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Old 12-30-2012
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Default Ted's swimming resolutions

OK, here are my swimming resolutions:
1. Really focus on streamlining and efficiency.
2. Return to the Swimming Studio for a follow-up clinic.
3. Swim in at least 3 open water swims.
4. In the Beach to Beach Power Swim- Finish in top 50% of the 50+ age group.

Uh-Oh. It is in writing. Best get to the pool.
Happy New Year!
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Old 12-30-2012
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I like to separate my resolutions, into daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.

Daily - Have better discipline at pre planning my sets and sticking to them

Weekly - Monitor my progress over 400m

(I pick this distance as its short enough to use the TT without getting annoyed with it and long enough that I should be able to make whole second improvements scientifically by working out the TT and SPL settings for each new target time.)

Monthly - Start to get an hour's coaching a month when back in the UK

Yearly - Enjoy every stroke in a 5K open water event, teach my 4 year old to swim without aids. teach my 2 year old to not drink pool water. :)
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Old 12-30-2012
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I'll share my 2013 Resolutions one at a time. I've always felt that the ideal complement to TI Practice is yoga practice. Not just because they're so similar in spirit, but because one of my primary life goals is to be strong, supple and agile at 85 -- and, should fortune allow it, beyond. Whenever I do yoga regularly I'm convinced that there's nothing better I can do on dry land to make that likely. I always feel better in body, mind and spirit when I combine swim and yoga, doing both several x a week.

Problem is, I fall out of practice and find it hard to resume. So my initial idea was to mark the calendar with a Y each day I did yoga for at least 10 minutes, with a goal of having at least 200 days marked by this time next year.

But as I wrote Small is Beautiful in my blog I decided to walk that back and resolve only to do yoga for 5 consecutive days, for a minimum of 25 min. Then build on that.

Thurs I signed up for a 10-class card at a local studio. I took classes Thurs and Fri. Taking classes has always been easy. Yesterday was the test. I prepared a lentil veggie soup for dinner, then while it was simmering put on comfortable clothes, and took my Enso Salubrion clock - which I use to regulate (enforce) writing periods - set it to 25 minutes and began doing asanas. After 25 minutes the tibetan bell chime rang and I was so thoroughly immersed I kept going for another 5 to 6 minutes. Three days done and I'll have my first 5-day string complete on New Year's Eve!

And that's just how achieving resolutions should feel.

And now it's time to set the Enso for 25 minutes and get back to work.
Happy New Year.
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Old 01-01-2013
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Worth doing a quick review of 2012 too I guess:

What went well:
1. Spent lots of time with the family. My number one priority and source of joy and fulfillment. My two wonderful daughters and my wife.
2. Swimming. Improved quite a bit and helped me relax and stay fit and healthy all year. Had lots of fun in my first open water races and at the TI workshop. In 2011 my back was so bad that my wife worried I'd end up in a wheelchair, but swimming and natural improvement/end of degeneration happened. I also finally saw a specialist and got an MRI. He believes the worst is behind me now.

What didn't go so well:
1. Work. Horrible. Unmotivating. Unsatisfying. A miserable means to the end of providing a paycheck at the end of the month.
2. Photography. Took only about 1/3 the number of pictures as the previous year. Got a few good shots. Somewhat related perhaps to 2012 being the wettest year in the UK on record.
3. Chess. Amusing diversion, but made no progress at all, lost ground if anything.
4. Wasted too much time on the internet. Just unproductive surfing or forum browsing.


Goals for 2013:
1. Spend lots of time with the family. My unalterable key priority.
2. Do something about work. Either find a way of restoring some interest and satisfaction to my present job or leave it for another.
3. Do some more photography, enter the Taylor Wessing Portrait competition with my photo of Lauren in Norfolk.
4. Possibly try to improve my chess a bit if time allows. Low priority.
5. Be more productive with my free time. Spend less time on internet forums. Read more.


Swimming goals for 2013:
1. Log all my pool sessions using my fabulous new Garmin Swim watch. Analyze data after 2-3 months to set some goals.

2. Complete my first 10k swim in May.
2.1 Just finish and swim well - not a trivial milestone, my longest previous OW swim being only ~3.7km.
2.2 In under 3 hours if possible.
2.3 The field for a 10k race is restricted to much better swimmers than the shorter distances, so any finish in the top 50% will be fine for my first ever marathon. 3 hours would do that in last year's field.

3. Do a few more shorter 3k open water races, and possibly include the DART 10K, as the calendar allows.

4. Experiment with pacing to find where my comfort zone is. My main aim is relaxation, exercise, and the enjoyment of swimming well. Speed itself is not a priority.

5. Start a swim blog to keep myself amused and track progress.

6. Become a TI certified coach if I can find the time and finances allow.

7. Help my 8 y.o. daughter with her swimming, as she's reached a bit of a sticky stage with the local ASA stuff.

8. Figure out what I want to do with the breathing thing.

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Old 01-01-2013
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For me I’m not really a big fan on setting calendar/time resolutions.

