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by Victor Meldrew
Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: An apology
Replies: 4
Views: 1145

Re: An apology

Don Wright wrote:Hi "Victor Meldrew"! We 've missed you - wondered if with "One Foot in the Grave", you had fallen into it - best wishes for your recuperation - take it easy!


Hi Don I am trying very hard not to fall in! :lol:
by Victor Meldrew
Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:17 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: An apology
Replies: 4
Views: 1145

An apology

I have been unwell of late, spending most of time between hospitals, consultants, MRI scans etc etc :( That has meant I have had no time to visit this forum and I wanted to let people know. I have a period of recuperation on my hands now and then return next week for my next course of treatment :rol...
by Victor Meldrew
Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Post Video
Replies: 2
Views: 751

Re: Post Video

Hi

It seems that most people upload their video to YouTube and then post a link here.

Vic
by Victor Meldrew
Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: How should I train for 10k swims??
Replies: 6
Views: 3570

Re: How should I train for 10k swims??

Hi Gilly I would recommend improving your base aerobic capacity first and then move on from there. With the CSS you calculated I would suggest something like a main set of 15 x 100m off 2:00. The basic idea is to swim it in 1:45 and have 15 seconds rest so you may need a Finis Tempo Trainer or a mat...
by Victor Meldrew
Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:12 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Open or flip turns for mid-distance swims ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1458

Re: Open or flip turns for mid-distance swims ?

Hi Camy Try to set aside a session for practising flip turns only. In 30 minutes you can practise lots of turns and the improvement it brings will definitely help you. You will find in swimming that very often, less is more. I mean practising the correct things in the correct way will bring better r...
by Victor Meldrew
Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Weak Arm Action on One Side (Left)
Replies: 4
Views: 2731

Re: Weak Arm Action on One Side (Left)

Regrettably, Victor, one is self taught in all things swimming. The transmission of a highly skilled physical activity from a PhD level expert to a beginner is rather difficult and even more so in reverse. One is based in England and Olympic swim coaches don't grow on trees nor could one afford one...
by Victor Meldrew
Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:26 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Mr Smooth's elbows not so high?
Replies: 4
Views: 1445

Re: Mr Smooth's elbows not so high?

I have a related question. I have been told that when my right arm is released and coming out of the water the elbow is low. My left arm is okay. In some way this is odd to me, I am right handed, I would have thought the opposite would happen. Today on practicing the only way I could tell I was kee...
by Victor Meldrew
Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Weak Arm Action on One Side (Left)
Replies: 4
Views: 2731

Re: Weak Arm Action on One Side (Left)

Hi

I would be keen to know how you have been taught to perform the catch up drill? Could you let me know please as this is a drill I am currently studying, recording and trying to improve for swimmers.

Cheers

Vic
by Victor Meldrew
Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:04 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Crossed by doing a Crossover
Replies: 5
Views: 994

Re: Crossed by doing a Crossover

Vic, Can you explain more clearly what you mean about using the tennis ball? Dan Hi Dan My style of coaching is to make people "feel" what a motion is like. I currently work with age group swimmers from 10 thru to 18 and so technical talk will not help with the younger ones; doesn't alway...
by Victor Meldrew
Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:36 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Crossed by doing a Crossover
Replies: 5
Views: 994

Re: Crossed by doing a Crossover

Hi Manuel Without seeing you swim it is difficult to make a complete diagnosis....but I'll try and help. I think you probably have a balance problem in the water. If you watch a good swimmer they seem to just cut through the water with ease as if they are making little or no effort. This is because ...
by Victor Meldrew
Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:58 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Very wide pull, how to solve (film included)
Replies: 11
Views: 1968

Re: Very wide pull, how to solve (film included)

Hi

What do you mean by recovery? To me it means the arm coming over with a high elbow in readiness for the next pull. I have a feeling that your description may mean something else?

Let me know what you mean by recovery and then I can hopefully help

Vic
by Victor Meldrew
Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:58 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Improved Arnie needs help with sinking elbow!
Replies: 6
Views: 1241

Re: Improved Arnie needs help with sinking elbow!

Well the current arm movement you use will cause you more rotator cuff issues. A straight arm puts tremendous strain on your shoulder and if your first move with your hand is outward then it will add to the stress on your shoulder. Try the dry land exercises and you will see what I mean. If you perf...
by Victor Meldrew
Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:35 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: some "advanced beginner" questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1063

Re: some "advanced beginner" questions

2. Should the thumb of each hand be pressed against the fingers, so the hand is almost a cup? Seems like the pull would be stronger if it was. No, the hand should be relaxed as should the fingers. Do not form a cup or scoop, this is not correct and does not provide the biggest surface area. I prefe...
by Victor Meldrew
Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:24 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Improved Arnie needs help with sinking elbow!
Replies: 6
Views: 1241

Re: Improved Arnie needs help with sinking elbow!

Thank you for the detailed answer! I have limited range of motion in my shoulders/arms, but you think it's mostly a matter of technique rather than mechanical isuses? I would never want to make you do anything that you feel would make you go against medical advice. If you have a medical condition i...
by Victor Meldrew
Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Improved Arnie needs help with sinking elbow!
Replies: 6
Views: 1241

Re: Improved Arnie needs help with sinking elbow!

Hi Mikael This is a common problem with swimmers both new and old. I have covered this many times in other threads but here is a copy of the points you need to work and think about You need to learn the correct feel for the pull so try this on dry land. 1. Stand upright and put your arm (left or rig...
by Victor Meldrew
Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Open or flip turns for mid-distance swims ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1458

Re: Open or flip turns for mid-distance swims ?

Hi I am with Croc here, you must work on flip turns as they will save you so much time. The easiest way to practice is to dedicate a session or part session to turns only. Start just outside the flags, swim in to the wall and perform your turn. Push off the wall, streamline, 2 or 3 strokes then anot...
by Victor Meldrew
Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:46 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Very wide pull, how to solve (film included)
Replies: 11
Views: 1968

Re: Very wide pull, how to solve (film included)

Wow! That really is great news :D it means a lot to me that you took the time to post up your good news! So now the next step. Keep your sessions short and correct as this will ensure you maintain proper technique; one good length is better than fifty average ones! As your stroke improves and your f...
by Victor Meldrew
Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Highest stroke rate
Replies: 5
Views: 1241

Re: Highest stroke rate

On this clip, he's cruising (that's his easy pace) at 73spm. As a comparison, I'm currently conducting a serious stroke rate study with a bunch of folks, one of them has just swam 1:05 over 100m at 72spm, so. That is the same stroke rate as one of the youngsters I am coaching, he swims 100m in ~1:0...
by Victor Meldrew
Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Highest stroke rate
Replies: 5
Views: 1241

Re: Highest stroke rate

Hi Charles To be honest I was thinking more of just normal swimming. This poor guy did not have a chance of differentiating between sprinting or cruising, it was all he could do to prevent himself from drowning. Based on what I saw this guy was up at 106 spm and when you realise he does 100m in 2:56...
by Victor Meldrew
Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Very wide pull, how to solve (film included)
Replies: 11
Views: 1968

Re: Very wide pull, how to solve (film included)

The one thing you can do is to try and keep your hand/forearm inside your elbow. Thanks Victor for your analyze and reply. The above quote from you was a real eye-opener to me. I just thought that I moved the whole arm out to the side, but I understand that if I let the hand be inside my elbow it w...

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