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Forum: Freestyle 01-20-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 3,388
Posted By CoachBillL
TI Philadelphia

I agree, Suzanne! I'm in Philadelphia, and coaching again after an enforced sabbatical. See under "Find a coach."

The Liquid Lifestyles workshop in Radnor is in a shallow pool, with excellent...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 05-25-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 3,684
Posted By CoachBillL
Gutsy Aussie

Have a look at: -- anybody who swims in deep water has to have a certain...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 02-22-2013
Replies: 0
Views: 3,421
Posted By CoachBillL
Looking for Long Island-area kayakers

A swimming buddy and I are hoping to do the "Great Cross Bay Swim" off Long Island in July. The thing is, every swimmer has to bring her or his own kayaker, and they have to know what they are doing...
Forum: Links and References 01-25-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 3,117
Posted By CoachBillL
Beautiful dolphin video

My only excuse for posting this -- -- is that a dolphin is in TI's logo, and that it is pretty amazing:...
Forum: Links and References 01-16-2013
Replies: 0
Views: 3,047
Posted By CoachBillL
TI inspiration

Great story in yesterday's NYT about elite athletes ( with this from Natalie Coughlin:

Like many distance swimmers...
Forum: Freestyle 10-02-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 10,571
Posted By CoachBillL
Thicker water happens

I first heard about "thicker water" from Terry in open water camp four years ago. I think it is like satori -- to be experienced, not sought for. Terry's stroke thought was to hold onto the water "as...
Forum: Freestyle 09-08-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 6,771
Posted By CoachBillL
Serious reply

This is not a funny problem. I had it myself for a while, and I had a student who would end up on the deck after 1,000 yards with a swollen belly. I don't think it has anything to do with having...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 08-20-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 4,046
Posted By CoachBillL
dealing with cramps

Cramps happen, in my experience, when you're swimming further than you're used to, and/or if you're swimming in colder water than usual. They can also happen if you're getting tired and stressing...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 08-16-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 38,111
Posted By CoachBillL
Another view on snorkels

I dislike snorkels. I would almost say I hate snorkels. I have a number of students who struggle with breathing (like many of us) -- they try a snorkel, and tra-la, the problem goes away. They say,...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 08-09-2012
Replies: 0
Views: 3,162
Posted By CoachBillL
Fran Crippen remembered

A feature in today's Philadelphia Inquirer on Fran Crippen and the (so far unavailing) efforts by his family and teammates to get FINA to tighten safety standards for open water races --...
Forum: Butterfly 07-27-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 6,200
Posted By CoachBillL
Cool Vollmer pix

Really nice underwater video and motion capture of Dana Vollmer's stroke in today's Times Online:...
Forum: Backstroke 07-21-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 6,793
Posted By CoachBillL
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Forum: Backstroke 07-21-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 6,793
Posted By CoachBillL
Lochte's beautiful catch

Sensational photograph of Brian Lochte's backstroke catch on one of the Time covers for this week -- look at that streamline! And that hand position!
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 07-15-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 9,162
Posted By CoachBillL
Great 2BK focus!

Terry, that stroke thought about the kick -- feeling the upper torso meet the water and coordinating the streamlined kick to that -- is the best new one I've heard in years. I've been doing it myself...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 07-15-2012
Replies: 0
Views: 3,256
Posted By CoachBillL
recommended OW swim

I swam yesterday in the Maryland Swim for Life in the Chester River, five miles or so from Chestertown, Maryland -- really a beautiful swim: pretty place out in the country, clean salty river, and...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 06-23-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 14,879
Posted By CoachBillL
Guiding blind swimmers in OW

I was waiting this morning to do a tri swim in the Schuylkill River for a relay team of (other than me) wheelchair athletes and started talking with a blind runner who is interested in open water...
Forum: Freestyle 05-07-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 3,780
Posted By CoachBillL

There's the dvd First Strokes, which is good, but not exactly intended to be a how-to. I wish that Dave Cameron, and/or Cari Laughlin, and/or Kevin Millerick (this is just who I happen to know...
Forum: Links and References 04-17-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 3,979
Posted By CoachBillL
Murray Rose --TI Pioneer?

I was intrigued to read the following in the Times obit for the great Australian swimmer Murray Rose: "Rose's special signature was... a split-second pause that occurs as he leans on his extended...
Forum: Freestyle 03-20-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 4,230
Posted By CoachBillL
10 lesson

First Strokes is really about little kids; you definitely want the 10-lesson dvd. It's very good - but a live coach is better -- fly or drive to a workshop and save a lot of time and effort!
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 03-17-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 6,774
Posted By CoachBillL
Pool toys

Terry has a series of blog posts with very thorough and judicious discussions of all the different toys, or "tools"; the one on paddles is dated December 26, 2010...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 03-09-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 4,537
Posted By CoachBillL
Post-recovery practice


Have you tried to change anything about your stroke after your time off from swimming? That is, are you doing anything particularly intended to avoid re-fraying your supraspinatus and...
Forum: Freestyle 02-17-2012
Replies: 67
Views: 35,676
Posted By CoachBillL
Nodding drill note

I guess we don't fuss too much in TI about who invented what, but -- I am fairly certain that Brian Vande Krol originated the brilliant nodding drill, sometime before April, 2008, when I saw him...
Forum: Freestyle 02-16-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 9,643
Posted By CoachBillL
TI terminolgy

Suzanne, James Murdoch, who makes Endless Pools, has complained to me several times (in a genial way) about the opaqueness of TI terminology to swimmers who haven't had TI instruction; basic terms...
Forum: Freestyle 02-16-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 7,223
Posted By CoachBillL
Laser-lead rotation

I've done this drill a fair amount myself since Terry's "speed camp" in Florida; he repeatedly pointed out my strong tendency to over-rotate, especially to the right side (probably my only point of...
Forum: Links and References 11-24-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 4,612
Posted By CoachBillL
Swimming history

For anyone with an interest in the evolution of the freestyle stroke, I recommend the short film “Taris,” about a French champion of the 1930’s ( It’s by a...
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