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Old 05-21-2016
sclim sclim is offline
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Originally Posted by fedup View Post
Just thought id maybe ask for a bit of advice.

Heres my quick story,

50 year old non swimmer who decided to give learning one last try.

Tried to learn in my school years but never grasped it, tried again in my 30s and got a bit more confidence to the point where i could do some very basic breastroke 'head above water', but never in water i couldnt stand up in.

Stopped swimming for a good number of years and then lost the confidence to even do the basic breastroke.

Decided to give learning one last try as i was fed up missing out on the pool on family vacations etc.

Much more confident in the water and again can somewhat do the basic breastroke 'head above water', again in shallwo water, but after about 10 hours of lessons i feel im no closer to learning proper breastroke or freestyle as i just cant seem to get my head out of the water between strokes to get a breath of air or if i do i still seem to take in water and that just causes me to have to stop after 2-3 strokes.

I dont feel like its a fear of water as i can keep my head under for a number of strokes, although i suppose i dont feel too relaxed either, quite tense during lessons.

Really fed up and thinking i should just stick with what i have which is the basic breastroke, better than nothing i suppose.

My instructor has told me to stick with it and it will come but i just really cant see it at this point.

Just wondered if anyone had any advice that could lift my spirits a bit?

Many thanks
You never said whether your instructor was a TI instructor; from the context it would appear that your instructor is not from TI. Seeing as how this is a TI forum, it might not be too surprising that I, as a TI student contributing his experiences to this forum would advise if possible that you get a TI instructor. My guess is that most other contributors would feel the same, and not just the TI coaches who contribute to the forum.

I was a very fit but brutal swimmer over the past few years who really struggled in the water. When I retired almost 4 years ago at 64 I decided to learn to swim and bike properly and compete in triathlon. I discovered TI on the internet and started on my own with videos, and I found it a real revelation. I have the worst body type for swimming (short stature, low body fat, and severe sinker -- or so I claim as the reason for my slow progress lol) and coupled with late in life swimming instruction found it tough slogging, but I have since connected with a live TI coach and now I have overcome my fear of water, and have completed 2 Half Ironman races with 2 more and a full Ironman to come this year.

So from personal experience I can advise that TI really works if you give it your full attention. But it's better than the sum of many, many moving parts, but the genius is that you get to deal with each moving part one by one.
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