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In general, it is not really necessary to swim overlong long distance sets, as there is no real training benefit other than mentally knowing that you can swim the distance. Even for competitive swimmers doing the 1500, workouts will rarely have that distance in the plan. There is more benefit to swimming a set such as 6x500 on :10 rest than there is in ...


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Your absolute best bet is going to be finding a decent instructor (not a coach, although they can be the same person, it isn't often you find both in one entity) and getting stroke instruction. Swimming is a very form intensive sport, to where correct form has a significant impact on both competitive times and on longevity. Bad form can easily wreck ...


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I found huge improvements from taking on gyming while swimming - specifically muscular strength and endurance. That is, until I overtrained and heavily damaged my back. Be wise and know your limits! How often? I think two to three swim sessions to one gym session is a good ratio. If you're a sprinter, maybe more towards two to one swim sessions to one ...


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Swimming is not an ideal fat burning exercise. It burns fewer calories than running or cycling (http://www.nutristrategy.com/activitylist3.htm) and although the resistance of the water does break-down and build muscle the effect is not nearly intense enough to induce "afterburn". Plus, swimming makes me incredibly hungry! That said, swimming is a ...


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The synopsis at that link is very good. The gist is that what you want is to increase thrust-per-stroke. If you look at Olypmic swimmers or even just fast swimmers at your pool, their arms don't fly around faster than everyone else's, they just get more per stroke than anyone else does. A good way to developing a powerful stroke is to slow down. Perform ...


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Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink If you are properly hydrated before you start, and its not a physiological need to drink there isn't much you can do. One thing I would suggest is if you are hydrated but feeling thirsty, in or out of the pool, speak with a doctor as extreme thirst can be a symptom of some serious disorders including ...


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You should definitely do at least some of your training in the sea to get used to conditions, as well as being able to sight (Look for markers) to be able to swim in a straight line. There are also some tricks to it, such as being able to dive "under" oncoming large waves rather than swimming up and over the top of them. High turnover of your arms will ...


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Let me preface by the fact I've never swam competitively, and it's been a while since I've swam routinely. I do train competitively, and I do eat before training. The two biggest risks with eating before training are: Muscle cramps--which in swimming is much more dangerous than with running or cycling, and more likely when the training is sustained such ...


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Although there is only some need for full distance training and @JohnP's answer is useful for most of your training, it really can help with strategy, psychological conditioning, and for practicing pace to do an occasional full distance swim. Healing after your first full distance training session will produce an excellent training effect as well. I have ...


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Based on this article from the Catalyst at Brown University, yes and no. After 295 observations, the results were in. Do you sweat when you swim? Sort of. Swimmers averaged a sweat rate of 123 milliliters per kilometer swum, but this number is significantly lower than average sweat rates for other types of exercise (about a third of the sweat ...


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They're not damaged. A really simplified way of thinking about your lungs burning is that you are using parts of your lungs that are not accustomed to being so exposed to an outside environment. You have an abundant amount of what are called aveoli and bronchioles that make up your lungs. When running, you expose those normally mucus-lined areas to air, ...


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Seems like too many comments and not enough answers! You need to do backstroke along with freestyle, because: Backstroke covers certain muscles a lot better than freestyle, and Gym can't perfectly replicate backstroke swim time. If you're going to swim as much as you do, you may as well get comfortable with a second stroke. Doing different swimming ...


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Per request I quote important parts from Wikipedias articles on Sidestroke1 and the Combat Sidestroke2 the US Navy developed from it. The basic sidestroke is a swimming technique that is good for long distance swimming.1 The sidestroke allows the swimmer increased endurance because, instead of working both arms and legs simultaneously in the same way, ...


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I am Swimming too, in cold water. Wearing a neoprene cap is very good, if you buy one, make sure you get your Money back, when not satisfied. It must fit very tightly, no Exchange of water!! I put a rubber ring around the cap, to avoid seepage when breaststroking. I use a cap, material thickness 2 mm.The chin-strap is not very strong, not to be ...


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It's not the heat loss through the head that you are feeling(The whole 90% of heat loss is through your head thing is a myth), it's the cooling effect of the cold air on wet skin. A cap will help prevent that, but it's not going to do much for actual heat retention until you start getting into the neoprene caps, which are designed to be warmer than ...


