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Postby diy » Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:44 pm

Russell wrote:Thanks for the offers/advice. I've order some swimming googles, there is no turning back. Will watch some videos and see how it goes. I did want to set an impossible (at this time) goal of swimming a mile. We were talking about how walking a mile is so easy, but swimming a mile is so difficult. I take it once the technique is in place distance becomes much easy?


Its definitely not about physical fitness, though that of course may help.
At peak - I had a Vo2Max in the mid 70s, can still bench 140kg and have a resting HR in in the mid 30s. I do about 8-10 hours of cardio a week plus strength training. I regular race in 10 hour plus ultra endurance cycle events, have puled TT25s in under an hour. etc etc blah blah but I struggle to swim a mile front crawl and get left behind by those less fit than me.

big respect to those who have mastered efficient swimming.

Edit: DLS's drill sounds very familiar to what my coach got me doing.
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Re: Not back from swimming, but would like to be...

Postby atticus » Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:59 pm

Translation please! Is the TT 25 you have been puling an Audi? You must be strong!
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Re: Not back from swimming, but would like to be...

Postby diy » Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:03 pm

A 25 mile cycle race against the clock on a funny looking bicycle wearing a stupid looking helmet and gimp suit. One basically spends the hour with their mouth like a basking shark trying to hoover up the worlds oxygen in one go.

My point was that you can be a good swimmer and not fit and you can be fit and not a good swimmer.
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Re: Not back from swimming, but would like to be...

Postby dls » Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:38 pm

My point was that you can be a good swimmer and not fit and you can be fit and not a good swimmer.


Agreed. You get good at what you do.
Fitness is specific.
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Re: Not back from swimming, but would like to be...

Postby Boo » Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:50 pm

I suppose you need to determine what you want to get from swimming. Do you want to end up being good enough to join a masters team(and beyond) or be satisfied with perfecting technique for personal growth? You can do both!
Either way, I strongly recommend opting for individual tuition. There are plenty of good quality ASA swimming coaches around the UK. Search them out and see what they can offer you.
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Re: Not back from swimming, but would like to be...

Postby Russell » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:03 am

Do any of the dive? Once I can swim better it would be good to try it. So many wrecks around the UK, it would be amazing to explore them.
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Re: Not back from swimming, but would like to be...

Postby atticus » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:00 am

Russell wrote:Do any of the dive?

I can see that there are hidden depths to this question.
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Re: Not back from swimming, but would like to be...

Postby 3.14 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:11 pm

Russell wrote:Do any of the dive? Once I can swim better it would be good to try it. So many wrecks around the UK, it would be amazing to explore them.

Scuba diving? Yes.
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Re: Not back from swimming, but would like to be...

Postby dls » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:20 am

The skills are not really connected.

I am sure ay diving course wuld require evidenee of an ability to swim, and confidence in the water would be adviseable, but scuba diving reliesa lot on kicking using big flippers which make any swimming technique much less relevant.
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Re: Not back from swimming, but would like to be...

Postby 3.14 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:02 pm

dls wrote:The skills are not really connected.

I am sure ay diving course wuld require evidenee of an ability to swim, and confidence in the water would be adviseable, but scuba diving reliesa lot on kicking using big flippers which make any swimming technique much less relevant.

Yeah, you don't need to be able to swim.
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