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Old 03-08-2010
iainstatham iainstatham is offline
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Default help, i've started to sink!

Hello, wondered if anyone had any suggestions....

I've been doing the TI thing for only a couple of months, and though I was getting there and making good progress, but recently I feel like I've started to sink.

As I'm moving through the water and roll to breath I find I'm still a couple of inches below the surface of the water and have to reach up to breath...

I'm not sure if this makes any sense, but it seems that as I'm gliding through the water I'm sinking at the same time...which I don't get as when I started out this wasn't happening.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated

Thanks, Iain.
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Old 03-08-2010
andreasl33 andreasl33 is offline
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Difficult to say without a video, but I'd still venture an advice: Spear not so deeply (a 10° angle relative to the surface of the water should be enough). You might have increased your speed with better practice and spearing as deeply as you used to will drag your upper body down, causing difficulty getting to air, which leads to overrotation, a raised head, and instability.
One more thing you might try is keeping the head higher. Don't confuse this with raising the head to breathe. What I mean is: Make sure your upper spine is straight (and not curved forward/downward when you are swimming) and your breast is pushed out (don't exaggerate it, just as much as is needed to make your body as long as possible, maybe even look slightly forward, this might help you stretching)

Last edited by andreasl33 : 03-08-2010 at 10:41 PM.
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Old 03-09-2010
daveblt daveblt is offline
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Just to add; Also make sure your not pushing your head down,lean in to the water but let the head relax. Make sure to breathe early in the stroke and don't over roll any more than necessary .

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Old 03-10-2010
iainstatham iainstatham is offline
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Default thanks

thanks guys, been out of the pool for a couple of days, but looking forward to putting some of this into practise tomorrow...
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Old 03-13-2010
jonhurst jonhurst is offline
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Yep, been there! I was tucking my head, the net result being that the
axis you are rotating around is pointing downwards and your head ends up
underwater when you rotate. The trick I found was to maintain an
awareness of where the surface was in relation to the back of my head -
there needs to be a small dry patch where your mouth will end up after
you rotate. Don't, however, lift your head to achieve this - your neck
needs to be relaxed. The change in body shape comes from the muscles in
your lower back.
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Old 03-13-2010
krzych krzych is offline
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My experiences indicate, that you can make your position higher by experimenting with:
- higher position of the leading arm
- lower rotation (wider position of the leading arm)
- bigger amount of air in your chest

Also I would advise you to check if your leading arm maintains in the same position as in skating while you are taking a breath.
As the body in water behaves like a seesaw, you should also check what happens with your legs while your haed is sinking
(are your legs close to each other in the shadow of the body ? are your feet pointed ?)

When you glide for a while you start to sink because of:
- exhaling the air all the time
- losing foward momentum.

Last edited by krzych : 03-13-2010 at 06:00 PM.
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Old 03-14-2010
324 324 is offline
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Default Help

Hey Ian here's a tip .Are you pointing your toes if not you should.
And here is a freestyle website check it out

Last edited by 324 : 03-14-2010 at 07:47 AM.
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Old 03-14-2010
tteagord tteagord is offline
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Default I just learned how to floa

I was having the same problem and just kept working on skating drill. Then one day I realized my head was relaxed and when I turned for a breath, I felt very balanced; I felt like I was floating. I have always been a sinker and tried to float and now I can. I believe I was sinking because my head/neck weren't relaxed. Hope this hels you.
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