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Old 06-24-2015
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So, I just wanted to do an update to this old thread. A sort of marker in the sand.

Namely, I swam 800m tonight. (I imagine cheering inside my head!)

This is my little endurance project. 4 weeks ago I managed a 400m, which I hadn't swum in over a whole year. Following week, 500m. Then 600m. And tonight 800m.

Observations:

1. I wasn't ready last year, technique-wise. Breathing was strained and unsatisfying because core wasn't really engaged, causing me to swim too flat (verified via video) and twist my upper body for air instead of "rolling like a log".

2. Much better grip on the water this year. But also, just using this to "feel" the thickness of the water as I rotate or corksrew past. After these latest swims, my arms and shoulders are fine and not particularly fatigued.

3. This one should have been no. 1. Rhythm! The only two things I'm thinking about are "core" and "rhythm".

Next goal is a kilometer, and then steadly onwards to a mile

Thanks for reading my little update,
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Old 06-30-2015
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1km continuous tonight. Get in! Sprinted the last length - fuel left in the tank

With cognitive stress too, as the other guy in my lane kept swimming into me.
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My suggestion is to shift to interval repeats of 100m at least every other practice, but even better 3 of 4.
See examples in posts 2 and 3 on my Summer Training Project thread.

I guarantee you'll make faster progress
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My suggestion is to shift to interval repeats of 100m at least every other practice, but even better 3 of 4.
See examples in posts 3 and 3 on my Summer Training Project thread.

I guarantee you'll make faster progress
Thanks for the pointer Terry.

I was indeed intending to move to multiple short repeats at about this stage.

Please understand, though, that this past 5 weeks has been my "dragon-slaying period". I have, after about 5 1/2 years, finally got the knack of continuous swimming and breathing without a buildup of tension and discomfort after a couple of lengths.

The fact that I now consider 100m to be a short distance is amazing

Add me to the list of people who've learnt to swim FS with TI!

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Welcome to a long and quite distinguished list.
I think of what you've accomplished as quite a bit more challenging, and meaningful, than the much faster times off younger competitive swimmers, who begin barely out of the cradle, and swim millions of meters under the eyes of coaches.
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Welcome to a long and quite distinguished list.
I think of what you've accomplished as quite a bit more challenging, and meaningful, than the much faster times off younger competitive swimmers, who begin barely out of the cradle, and swim millions of meters under the eyes of coaches.
Most kind. I had a bit of group coaching as a teen in the 1980's, but I couldn't manage more than two lengths FS even back then, so it's especially sweet to learn this in middle age.
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Old 10-29-2015
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bx, this is a thread I can relate to, thank you for posting. I'm about 5 years into self taught TI via videos and forum, started swimming only after retirement. I have swam 300M in the past but it was all effort. I have regrouped and refocused over the last year and am currently at 150M with little muscle or breathing stress. I feel as you have that I am just around the corner to swimming 400+ continuously. My journey has been one of turning focus points into repeatables, a long process, it hasn't come natural for sure.

I look forward to posting my successes.
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That's very cool, Eric. I think 400m is around the point where if you can swim that distance, then the road to longer distances seems acheivable and not shrouded in mystery. It's OK to be in the slow lane of progress. Making any progress at all immediately puts us in the 1% category of leisure swimmers who actually improve!

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Did a 1500m swim last week. Not quite a mile - I just ran out of time.
Didn't plan it, but I had the lane to myself, so I could relax properly.

I thought it would be fun to add this to my original "400m" thread!
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Did a 1500m swim last week. Not quite a mile - I just ran out of time.
Didn't plan it, but I had the lane to myself, so I could relax properly.

I thought it would be fun to add this to my original "400m" thread!
Hello Ant

My next target is the mile. I am curious to know what was your SPL and time for 1500M.

Many Thanks

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