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by sterlingtimes
Wed Oct 08, 2014 1:56 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Bubble, bubble, gasp, bubble, bubble, nothing (Bilateral)
Replies: 4
Views: 1420

Re: Bubble, bubble, gasp, bubble, bubble, nothing (Bilateral)

Thank you again, Don. I have been working on your advice. In fact, I have been practicing bilateral swimming since 12 April (six months). That's rather more than the few weeks that Swim Smooth suggests. But I am still an elementary swimmer struggling to break 2 minutes per 100 metres. I think that y...
by sterlingtimes
Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:57 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Bubble, bubble, gasp, bubble, bubble, nothing (Bilateral)
Replies: 4
Views: 1420

Re: Bubble, bubble, gasp, bubble, bubble, nothing (Bilateral)

Is that because you haven't exhaled sufficiently after inhaling on your "happy side", and not really ready to inhale when time comes around to inhale on your left side (i.e. too blown up with stale air still)? How about trying to inhale on every 5th arm stroke - giving you lots of time fo...
by sterlingtimes
Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Bubble, bubble, gasp, bubble, bubble, nothing (Bilateral)
Replies: 4
Views: 1420

Bubble, bubble, gasp, bubble, bubble, nothing (Bilateral)

After many weeks of bilateral swimming, I can feel a heavy air intake on the right rotation but it is almost as though I am not breathing on the left rotation.

Any ideas, please, how to correct this?
by sterlingtimes
Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Calories
Replies: 8
Views: 5307

Calories

I found a calculator at the follow site that calculate the number of kilocalories used in swimming. http://www.swimmingcalculator.com/swim_calories_calculator.php My result is this: http://www.sterlingtimes.org/swimming.gif Is the answer of 822 kcal reliable for every swimmer (arnie, overglider, smo...
by sterlingtimes
Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Defintion of "intermediate" swimming
Replies: 9
Views: 9175

Re: Defintion of "intermediate" swimming

The terms is defined here: http://www.swimsmooth.com/intermediate.php I think it is a matter of character disposition that makes some of us to be guided by numbers and classifications. With an ISTJ phycometric profile, numbers are everything: weight, body mass index, blood pressure, heart rate, bloo...
by sterlingtimes
Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Defintion of "intermediate" swimming
Replies: 9
Views: 9175

Defintion of "intermediate" swimming

Intermediate is simply defined as "1:30 to 2:10 speed range when you swim 100m".

Are adjustments made for the duration of the swim, for age and other factors?

If at the age of 57, I can average 2:23 per 100 metres over the course of a 60 min swim, am I a beginner or an intermediate?
by sterlingtimes
Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: overglider sheet vs the book
Replies: 8
Views: 1475

Re: overglider sheet vs the book

The book is very helpful. I find it extremely difficult to learn from watching other people swimming so DVDs do not work well for me. I like this textual approach that says: this is what you should so and this is how it feels like. One other swimming guru on Youtube uses a white board to explain tec...
by sterlingtimes
Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:06 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: hand and wrist pain
Replies: 6
Views: 2937

Re: hand and wrist pain

Dear Erica I am enduring a similar set of circumstances with both of my hands. Like you, I swim, ride horses and do a lot of keyboard and computer work. I have suffered the pain for some time but it has worsened recently. I now have pain in my thumb, ring finger and middle finger. I'm finding it mor...
by sterlingtimes
Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:25 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Proper Pool Etiquette
Replies: 7
Views: 1827

Re: Proper Pool Etiquette

This wouldn't even be a starter for where I swim at the Village Hotel in Coventry. We have to contend with slow swimmers and slow walkers, sometimes three abreast, blocking two to three lanes. Talking is often the principal activity. And talking whilst swimming is very much in vogue. The best trick ...
by sterlingtimes
Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:12 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: pt paddles vs freestyle paddles
Replies: 7
Views: 2334

Re: pt paddles vs freestyle paddles

Do these Darkfins from Firebox make any sense?

