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Old 09-01-2013
Mike from NS Mike from NS is offline
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Mike from NS

You seem to have got all the elements in place now (or have I misunderstood?) and, if so, then all that remains is a question of psychology.

I agree with this Talvi. Now it is mostly all about "mind over matter" However ...figuring out breathing will be the breakthrough that will make the huge improvement that I seek. I had thought I was breathing late and followed the suggestions of an earlier reply with suggestions for breathing early. However, I found I was breathing early. But with more focus on that, and remaining relaxed, and working on all the other elements (being streamlined, balanced, patient lead hand, swimming slowly, keeping the recovery arm in motion, high elbow, hang the head down .....) I feel the next months will bring some improvement.
If you're not swimming; then you should be skiing......
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Old 09-03-2013
Talvi Talvi is offline
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Personally I didn't find any of the stroke etc techniques helped with the core issue: breathing. After finding TI, it seemed my stroke had improved relentlessly for a year, and yet I hit a wall of 100m or so after only a few weeks. It seemed I had to stop and get my breath.

However, when I stopped trying to micro-manage my body I discovered it had known how to breathe all along (actually these two steps came the other way around but the proof of the pudding was in it's eating). At the same time I learned to just "be" in the water, and stopped struggling to reach the shore/wall. Counterintuitively perhaps the result was I could suddenly swim a mile.

After that it's a new world. Now I can and do play with my technique to my heart's content (well until I'm exhausted anyway!). My pursuit is no longer distance (though I'm still fascinated by it) but the thrill of the enjoyment of it all. The better I get, well, the better I'll get! The joy, for me, is in the movement not in the destination.
A psychological disorder is: "Any personal construction which is used repeatedly in spite of consistent invalidation."
~ George Kelly

"The water is your don't have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move."
~ Aleksandr Popov
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Old 09-03-2013
Grant Grant is offline
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The joy, for me, is in the movement not in the destination.[/QUOTE]

Ah that is it exactly. "the trip is the trip"
May we swim with ease at the speeds we choose.
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