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I faced the same challenge about 2 1/2 years ago. That is, no swimming background but wanted to try open water swimming. Based on my own trial and error path, I would recommend the following: Learn to swim without a wetsuit first. It is a non trivial task since swimming is a technically demanding sport (contrary to what I thought initially). The big ...


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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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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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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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The reason why your instructor stresses on you keeping your leg straight is because most beginners bend their leg too much while kicking, so if beginners concentrate on keeping their legs straight, then they can start kicking with minor bends. There are a few pointers to keep in mind while learning freestyle kicking: Alternate your legs while kicking ...


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You might be surprised at how well you can remain afloat swimming a stroke like the front crawl with just your arms once you've better developed the upper body swimming muscles :). I see the local YMCA team at the gym every morning, and these kids (aged anywhere from 10-18) all are able to perform the stroke without using their legs. The legs may sink down ...


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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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Swimming fitness is a little different because your arms are the predominant power source and your breathing is controlled instead of natural. If you are having trouble with a length, however, the dominant issue is likely to be efficiency. Form drag, friction, rotational drag, etc. will nearly stop you outright if you are not balanced and smooth. According ...


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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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If you don't have a swimming background, then you need to learn to swim in a controlled environment before you move to open water. This may mean lessons, or if you had lessons as a child, then getting into swimming shape. I would recommend swimming in a pool until you can swim (at a minimum) 1.5 - 2x the distance of the triathlon in a single session. For ...


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Practice, practice and more practice. Generally your form will fall apart in almost any sport once you start getting fatigued. If it happens every time on your fast 100's, then you are going too fast for your fitness. If you have been swimming for a year and showing very little improvement in your overall times, then you may have some stroke flaws that ...


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What the coaches mean, is that when you turn your head to the side, water forms kind of a "bow wave" coming off of your head/forehead, which causes a small trough (area of lower water) to form near your nose/chin, and it's in this pocket that you breathe. Yes, your eye will be underwater, but the bow wave moves the water away from the rest of your face. ...


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There are various breathing exercises for beginners with the kickboard: If you are right handed and prefer breathing from the right, then keep your left hand outstretched to the front of the board and the right hand bent and on the bottom side, then breathe from the right with normal kicking patterns by twisting your head to the right. The key here is to ...


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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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It's hard to compare pool times to open water because there are a lot of differences in the environment that change (such as wind, waves, current, temperature, etc). For the pointy end swimmers (The ones that will be first out of the water), there isn't that much of a dropoff in the actual swimming time. The difference in a pool swim is mostly due to being ...


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I tried many of the techniques described here, plus a few others (e.g., use lane divider floater coils as an abacus), but always lost track. I purchased a SportCount Combi counter/timer for about $30 and have been very pleased. It's small (you wear it like a ring) and easy to use: just push a button at the end of every lap (or length if you prefer) and it ...


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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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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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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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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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Are you sure it's definitely "water" and not just watery mucous? Pool swimming used to do that to me - now I wear a nose clip, and no longer have the problem (plus as a bonus I look super-attractive).


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Conditioning exercises attempt to increase athletic ability and capacity, but may also help reduce the likelihood of injury. Suppose you're a marathon runner, you don't just run marathons to train. You'd do shorter runs, some strength training etc and this will improve your marathon 'ability' even though your program does not include marathons. I have no ...


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6 beat Focus on a smaller range of motion in your kick. If your legs are moving too much you're not going to get all the kicks in time, like you said. Work on a smooth stroke and try not to be thrashy with the kick. 2 beat This is good for distance swimming but it will quickly reveal body position issues. You want to concentrate on "swimming downhill" ...


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You have to use a kick Board to practice your kicks. You have to completely focus on your kicks, and hence the kick-board can help. After you feel that you have achieved the desired kick pattern. Start practicing short bursts without breathing, all the while focusing on matching your strokes to your kicks. once that is under control then include breathing ...


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Swim Outlet has a nice discussion on swim caps. Different swim cap materials for swimming include: latex, silicon or neoprene. For water jogging or water aerobics where your face and head are not necessarily in the water, they suggest that a lycra cap is cooler. For medium or long hair they recommend: If you have medium to long hair, then a silicone ...


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Competitive and recreational breaststrokes are barely related in this regard, as they use completely different balance and kicks (whip vs. frog). If you have excellent balance, delaying the set-up and kick can be helpful for efficiency in competitive breaststroke as the recovering or recovered arms will provide less drag during the most propulsive phase of ...


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I certainly don't ever train 7 year olds more than what your daughter is already doing. If she is already generally fit all effort and focus should be put on skill progression. She can potentially get stronger than the average child but focusing on athletic training as if she were a young adult is physically and psychologically unnecessary for a few more ...



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