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3/11/13 10:35 P

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Swimming Lessons Day 3 of 6: Swam about a yard today. Still a little fearful of the depth. Can someone please give me tip to get over this fear. Bless u

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3/11/13 3:45 P

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Yeah, long term goals are great for swimming because it's the "look back" that's truly amazing. When I look to see how many gains I've made in my technique over the last 5 - 6 years I can't believe how far I've come.

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3/7/13 12:38 A

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Great for you, I think the first steps are the hardest, but also the most exciting. I love that you set longterm goals. emoticon

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3/7/13 12:17 A

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I began swimming this week....today made my 2 day of swim lessons. Goal is to be in a triathon in 2014. im currently running 3 days a week and doing other workout. Today learned how to float on my back and faced my fear of being in 6ft of water...I'm loving it....

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10/2/12 6:58 P

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Sailor,
I had my first short swim workout today. My daughter got her first coaching job, LOL, and overall she did a great job. I was in the water for an hour but almost half the time was spent with her and I talking about technique. She was easy on me, encouraging me to do quite a bit with my short fins, which made me feel like I was actually moving forward. emoticon
I practiced my breathing on both sides, was corrected for lifting my head out of the water too far on my bad side, the left. This seems to be my biggest weakness, making me slower at freestyle than at breast. I tried just 8 50's of freestyle without fins, it took me about a minute and 20 seconds each then I needed at least 20 seconds break.
I did 2x 25 fly with short fins as well, making it much easier to concentrate on moving not just arms and legs but my whole body. I also did another 50 dolphin kick. My biggest problem was that I did not get my arms out of the water high enough even with making the one kick bigger, probably having done an upper body strength training workout yesterday didn't help.
My backstroke felt good but also very slow. I figured out the breathing rhythm, in through mouth, out through nose, which helped me to not worry about keeping arms close to body and splashing my face a bit.
Breast stroke is what I'm the most comfortable with. It feels smooth and relatively easy, just don't like not lifting my face up when breathing but am figuring out how to do it. It's my fastest stroke right now and still takes me about 60 seconds for 50.
I'm still distracted my minor annoyances like water in my goggles occasionally.
My one question is about the fins. They seem to help me to develop a better rhythm for freestyle and backstroke but then the feel changes completely when I take them off and try to swim freestyle without them and my kick is too slow. Should I use them all the time, some of the time, not at all, just for some strokes?
Would love your input. emoticon
By the way, I hear what you say about swimming being 70% technique. Practicing technique is fun for me, pushing myself hard is not.

Birgit



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10/2/12 6:38 P

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If you need any help with you stroke, I'm sure there's someone at the pool who can help you become more a more "efficient" swimmer. 70% of swimming is technique, the rest is endurance and mental toughness.

An average swimmer should be able to do between 2500 and 4000 yards per hour. If you are doing less than 2500 yds/hour then you're taking too much rest during your sets.

As for your butterfly... to get the right rhythm try doing your fly with only your arms letting your legs drag behind you. As you pulsate through the water you will feel your feet doing a little kick on their own. Later, as your stamina increases and you become more efficient in the water you can add the kick.

Good luck. Let me know if I can give you any tips regarding workouts, stroke mechanics, technique, drills or anything else.

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10/2/12 7:02 A

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Welcome! 3000 yards for a first workout??? That's pretty awesome!!

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10/1/12 11:56 P

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Welcome back to the pool!


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10/1/12 11:21 P

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Great you made such a good start. I guess at first just putting in some distance is great. I'm not even that far yet and will ignore time for now. I'll get wet tomorrow and hope to get just a few hundred free in with alternate sides breathing, left side is still a struggle. I'm also shooting for a 200 breast and back each and see if I can do 50 fly which I'm just learning. I also will try some kicking with short fins in streamline because with kickboard and head up my neck gets sore. Without fins I get tired almost immediately and hate the whole experience. I'm hoping my new goggles will keep the water out better than the last brand.
Thanks for starting this thread.
Birgit

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Good evening fellow swimmers,

Just got home from the pool. My first workout in more than 7 years. Felt weird to be back in the pool. Had to weight for the age group swimmers to finish.

Here is my work out for those of you looking for a starting point.

30 x 100 Free on 2:00 Total workout time 60 minutes Total distance 3000 yds

It's going to take some time to get back in shape, especially swimming shape.

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