But here goes,

Continue to follow the infinite and joyous path of my two passions - swimming and playing piano. My plan is to create an environment where water and music are in harmony with a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Set realistic goals and work toward them, but not race against the clock just for the sake of completing or possessing them. To have the awareness of where I want to go, but honor and give my fullest attention to each step that I’m taking at the present moment. To free my mind with an open heart and look at life as an infinite journey, full of ups and downs, adventure, and fun. Be mindful of the present and realize I can’t change the past or control the future only the now
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Old 01-02-2013
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what a disappointment today! i work so hard to bring down my weight and take care my diet; unfortunately my screen health report today shows my cholesterol level is increased by 0.1 from 6 months ago. I took a test 6 months ago after a trigger from my younger brother's heart attack. The only problem i have is high cholesterol level (6.8 in total). The doctor has advised me to take a medication in order to bring down; but i took it only for a month then decided to go with strict diet and exercise. And i started swimming as my main exercise in Oct last year before that religiously doing brisk walk and jogging . I managed to lose my weight by 8kg/17pound and restore my fatty liver (due to high cholesterol) back to normal, before taking another test. i got no choice now but to take medication.

So what i should this year in relation to healthcare/swimming resolution?

1. I will be going for 5-2 diet; fasting/minimal calories intake on Monday and Thursday (starting t'row).
2. To maintain swimming exercise minimum 3 times a week
3. To be able to swim 1KM continuously and gracefully by end of 2013
4. Ready to swim in open water in 2014.

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Old 01-04-2013
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Default Yoga-10 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, or all day long??!

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Whenever I do yoga regularly I'm convinced that there's nothing better I can do on dry land to make that likely. I always feel better in body, mind and spirit when I combine swim and yoga, doing both several x a week.

Problem is, I fall out of practice and find it hard to resume. So my initial idea was to mark the calendar with a Y each day I did yoga for at least 10 minutes, with a goal of having at least 200 days marked by this time next year.

But as I wrote Small is Beautiful in my blog I decided to walk that back and resolve only to do yoga for 5 consecutive days, for a minimum of 25 min. Then build on that.
I want to discuss Yoga with you all...Maybe this should be a new thread, but I've been thinking alot about this lately and I saw an email from Terry discussing his New Year's Resolution regarding Yoga.

I have been getting back into Yoga the last few weeks. I do it primarily on my own for now. That's okay with me.

What I want to do is apply some core concepts of TI to Yoga. Namely, the notion of constant improvement and focusing on the activities that have the most impact. Surprisingly, there is no consensus regarding this.

Now, we can always discuss the purpose to begin with. Some people see it primarily as a spiritual vehicle and believe the focus should be on breathing, meditation, etc.

I think the discussion of purpose is important, but I am primarily interested at least for now, in the improvement of flexibility and also balance. Perhaps later I can get into the other aspects, but I like coming from the athletic perspective of increasing flexibility.

My questions revolve around, how much flexibility is ideal. But more important, how frequent and how long yoga routines ideally should be, and also, how much time should one spend in the poses.

It's funny to me how everybody is all over the map on this one. I'd be willing to spend alot of time on this, in order to achieve real results. However, I'm not sure that 2 hour yoga sessions are better than 30 minute yoga sessions. Of course, a Yogi might give the answer the longer the better. This reminds me of the traditional outlook on swimming that the harder you train the better. It's just archaic tradition and not based on empirical results. The idea of meditating on a mountaintop for hours on end everyday is not my way.

I realize that even doing 10 minutes a day, even if it doesn't make you more flexible, has benefits of lubricating the joints. That's great, but I want to develop a high level of flexibility that I can easily maintain later.

Some people believe in doing many poses for no longer than 30 seconds a pose, but I'm not sure this is the best way. I'm tending to think you do a few basic poses that you spend several minutes doing. Perhaps with repetitions, or perhaps with isometric tensing of the muscles.

What do you all think? I am also of the belief that Yoga and Swimming go together like Yogurt and Strawberries. But I don't like that there is no well-defined objectives or approaches.

Please weigh in Yoga enthusiasts. Perhaps we can create a Total Immersion Yoga Program!
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Old 01-18-2013
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what a disappointment today! i work so hard to bring down my weight and take care my diet; unfortunately my screen health report today shows my cholesterol level is increased by 0.1 from 6 months ago. I took a test 6 months ago after a trigger from my younger brother's heart attack. The only problem i have is high cholesterol level (6.8 in total). The doctor has advised me to take a medication in order to bring down; but i took it only for a month then decided to go with strict diet and exercise. And i started swimming as my main exercise in Oct last year before that religiously doing brisk walk and jogging . I managed to lose my weight by 8kg/17pound and restore my fatty liver (due to high cholesterol) back to normal, before taking another test. i got no choice now but to take medication.

So what i should this year in relation to healthcare/swimming resolution?

1. I will be going for 5-2 diet; fasting/minimal calories intake on Monday and Thursday (starting t'row).
2. To maintain swimming exercise minimum 3 times a week
3. To be able to swim 1KM continuously and gracefully by end of 2013
4. Ready to swim in open water in 2014.
The past 2 days, managed to break 150m barrier. Here is the set i did

4 x 50M
2 x 100M
2 x 150M
2 x 100M
4 x 50M

before doing the above, i did total of 1000M of drills ranging from superman glide to swing switch.

Looking to reach 200M in in February.
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Old 01-18-2013
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Well done!
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Old 01-18-2013
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My 2013 swim resolutions are mostly stroke orientated:

1. Master flip turns
2. Get right side breathing as comfortable as left
3. Stop bracing with right arm when breathing to the left
4. Get my 2bk more compact and streamlined
5. Swim with better posture (straighter at the hips through rotation)
6. Judge the metrics of my performances more subjectively
7. Continue to show others the practical and aesthetic virtues of TI swimming through example.
8. Maybe start blogging about all this here.... (this would require another resolution to not procrastinate!)

I'm not setting any swim time or competition goals this year - I'm just gonna swim and feel good!
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