Jim U. swam: Thinking about techni...

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alright AGB 1500 yd 00:45 52:47 pace

Thinking about technique is making my head spin. Literally. At first I felt like I was skimming on top of the water, which was great. Reach out, turn up, and turning back bend the arm, keep the elbow up, push the water behind while reaching out with the other hand, repeat. Taormina makes a good point that swimming requires doing many things at the same time. Seems to me like a Bach fugue. I can do one thing. Sometimes two. For variety, I substituted two 100s of pull buoy. And some IM.

  • Sara R.
    Sara R.

    Who said this? Tracy or Jan or someone... I don't remember but you can really only effectively work on one, maybe two, things at a time. No wonder your head is spinning!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Jim U.
    Jim U.

    I think it's in Sheila T's new book, in the excerpt on Amazon. Some people learn to play Bach fugues.

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Jim
    Jim

    My Kona coach said "when you are thinking about too many things, you aren't thinking about anything". I think the trick is to focus on one or two things and eventually, muscle memory will take over and then you can work on the next one or two things. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Jim U.
    Jim U.

    All true. Focus on one thing at a time, while doing multiple things at the same time. And I'd bet Bach would say he wasn't thinking while fuguing.

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Tommy T.

    Taormina stresses the Pareto Principle, ", the principle that 20 percent of something always are responsible for 80 percent of the results, became known as Pareto's Principle or the 80/20 Rule."
    That, I think, is why with all there is to think about your focus should be on the high elbow and feeling the water.

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Jim U.
    Jim U.

    Alright, what is feeling the water?

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Tommy T.

    Taormina is all about it...from fingertip to armpit making sure that you have ahold of the water so you can propel YOU through it, rather than just moving your arms back through it. It seems odd, but when I feel the water I move much faster...

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Jim U.
    Jim U.

    I just watched the video of her making vortices. I don't get it. But I'm intrigued by something so simple and yet difficult.

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Sara R.
    Sara R.

    I think K-Pipes refers to it as pulling yourself "over the barrel". In other words using the resistance of the water as you push it back to pull/push/move yourself forward as opposed to just pushing the water behind you. It's a really subtle difference and sounds very much like the same thing, but apparently it is a different sensation. Sometimes I feel it, sometimes I don't; I guess I'm still not sure how to make it happen.

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Dan R.
    Dan R.

    One thing we don't get with swimming is regular feedback on whether we're getting faster like we do with running and cycling races and time trials. With that thought in mind, I've decided to shoot for 100 hours of focused Sheila T. work towards the objective of a 1:00 100. My thinking is that by checking my progress every 10 hours or so with a 100 test set, I can see whether it's working. There's a risk with swimming that we get good at things that just don't matter in terms of being able to swim faster.

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Tommy T.

    1:00 100! Wow. I'll shoot for a :30 50 and then work my way up. Can an old guy like me even THINK a minute. Off to the mother land Tuesday to start training I guess.

    almost 2 years ago Like