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by sterlingtimes
Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Learning to swim as a child
Replies: 6
Views: 1767

Re: Learning to swim as a child

That's interesting to have found another Rolfe Streeter here. Alternatives were Thimblemill, Langley and Harborne. The metal rails around pools were like scaffolding poles. Presumably they were removed later for safety reasons. Later the tough shaped ceramic provided a similar function. Modern swimm...
by sterlingtimes
Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:11 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: When does the elbow bend begin BEFORE the catch?
Replies: 4
Views: 1587

Re: When does the elbow bend begin BEFORE the catch?

Thank you, cottmiler, that is a very useful posting. I'll keep that one on file.

Mrs Sterlingtimes says that I study swimming like I study law. She say, "nobody makes notes about swimming and keeps them on file".
by sterlingtimes
Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:00 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Deadspots and gliding
Replies: 4
Views: 1356

Re: Deadspots and gliding

Markus: It's not easy for an amateur to know what to think or believe in. In many ways, I feel the same. I'm a 55 year old leisure swimmer. I started trying to learn some technique nine months ago. The variations of approaches of the swim coach gurus provided collateral for experimentation. I read ...
by sterlingtimes
Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Kicking from the hip (with the 2 beat kick)
Replies: 6
Views: 1877

Re: Kicking from the hip (with the 2 beat kick)

Thank you, Paul. I can hardly wait for the Kick Master Class DVD (-:a So it appears that if a tiny two beat kick achieves rotation adequately, there is no benefit in doing a medium kick or an enormous kick. And it does seem that a tiny kick does the job. Howeever , I personally feel that a bigger ki...
by sterlingtimes
Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Kicking from the hip (with the 2 beat kick)
Replies: 6
Views: 1877

Re: Kicking from the hip (with the 2 beat kick)

Thank you for posting the Shelly video. It make me think that I am aiming to kick correctly. It seems so much easier to bend the lower leg upwards in water rather than lifting the whole leg at the hip. Is the objective the kick just to achieve rotation, or is the strength of the rotation important? ...
by sterlingtimes
Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:50 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Learning to swim as a child
Replies: 6
Views: 1767

Learning to swim as a child

I learned to swim in the 60s as a child at the Victorian, Rolfe Street Baths, in Smethwick, England (pictured below). http://www.bclm.co.uk/images/rolfestreet.jpg The quite extraordinary thing is that Rolfe Street building is no longer in Smethwick but at the Black Country Living Museum many miles a...
by sterlingtimes
Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:22 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Kicking from the hip (with the 2 beat kick)
Replies: 6
Views: 1877

Kicking from the hip (with the 2 beat kick)

Moving on from timing issues, some strength seems to be required to raise the weight of the leg from the hip to allow it to fall again (that is without substantially bending the knee). I feel that I need to stretch and tension my leg to achieve the lift from the hip. Presumably, a young athletic typ...
by sterlingtimes
Tue May 31, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Head looking down while torso rotates
Replies: 5
Views: 1708

Re: Head looking down while torso rotates

Thank you for the Waltz. Very good! So, for sure, when we do not breath we have to rotate our heads. The two beat kick therefore requires three rightward or three leftward actions. A r ight pull requires a right kick and a rightward rotation of the head . It feels better to make a positive effort to...
by sterlingtimes
Tue May 31, 2011 10:07 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Ape index
Replies: 10
Views: 2453

Re: Ape index

Mrs Sterling and I are both 5 foot eleven inches tall when we stand up. When we sit side-by-side in a car, Mrs Sterling is far shorter than me. Mrs Sterling goes to Long Tall Sally to buy jeans and trousers because her legs are so long. I have to buy my shirts from T M Lewin (3" longer than nor...
by sterlingtimes
Sun May 29, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Head looking down while torso rotates
Replies: 5
Views: 1708

Head looking down while torso rotates

It is as though the head is fixed in a vice while the body rotates?

Or does the neck rotate counter to the body rotation to keep the head looking down?

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