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by Mike A
Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Cottmiler in Perth 2016
Replies: 15
Views: 3115

Re: Cottmiler in Perth 2016

Looking good, Cottmiler. Really nice solid core and good rotation, plus feet kept well in the streamline - at least, as far as I can tell from this angle. A bit more oomph in the pull and you could be really shifting with that form!
by Mike A
Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season
Replies: 201
Views: 18317

Re: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season

Sorry, I wrote it wrong, in the competition our times were 6:40 and 6:45. Oh good, that makes me feel slightly less inadequate - as I work towards getting my 500m time below 9:00. :lol: :D :D :D :D Check SharkFM's ex post, he explained very well, it may help you to swim faster, but needs patience, ...
by Mike A
Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Starting From Scratch
Replies: 4
Views: 1780

Re: Starting From Scratch

Well it really depends on what's stopping you making the distances. Do you have naturally sinky legs? Are you using a 6-beat or 2-beat kick? If you're not used to kicking, 6-beat can be very tiring and make you breathless, especially if your kick is not that efficient. A 2-beat seems like a more nat...
by Mike A
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Diet Problems
Replies: 4
Views: 1769

Re: Diet Problems

I've definitely found it has reduced muscular aches and pains - especially in the summer, when I was doing 6 or 7km open water swims quite regularly. I'm only doing 2km sessions at the moment, so I'm just drinking a 270ml bottle after swimming instead of a 470ml one.
by Mike A
Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Diet Problems
Replies: 4
Views: 1769

Re: Diet Problems

Swimming breaks down muscle; to build it back up you need protein. One of the best ways you can do this is to drink chocolate milk, preferably within half an hour of swimming. Studies have shown that this is more effective than many of the expensive protein shakes that are available! You will also n...
by Mike A
Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Riding high
Replies: 5
Views: 1526

Re: Riding high

Apparently the masks were essential to avoid sodium poisoning. There's a lot of salt in that there water!
by Mike A
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season
Replies: 201
Views: 18317

Re: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season

woody wrote:The drill that sorted me was double arm ( bit like 616).

That looks like a good drill - I will give it a go. I sometimes do a single arm like that, but breathing every stroke. I tend to need a lot of air because I overkick on those drills - would be helpful if my pool allowed fins, but it doesn't.
by Mike A
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season
Replies: 201
Views: 18317

Re: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season

Hi Mike Which watch are you using for the info on your graph? Hi Woody, the data is off my Poolmate Live, but I'm pulling it into a little Java application I wrote myself to summarise in 100m sections. I always meant to do more with this program, but unfortunately I've never found time to develop i...
by Mike A
Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season
Replies: 201
Views: 18317

Re: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season

Just remembered, the other thing that makes my 500s a bit slower is that I breathe bilaterally every other 100m. This slows me down a fair bit because I'm rubbish at breathing to my right - just can't do it without messing up my streamline. The difference isn't always as extreme as this example (gue...
by Mike A
Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season
Replies: 201
Views: 18317

Re: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season

Yep, that would be about 33s per 100m. That's a big difference from 9 minutes per 500, which works out at 27s per 100m. Pretty confident I could pass the sidestroke test. I can't say I've done a "maximum effort" 500m, as my focus is really longer distances - currently, I typically do 4 set...
by Mike A
Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season
Replies: 201
Views: 18317

Re: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season

nightcrawler wrote:Sorry, I wrote it wrong, in the competition our times were 6:40 and 6:45.

Oh good, that makes me feel slightly less inadequate - as I work towards getting my 500m time below 9:00. :lol:
by Mike A
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: 2-beat kick position and drag
Replies: 7
Views: 1959

Re: 2-beat kick position and drag

The 2-beat kick where you bring the feet back together between kicks is usually known as a "2-beat crossover" kick. I believe David Davies is one example of an elite who kicks with this pattern.
by Mike A
Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?
Replies: 20
Views: 3351

Re: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?

Breaststroke with hands pulling back to the thighs is only usually swum underwater. I think the problems with this style are 1) it makes it hard to get the hands back out front without creating a load of drag and 2) it makes the whole cycle slower, making the kick less effective and breaths less fre...
by Mike A
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: What age did you let your child dip into the water?
Replies: 3
Views: 1196

Re: What age did you let your child dip into the water?

Haha, sounds like you might be the Turkish Achilles, Nightcrawler! ;) We took our son to "little dippers" when he was a baby. Babies will instinctively hold their breath underwater, though they lose this reflex as they get older. Unfortunately we had to stop going because he was getting to...
by Mike A
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: for ow swimmers and Red Mist fans
Replies: 40
Views: 6214

Re: for ow swimmers and Red Mist fans

Best of luck for a speedy recovery. Good to see you're keeping the engine active. I'm afraid I tend to lose motivation when I get an injury or illness - and it only takes a few weeks to lose a lot of fitness!
by Mike A
Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:56 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: New device lets swimmers visually monitor pace & intervals
Replies: 7
Views: 945

Re: New device lets swimmers visually monitor pace & intervals

You know what I'd like for open water? A device where you could lock your bearing, then it would flash on the left or right if you start drifting off course. A sort of virtual "black line". I'd especially like it if it was hidden in your goggles so you could use it in a race without anyone...
by Mike A
Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: New device lets swimmers visually monitor pace & intervals
Replies: 7
Views: 945

Re: New device lets swimmers visually monitor pace & intervals

Indeed, sorry to sound negative, but I'm quite happy with the Tempo Trainer for pacing work. I think I would find this new device distracting stuck between my eyes (I find centre-mounted snorkels visually annoying).
by Mike A
Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: for ow swimmers and Red Mist fans
Replies: 40
Views: 6214

Re: for ow swimmers and Red Mist fans

i bet other than nightcrawler and myabe 1% of the people on this board other than the swim smooth guys have even done HALF that in a workout. Seriously? I don't think I did any workouts below 3k all through the summer. Did a lot of 5k pool sessions and 6k+ open water ones. Currently only doing 2k's...
by Mike A
Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: please comment my stroke
Replies: 23
Views: 2837

Re: please comment my stroke

I was in a pretty rough sea swim this summer. At one point I turned to breathe when the water subsided under me, and I very nearly rolled right onto my back! After that, I made sure my pull was a good bit wider than usual. I didn't have a problem after that. Ideal strokes are fine for the pool, but ...
by Mike A
Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season
Replies: 201
Views: 18317

Re: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season

I have the Finis Freestyler paddles, which are supposed to be more for hand-entry and alignment correction than power development (at least, the way SwimSmooth recommend using them). However, they do add a lot of surface area to the hand. I find I can't maintain my usual stroke rate with them on - I...

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