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Make sure your protein intake is high enough or you could be losing muscle. 2 eggs is only about 12g of protein. Maintenance levels of protein for a very physically active person are at least 1g of protein per lb of body weight (~2g per kg). Take this with a grain of salt, as it is subjective -- depending on your current physique, you may wish to lose ...


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If you're kicking properly, the rate at which you kick should be tied to your stroke rate. That is, every time you take a stroke and rotate your hips and shoulders, your legs should finish the movement as a kick. This is what's known to competitive swimmers as a "two-beat kick." In one full stroke, you kick twice, once with your left foot and once with ...


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"Fogging" on the inside of the googles is caused by temperature differences between the inside and outside of the lens. This is the same reason your car window fogs up when you turn on the heat in the winter. The simplest solution is to dunk your googles in the pool before you put them on. I've done this for over 8 years as a swimmer and I've never had ...


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Essentially, what you are saying is that you've kept the same diet, and have drastically increased the amount of Calories you use. It's natural for you to lose weight under those conditions. If losing the weight is undesirable, then you must increase the amount of food you eat to compensate for all the activity. Feeling tired after exercise is natural, ...


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You can train your mindset alongside physical training. You should be focusing on aerobic and anaerobic threshold training with sets that prevent you from getting by with sprinting. Example: 8 - 10 x 100 on an interval that allows you 5-15 seconds rest with great difficulty once you settle in will not allow true sprinting. If you accidentally do sprint early ...


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One of the great things about swimming is that it is very much technique based, and while muscle strength may compensate for that to some extent, once she start growing she will soon catch and surpass bigger children because of that good form. Until then, I would continue as you have been. Participating in many sports at her age is great, it means that she ...


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Kickboards and pullbuoys are certainly used as training aids by swimmers of all abilities. If you have only just started learning then a kickboard will be of more use than a pullbuoy. You might also consider using a noodle float. One thing to bear in mind is that if you develop bad habits, these can very easily become ingrained if you practice on your own ...


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The sidestroke is used in open waters to navigate and not get sick. It is not the most efficient method of movement in water by far. However when you are swimming in salt water you have to keep the water out of your mouth. The backstroke is about the worst at this and other styles are not as bad but entail bobbing your head in and out of water. There are ...


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Breaststroke timing is one of the funkier things to get down, and I would suggest watching youtube videos of Olympic and World meets, as they will have some underwater shots of top level swimmers. There are also excellent instructional videos. For the streamline off the wall, ideally you want the arms straight out "overhead", with the hands flat on one ...


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My girlfriend has long hair as well. She is using just regular swimming cap and she usually do something like a bun with her hair. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bun_%28hairstyle%29 If you are not a male lion, you should be ok with a regular swimming cap. You just need to use something to tight your hair to be able to put it under your cap comfortably.


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I have a problem with 'not so warm' water myself, although it isn't as extreme as yours. What I do: Take a cold shower right before going into the water. This will get your body used to the temperature and make the water you are going to swim in appear warmer. Take cold showers while showering. I do this from time to time to get myself used to colder ...


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Swimming can of course develop tremendous leg and hip power, especially for breaststroke, but this does not directly translate into an improved vertical jump because the motion is quite different. The sport, however, requires developing an excellent jump for starting and pushing off the wall. For this reason swimmers train for vertical jumping both in and ...


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One way of getting your mind from the sprint to the 500m distance is too get at swim pacer, e.g. this one from FINIS. Try to figure your current tempo, e.g. see this question and reduce the tempo to a rate that you can sustain for 200m, then 300m and finally 500m. This method is more likely to succeed than training to keep the higher tempo for 500m. ...


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Thank you for edit which provides important information. I'd say that your weight is ok for 187 cm sport man. If you are afraid of injuries you can try to use your forefoot while running. Your arch will automatically and NATURALLY absorb shocks. This type of running will lead to stronger calf muscles too. Or you can run on the beach where sand is absorbing ...


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After two GP visits and one visit to an ENT specialist the conclusion is that the root cause is Acid Reflux. I've noticed not eating a couple of hours before drastically reduces the severity of this occurring with it sometimes not occurring at all.. I was told a prescription of Nexium will help or reducing intake of acidic foods.



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