing out through the nose is usual, since it helps keep water out of your nose. But some people advocate breathing out through your mouth, because it helps you stay relaxed. Both methods work....
Forum: Freestyle 07-27-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,710
Posted By Mempho
Nielaro, I have the same sensation. The weight of...

Nielaro, I have the same sensation. The weight of the recovering arm as it comes up out of the water brings down the high side of the body, swinging the torso from one side to the other like the...
Forum: Freestyle 07-16-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 3,168
Posted By Mempho
Of course everybody progresses at a different...

Of course everybody progresses at a different rate, but for what it's worth, it took me 4 weeks to move out of the shallow end. That's 2 weeks doing basic drills, then 2 weeks working on breathing....
Forum: Freestyle 06-29-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 11,735
Posted By Mempho
Yes, if you're using a nose clip you'll breathe...

Yes, if you're using a nose clip you'll breathe in and out through your mouth and, of course, in and out through the snorkel. This means you'll be breathing in some stale air you just exhaled, but...
Forum: Freestyle 06-29-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 11,735
Posted By Mempho
I bought a Finis snorkel a few weeks ago, the one...

I bought a Finis snorkel a few weeks ago, the one with the more-or-less straight tube, not the Freestyle one. I haven't found it as wonderful as I thought it would be, but I find it useful for some...
Forum: Freestyle 06-27-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 8,099
Posted By Mempho
There's a lot to be said for CoachFlppr's idea. I...

There's a lot to be said for CoachFlppr's idea. I had an nasty kick that seemed to be throwing everything else off. So I quit kicking altogether, now just keep my legs streamlined, feet together, and...
Forum: Freestyle 06-24-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 4,284
Posted By Mempho
Fran, I had one brief episode of vertigo, not...

Fran, I had one brief episode of vertigo, not related to swimming. I asked my doctor about it and he said it was probably due to dehydration. "As we get older", he said (lately he seems to start...
Forum: Backstroke 06-18-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 12,107
Posted By Mempho
Great suggestions (better than my own idea of...

Great suggestions (better than my own idea of stringing a rope over the lane).

I used to veer always to the right. But practice makes perfect they say, and with more practice, I've perfected my...
Forum: Backstroke 06-16-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 12,107
Posted By Mempho
lol. I thought, well, if Richard can't steer a...

lol. I thought, well, if Richard can't steer a straight line, there's no hope for me. But Natalie Coughlin?
Forum: Backstroke 06-15-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 12,107
Posted By Mempho
Following a straight line

I've been attempting backstroke for about a month and I still can't swim in a straight line. I careen down the pool crashing from one lane line into the other. Any tips on how to follow a straight...
Forum: Freestyle 06-07-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 2,366
Posted By Mempho
Legs that float too high is a temporary problem....

Legs that float too high is a temporary problem. Swimming works your legs harder than any other part of your body. In a month you'll be amazed at how trim your thighs and butt are -- and,...
Forum: Freestyle 05-20-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 5,357
Posted By Mempho
bx: Thanks for the link to this great thread. I...

bx: Thanks for the link to this great thread. I hadn't seen it before. Wonderful, helpful tips.

Terry: Reassuring advice. I'll try your experiments tomorrow.

I've had a nagging doubt for several...
Forum: Freestyle 05-18-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 5,357
Posted By Mempho
How hard should you pull?

At first I just let my hand drift backward. Then I pulled back slightly, maybe with a 3 pound force. Lately I've been trying out the early vertical forearm idea, or at least started pulling with my...
Forum: Freestyle 05-18-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 4,050
Posted By Mempho
Chris, Welcome to the forum! Like you, I found...

Chris,

Welcome to the forum!

Like you, I found spear switch perfectly pointless and skipped ahead to swing switch when I started. Now, after about 3 months, I'm returning to spear switch. I'm...
Forum: Freestyle 05-12-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 3,246
Posted By Mempho
Lennart and Westy, Thanks for the advice. You've...

Lennart and Westy,

Thanks for the advice. You've correctly identified my problems. I'm working on balance and streamlining, making progress to be sure, but it's slow. Your suggestions are most...
Forum: Freestyle 05-11-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 3,246
Posted By Mempho
Hey, why didn't somebody tell me that swimming...

Hey, why didn't somebody tell me that swimming with a snorkel is a whole new skill! I almost drowned in the first half-lap. I went back to the locker room and grabbed my noseplugs. That helped, but I...
Forum: Freestyle 05-11-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 5,880
Posted By Mempho
Rob, if I were younger I'd almost certainly get...

Rob, if I were younger I'd almost certainly get laser surgery, especially if my vision was as bad as yours. But for me, cataract surgery is more likely.

When I had the lens in my right eye replaced...
Forum: Freestyle 05-11-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 5,880
Posted By Mempho
Here's my conclusion. 1. Contacts and plain...

Here's my conclusion.

1. Contacts and plain vision goggles.
This is a great solution if you wear contacts most of the time. I cut back on wearing contacts 7-8 years ago and now I find it too much...
Forum: Freestyle 05-06-2011
Replies: 190
Views: 67,884
Posted By Mempho
Rob, thanks for the Wiki reference. If I was a...

Rob, thanks for the Wiki reference. If I was a little confused before, I'm hopelessly confused now. In my case thats probably progress....
Forum: Freestyle 05-06-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 4,781
Posted By Mempho
My first thought was that this is just some pool...

My first thought was that this is just some pool nazi who's having fun throwing his weight around (I've encountered a few of these). But on reflection, I realized the pool I usually swim at is ringed...
Forum: Freestyle 05-06-2011
Replies: 190
Views: 67,884
Posted By Mempho
Rob, just a datum point: you asked if anyone...

Rob, just a datum point: you asked if anyone could walk and breathe comfortably in the swimming rhythm. Great question. I tried it, and had no trouble exhaling through my nose for 4 paces and...
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