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Although swimming alone in the middle of Lake Michigan sounds wonderful and has its benefits to you, swimming alone has life altering/ending risks. The chances may be minimal that something dangerous could happen, but see my story below for an example that bad things can happen. If something did happen you don't seem to have left yourself any communication ...


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The world record holder on 1500m is Sun Yang, an analysis of his stroke per length and stroke rate can be found at Sun Yang. His stroke rate (or frequency) is 0.96 (almost a stroke per second) and his strokes per 50m length is 27. Your stroke rate is 0.85 (48 strokes per 56 seconds) or 51 strokes per minute, i.e. slower than Sun Yang (58 strokes per minute)...


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The rotator cuff group is comprised of four muscles, commonly referred to as SITS. Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapularis. Most of these serve to rotate the arm, although the Supraspinatus is responsible for abduction (movement away from the body) of the upper arm. Caveats - All of the exercises listed should be done with light weights ...


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There are a few low tech methods: Toothpaste (Smear a bit then rinse free, be cautious as some people are sensitive to toothpaste around the eyes) Saliva Anti Fog spray I've had good results with the aquasphere line, but eventually all glasses fog over. I usually just spit on the insides, smear around, then rinse them out and slap them back on. During ...


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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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I've done a lot of offshore sailing and sometimes you'll get totally becalmed. Hot muggy conditions and the water is so flat you can literally shave in the reflection. It's hard not to jump in with conditions like that. Soap up, jump in, swim around the boat a few times, etc. A very famous and accomplished sailor named Bernard Moitessier would (solo) have ...


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A similar question was asked here. That question included data from the 2009 Ironman Triathlon Championship in Kona, Hawaii. As you may know, the race consists of a 2.4-mile open water swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon. A version of the scatterplot matrix from that question is shown here. The scatterplot matrix above plots the ...


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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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Speculating on performance in sports based on physical attributes is always difficult, there are always exceptions to whatever rule you find. My answer to your questions is split into two parts: 1) check that your weight in the the normal range for a non-athlete, this is important given your history. 2) compare your height/weight with other successful female ...


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Swimming is good for people of any size. Your weight loss/gain will be determined by your diet. If you don't want to lose any more weight, eat more! Short answer: Keep swimming! It's a great way to build muscle and endurance. EDIT: I want to elaborate a bit. I usually try to spend the same amount of time writing an answer, as the asker spends writing the ...


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Growing up surfing, I'd get water in my nose constantly. When stuffed up I'd splash some up in there and snot rocket all the junk out. Even a "saline nasal spray" is just a fancy way of blowing salt water into your nose. If there's a problem I'd venture to guess it has more to do with whatever badness is in the water (chemicals, pathogens, etc). You can ...


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Without actually seeing your stroke, I am going to make the guess that it is related to breathing. Breastroke, it is easy to do a slow stroke (and a 40 minute mile qualifies) and breathe in and out regularly while your face is above the water. In freestyle, the tendency for people that are not competitive swimmers is to hold their breath while their face ...


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It is difficult to say without seeing your swim stroke, but I suspect that when you are breathing, you are over rotating, with your head pulled back rather than being in a neutral position. That would allow water to enter in your nose. When swimming freestyle, you don't really move your head much. The top of the head should be in the water, which will ...


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With a short pool, you are limited, especially if you have an efficient flip turn. Since you are a beginner, I don't think that is a problem (Not a knock, just a fact. Flip turns take lots of practice to be effective). I would take a pull buoy with you and concentrate on form drills. As a beginner swimmer in a very technique driven sport, this would serve ...


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The answer for this is similar to the one for triathlons, is that you get faster by doing it more. However, the kick is one of the parts of the stroke that if you aren't "getting it", then it's hard to be able to do it properly without someone showing you. I would recommend that you have a swim instructor look at your stroke and make sure that you are doing ...


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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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"since breathing necessarily disrupts your flow" I think the amount of disruption relates to how far from perfect your form is. Since they need to breathe, they put a lot of work in perfecting their body and stroke movement so there is almost no additional body movement related to breathing. If the catch and pull are done correctly, the body is swiveling ...


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I am going to assume that you are coming from a mostly non competitive swimming background. There has to be a baseline of both, but I lean towards the emphasis that you need to be a fitter swimmer before you can really start effectively working on your form. Even if you do 2000 yards/meters in increments of 50 (two lengths or one lap) working strictly on ...


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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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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 rate ...


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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 Dont ...


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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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If you are young and you have no past injuries to your knee ligaments, I suggest you don't give up running but rather focus on a better running technique, lowering your mileage for some time, changing your program or even trying different shoes instead. Medical doctors who aren't specially devoted to sport medicine are usually prone to sending you to swim at ...


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It depends what you mean by okay. If you mean "is it safe?" then the answer is simple: No, it is not safe. If you get into trouble you stand a high risk of death. No-one will be able to rescue you. But for the broader question of whether that means it's not okay, we can't answer that. It's up to you to assess the danger by assessing the chances of an ...


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The switch from the pool to the lake/ocean can be challenging. Google on "overcome fear of open water swimming" or "panic attack triathlete water" and you will find that you are not alone. There are two aspects of your question: Overcoming fear in general when training/doing sports and Specifics with swimming. Overcoming fear in general when training is ...


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Work on the flexibility in your ankles. You should easily be able to make a straight line from your shin down the top of your foot to your toes. This is the ideal position to get the most propulsion from your feet in the flutter (backstroke/crawl) or dolphin kick (butterfly). If there is any arc/bend in that line, then you lose some effectiveness. Also, ...


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If you're swimming from a public beach or park, the first thing you should do is find out if/where water quality test results are posted. There are generally higher E.coli readings after heavy rains or when waves churn the sediment from the bottom, and they can also be higher downwind from river and stream outlets. Beaches just a few miles apart can have ...


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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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"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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Swimming is an excellent cardiovascular workout. You can give a very strong effort, and since there is minimal body impact, you can give a pretty intense workout just about every day. It most definitely will help with fat burning, assuming that you are eating an appropriate, healthy diet. It will assist in muscle building, but only so much as it takes to ...


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