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by The Dodo
Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Starting From Scratch
Replies: 4
Views: 3268

Re: Starting From Scratch

If "sinky legs" pose a problem, then it might be worth trying the "Pressing the buoy" idea (aka "Pressing the T", in which the top bar of the "T" refers to the collar bones!) - in order to get the legs up closer to the surface about the time you would expect t...
by The Dodo
Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?
Replies: 20
Views: 6750

Re: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?

I tried that fly "drill" of UW arm recovery. Initially - kicking as the arms approached the thighs - (think they might have been slowing down as a prelude to pushing forwards again UW) - only my head as far as the goggles came above the surface - so couldn't get an inhalation in. After a c...
by The Dodo
Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?
Replies: 20
Views: 6750

Re: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?

Have found that pulling the arms right back to the hips before doing a nice kick to help overcome pushing drag - (as the arms are recovered back to an outstretched stream-lined position again) in the US Navy Seals side stroke mentioned above - was not as horrific as I expected . OK so there must hav...
by The Dodo
Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Johnny Weissmullers perfect kicktiming and power distribution
Replies: 3
Views: 2490

Re: Johnny Weissmullers perfect kicktiming and power distribution

Your first pic showing Tarzan's left leg's transition from end of kick upbeat to start of kick downbeat, exemplified what I sometimes prattle on about - the lower leg bent back, possibly as much as 30 degrees, the sole of the foot horizontal - and because of the knee bend, some of the shin area bein...
by The Dodo
Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Breathing Issues, drills and progression
Replies: 28
Views: 8847

Re: Breathing Issues, drills and progression

Hi Woody! Hi Tanethra I would suggest you google "swim zero to one mile in 6 weeks" its a program by Ruth Kazeez. ...Get googling and start tomorrow it's also free "swim zero to one mile in 6 weeks" Woody I tried to follow Ruth's "program" about 5 years ago - but sadly ...
by The Dodo
Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:42 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?
Replies: 20
Views: 6750

Re: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?

... However, this is not the main issue while i swim sidestroke but i noticed that i tend to sink on my sides while reaching one of my arms out for the catch, with instead of being a straight line perpendicular to the pool, it becomes like a "U" shape perpendicular to the pool but not tha...
by The Dodo
Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?
Replies: 20
Views: 6750

Re: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?

Looks like "Swimmingly" has abandoned his thread - maybe that's my fault in being too "gushy" or OTT! :? Anyway I "resurrected" my efforts of some years ago at swimming the US Navy Seals "Combat Side Stroke" this morning - very clumsy at first. I re-learnt som...
by The Dodo
Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season
Replies: 201
Views: 37740

Re: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season

Surprised by your comment on time. In order to dig out some stuff about "pulling back to the thighs in breast stroke" (re "Swimmingly"'s recent thread) I looked at the "Combat Side Stroke" proficiency test for US Navy Seals - I saw that they are expected to swim 500 yar...
by The Dodo
Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:58 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?
Replies: 20
Views: 6750

Re: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?

Hi "Swimmingly"! This is the clip I used to learn this hybrid of front crawl/breast stroke/sidestroke - you might like to try it for a bit of fun - re the business of recovering the arms from back by the thighs! In the "sprint" version, shown 1/2 way through the clip, only one ar...
by The Dodo
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?
Replies: 20
Views: 6750

Re: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?

Hi "Swimmingly"! Re your queries/comments : - The Dodo wrote: When you are in stream-lined glide attitude, parting the arms to start a semi-circular sweep needs to be a gentle action - otherwise you are just pushing water to the sides instead of backwards. Also towards the end of such an a...
by The Dodo
Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season
Replies: 201
Views: 37740

Re: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season

Hi "cottmiler"! I had a wry grin at your post : - The problem with catch-up is that it takes over the whole stroke and embeds the wrong stop-start action. Paul Newsome does not favour catchup and once you are hooked on it, it seems very difficult to get rid of it . Once you discover the dr...
by The Dodo
Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?
Replies: 20
Views: 6750

Re: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?

Hi "Swimmingly"! "Shenaram" has already asked earlier if you've tried to recover the arms over the surface as in fly stroke! Go on :) - have a try since you seem to like the idea of pulling the arms back to the thighs! I did that when in my mid-20s, about the time of the separati...
by The Dodo
Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?
Replies: 20
Views: 6750

Re: Breaststroke with arm propulsion?

Hi, I realised that I have been swimming breaststroke in a way such that my arms provides a fair amount of propulsion in the stroke. Everything except the arm movements is the same. Instead of the regular pull where it forces the upper body to move vertically, my pull is more towards a horizontal a...
by The Dodo
Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Arm recovery
Replies: 2
Views: 2331

Re: Arm recovery

...Once the arms are free and no longer needed for any (often unconscioius) support you are truly free to use them optimally for propulsion purpuses...In actual swimming there often is extra support from the underwater arm that is beneficial and working together with the weight of the recovering ar...
by The Dodo
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: 2-beat kick position and drag
Replies: 7
Views: 3684

Re: 2-beat kick position and drag

Hi Ade! I know what you mean, but it is clear from shots of Shelley swimming freestyle 2-beat - that she has a great high elbow catch, and her kicks come at optimal times in relation to water entry of the recovered arms.The entry of a recovered arm into the water is bound to cause drag, so it is bes...
by The Dodo
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Swimming Low
Replies: 12
Views: 6675

Re: Swimming Low

I wanted to re-visit this thread and provide some feedback. I tried a lot of the tricks / skills and they gave me some benefit. I got down to swimming around a 1:52 / 100m split for a mile (I dont tumble turn to make sure I swim more per length). I decided to just go ahead and buy the Zone 3 buoyan...
by The Dodo
Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season
Replies: 201
Views: 37740

Re: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season

Site needs a bloody good cleanup, poor form from the moderators. It's more or less what we said a couple of months ago! The SS forum has gone well past it's BB date and the SS team are obviously "otherwise occupied". At one stage I suggested that some keen long-time member such as "c...
by The Dodo
Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Ideal body fat percentage for a swimmer
Replies: 9
Views: 3922

Re: Ideal body fat percentage for a swimmer

That drink seems a nice idea! However, do you bods realize that with the passage of years, your skin elasticity is reduced - so when young, you can get rid of a bit of tummy flab (it always seems to go there -"A moment in the mouth and a lifetime round the middle!") and look passably decen...
by The Dodo
Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: please comment my stroke
Replies: 23
Views: 4685

Re: please comment my stroke

I wondered about the "lift" one might possibly gain from that hand moving under the body action! Hi Don (you're Don with a new nickname, right?) , I don't really know it but if you look at Alexander Popov, there's actually some body lift while he moves that hand under the body. It's not t...
by The Dodo
Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: please comment my stroke
Replies: 23
Views: 4685

Re: please comment my stroke

Am still ruminating over the business of whether or not it's a good thing to bring the hand beneath the body close to the central axis around the transition from pull to push phases. :? The entry could be in line with the shoulder and hip and the curve inwards after an EVF catch, and then outwards a...

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