My name is Barry. I am 56, and I am trying to learn the freestyle so I can do triathlons. I have been a fairly functional sidestroker out in the lake, but I have never developed any technique for efficient swimming! I am looking forward to learning from this great site!
My name is Krzysiek, I'm 33 years old and swimming has been my passion for about 6 years. I've been reading Swimsmooth website and forum for some time, and finally decided it is time to join and maybe ask for some guidance to my stroke.
My name is Lucas and I'm from Poland. I've been swimmer for 16 years (with 5 years break ). Now I'm swimming teacher and beginning coach too. I'm interested in swimming technique and that's my big passion.
I hope you'll give me some useful guidelines and I'll help you too
I am a level 2 Tri coach, but have not coached in Tri for about 7-8 years. Decided to return back to tri coaching. Have been following swim smooth for some time, have brought their book and attended a BTF organised swim smooth presentation late last year to update my self on changes.
The Mr Smooth FS Demo is great.
Hi I am IanAdam Young wrote:Welcome to the Swim Smooth forum - why not quickly introduce yourself and say hi?
Interesting question, if you swim and your stomach is tight is that because you are not relaxing. If I use the float between the legs its fantastic not tight and not tired at the end!. I do the sink downs a treat so would seem breathing OK. Any thoughts?
I do have a question though: I notice the first 'long swim' in the plan is 2500m which is half of what I normally do, currently at 52-53 on the Tempo Timer. I was wondering if I should do the 2500m and bump up the speed +1 or simply stay at my current levels, gradually increasing distance? 'Long swim' days for me are 4000+ and generally 2x per week, with the other four days in the 2500-3000 range depending upon the goals for that day. Usually I finish the 'long swim' with a 2-3 mile run.
Anyway, thanks for the great website and for the Forum and while I'm not one to give advice to anyone I'll say two things: (1) Yes, you can improve-I managed to-but it takes time, patience, and a plan. And at least where I swim, I've never found anyone who wasn't helpful if you have a question. (2) Get your self a Tempo Trainer! It will seem slow at first and that's good because you can concentrate on your stroke, but I promise you when you start hitting 1000, 1500 and 2000m mark it won't seem so slow!
All the best!
Looking forward too to going through this site and chatting with other swimmers
During the latter part of last year I decided to get into the world of triathlons and after watching a view Youtube videos about triathlon for beginners, one piece of advice particularity stood out to me, and that was to just sign-up for a triathlon and go from there.
My wife, after some research, gave me the Swim Smooth book as a Christmas present, so that I could improve my swimming.
I am 50 years old this year and although I have enjoyed a very active life style throughout my entire life, I have never participated within any particularity sport. I learnt to swim as a youngster but not to any marked level, I can obviously ride a bike but have always been against running for the sake of running. So for me it was great to be able to make significant improvements in all disciplines.
From watching many of the Youtube videos aimed at triathlon beginners, there was a common thread of advice from all about focusing on the swimming as this would be the most technical of all three disciplines.
Before receiving the Swim Smooth book, I had already started swimming before work and within a few days I was swimming 2km breaststroke. But as soon as I started trying freestyle, I struggle to do 50m without have to revert back to breaststroke to regain my breathing.
I read through the Swim Smooth book and then after identifying my style as classic Arnie, I download the information pack for the Arnie swim type. I was lucky enough to swim 3 to 4 times a week and after working through the Arnie program I quickly progressed to swimming well over a 1km in a half hour each session.
My regular training was interrupted by holidays and work commitments and at the same time I joined a local triathlon club that did swim training on a Monday night and running midweek. And then things just went horribly wrong. Although I thought my technique had vastly Improved, my stamina just declined beyond believe and once again I am struggling to swim several lengths without needing a break.
I swam with the triathlon club last night but just couldn’t swim the distance. When I used a Pull Buoy, I could sustain my swimming, so I knew that I had reverted right back to a classic Arnie. The frustration and disappointment was overwhelming and the want to give it all up was very real. I am currently living in German but have very little grasp of the language at present, so trying to find a suitable and competent coach is very difficult.
I have just signed up to your 48 hour free trial and read though some of the Arnie specific training program and suddenly, not only have a lot of my shortcoming now become clear to me but with the additional aid of your training videos, I am now incredibly confident that I can start once again at the beginning and work my way through the training program with a much more robust foundation to build on. The vidoes provide so much more information than could ever be provided by the book alone.
I must tell you that the 48 hour trial, provides not only a great insight into what you get for your money when you sign up for the full subscription but it also clearly shows that Swim Smooth know more about what they are talking about than any other source but also have the tools available to improve every possible swimmer.
As with any classic Arnie, I am pleased that there is light at the end of the tunnel and I know that persistence will eventually pay off. With your help I know that I will be able to reach the level of swimming that I so desperately want to achieve.
I'm an beginner/intermediate swimmer. My name is Johnny and I live in the north west coast of Italy, and I started swim about 2 years ago, after a bicycle accident where I broke my leg. "Thanks" to that event, now I'm a triathlete and I love swim both in pool and in the sea.
I'm trying to improve my technique but that's very difficult! I started to follow SS 1 year ago so I discovered I am a classic overglider who try to remove dead spots and swim with more continuity.
This year I'd like to swim the www.swimtheisland.com 6 km distance; last year I swim the 3,5 km distance and I found out that open water swimming is amazing!
I love Mr Smooth and have learnt a lot from watching the animation over and over again. Bye for now.
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