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Old 01-16-2011
DD_l_enclume DD_l_enclume is offline
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From Lou's Blog--no kicking during the glide
"Take five strokes and go into a glide position that has one hand anchored at 45-degrees in front of you, the other hand resting lightly on your hip, your head in line with your body and looking up so you can breathe, and NO KICK.

Let us know how the stone skipping goes. Most find it not so easy. mjm
I'm not sure I understand the glide position Lou's refering to.
Is it the skating position ?
How can you skate and look up to breath at the same time ?



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Lou's line about drop kicking the moron with the pull buoy in the next lane is priceless.

Could someone please translate "drop kicking the moron" to a non native english speaker like me ?



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Old 01-16-2011
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A dropkick is kind of kick in Rugby (and American football, I think) in which the ball is dropped and kicked just as it hits the ground. A dropkick that crosses the bar between the posts used to score four points in Rugby but now scores only three.

It is also, I believe, a kick in all-in wrestling in which the attacker launches himself feet first across the ring and strikes his opponent in the chest. If he misses, he can fly out of the ring completely, which provides amusement for the spectators and his opponent.

A moron is a person of low intelligence, an imbecile or idiot.

I think this is what Lou Tharp means because you could hardly pick up a swimmer and kick him over the bar between the posts.

Here is a link to the Wikipedia article on the dropkick in wrestling
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dropkick
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Old 01-16-2011
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I'm not sure I understand the glide position Lou's refering to.
Is it the skating position ? YES
How can you skate and look up to breath at the same time ? Turn your head to the side to breathe.DD
Explaining a joke makes it less funny, so, "drop kicking the moron" means picking up the stupid person with a pull buoy in the next lane, letting the person drop, then at that moment kicking that person.

Lou means it in this sense: practice the drill so much and so often that you FEEL like but do not actually hurt the person with a pull buoy in the next lane.

I like the drill because it focuses on side balance. When I first started this drill I always ended belly up, like a dead fish.

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Old 01-16-2011
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I had the same problem. Coach Suzanne's thread on breathing and balance really helped me:

http://www.totalimmersion.net/forum/...ead.php?t=1878

What's the band around your legs for?
Getting a 404 not found error for the link. Could you please post
a working url?
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Getting a 404 not found error for the link. Could you please post a working url?
This is likely what you're after.

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Old 02-18-2011
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Thanks Borate!!

Tht was what I was looking for!!
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Old 02-19-2011
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Coach Gary helped me with this when I was in Boca. I was spearing too low with my lead hand on my breath and while I thought I was being patient with the lead hand, I wasn't.

He gave me this exercise to help me realize/understand that I really wasn't leaving that lead hand out there as long as I should have been. Try this:

Start a whole stroke, but instead of keeping your arms out on the wide plane, bring them together so that you brush thumbs on each non-breathing stroke. As easy as this sounds, it took me at least 2 lengths of the pool to be able to consistently brush my thumbs.

I'd be interested to know if this helps you too.

Cyndi
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