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Forum: Butterfly 04-20-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 8,164
Posted By dwdvagamundo
Waiting too long?

Are you waiting too long? I think you should begin your stroke when you feel the water begin to force your chest up. In effect, you use the upward momentum the water gives to your chest and so use...
Forum: Backstroke 04-20-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 5,762
Posted By dwdvagamundo
Use your water bottle

The best drill for learning to keep your head still is one that used to be part of TI (or at least I think it was): balance your half-full water bottle on your forehead and then do backstroke kick...
Forum: Freestyle 04-16-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 7,126
Posted By dwdvagamundo
Good plan

I presume that you feel that you've wrung all the speed you can out of your present stroke length, so going a couple strokes per length higher is a pretty good plan.

For me, however, there is a...
Forum: Swim Your Way to Health 04-16-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 21,933
Posted By dwdvagamundo
There's something to this

I noticed this years ago when I had to temporarily stop running and began swimming six days a week instead of three. I immediately gained about ten pounds. I do think it's the coldness of the water...
Forum: Freestyle 04-01-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 4,216
Posted By dwdvagamundo


Just saw second part of your post. When you move on depends on whether you feel you are not making any further progress--not that you have mastered it, necessarily, but that you just not...
Forum: Freestyle 04-01-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 4,216
Posted By dwdvagamundo
Then don't kick

Then don't kick. Kick adds little propulsion and if you are more comfortable and balanced not kicking, then don't.

BTW--I'd bet that if we saw you swim, we'd see that you are "kicking" to some...
Forum: Swim Your Way to Health 02-25-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 19,388
Posted By dwdvagamundo
"Health Codes Require You to Shower. . ."

Agree with Salmenic. The sign that says "health codes require you to shower before using the pool" refers to your health, not those who might get into the pool after use by unshowered persons. If...
Forum: Butterfly 01-29-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 16,358
Posted By dwdvagamundo
One Arm Fly


I use it daily in my warmups. I find it's a good way to warm up for fly because it's easier on my shoulders. I think it also helps with timing.

I currently do "hand lead" straight arm...
Forum: Backstroke 01-26-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 11,028
Posted By dwdvagamundo
NY1301-- The kick in backstroke is a continous...


The kick in backstroke is a continous three-beat kick so there is no "still" period when you're truly gliding as in breast or two-beat kick free. But if you slow your arms down and bend...
Forum: Freestyle 12-19-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 21,391
Posted By dwdvagamundo


The best drills to get this point are underswitch and zipperswitch. The feeling is to focus on extending your non stroking hand as far as possible while trying to hold the "stroking" arm...
Forum: Freestyle 12-12-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 4,708
Posted By dwdvagamundo
Multiple strokes

What works for me is to warm up with drills for each of the strokes and then focus on one stroke or at most two related strokes (free--back or breast--fly) for the rest of the session. I've found...
Forum: Butterfly 12-04-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 7,238
Posted By dwdvagamundo
Try using less arm muscle

Try using less arms and more body; use the least possible force on your arms that permits you to get them out and back into the water. For me, that means feeling like I'm swimming slower although...
Forum: Freestyle 12-04-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 6,173
Posted By dwdvagamundo

Your elbow should turn outward (toward the surface of the water). BTW it helps to do this if you make the hand entry wide to begin with.
Forum: Butterfly 11-17-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 7,021
Posted By dwdvagamundo
Shuumai-- Thanks for that link. I tried this...


Thanks for that link. I tried this yesterday (first time I've been to the pool since reading your post) and it seems to help with SPL, if not with speed. The concern I have about it is...
Forum: Freestyle 11-17-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 13,333
Posted By dwdvagamundo
2 beat kick


In 2 beat kick, the legs don't do "nothing"--they keep moving, but kick only in synchronization with body roll.

Read the series of articles on H2Oustonswims. org website entitled "Bottom Up...
Forum: Backstroke 11-10-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 21,757
Posted By dwdvagamundo
Richard--Thanks for the tip on registering again....

Richard--Thanks for the tip on registering again. I was becoming very frustrated
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