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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2003 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i decided at the weekend to stop using a pull bouy (what with swimathon) as i was using it on all my long swims ( thought it would help build arm strength ) took a bit of getting used to but managed a hour continuous crawl. not to sure what my legs were doing . kind of a little kick every third stroke ( when i breathe ) sound right ?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2003 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So how many lengths Dre Confused Being nosey and wondering how fast everyone is Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2003 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't think what my legs get up to during the crawl but probably quick little efforts. But know the technique isnt right because with a swim board i don't go anywhere unless I vigorously kick!

im currently trying to sell off my hand paddles and pull-buoy on ebay. the pull buoy is extra large and paddles large. only used them for a few strokes becase of the pressure on shoulders. Now I have plenty of upper body weight equipment in gym I dont really need these.

May try and get some small ones though to develop more of a feel for water-grip on the pull phase.....like you've prob developed
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2003 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I saw on TV recently, it's supposed to be roughly a kick every two strokes.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2003 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I swim by time not lenghts as i lose count to often (short pool), the other day i did count and managed 110 x 18mtr in 47mins (1980mtrs) the most i have ever swam crawl is 3400mtr(ish) this took 1hr 25ish ( all with a pull bouy ) slow and steady - thats me !
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2003 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mmm -I'm slower and steadier Embarassed Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2003 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just slow and struggling Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2003 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But Rob you've already peaked at your swimming Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2003 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They those who can't do teach...... Laughing so, I'm teachin'....

Daz, if you want to develop a better feel in the pull phase, swim a couple of lengths with your hands balled into fists. Then go back to swimming normally and your hands will feel like dishplates. This is also great for making sure you have excellent hand and arm entry positions because if you don't you won't go anywhere.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just entered the Swimathon (5000mtr) , I reckon if I can already swim 2500mtr at a fast (for me ) pace crawl so I could always breastroke the rest.

i am gonna train to crawl the whole thing though
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

go for it Dre.

Is there a cut off time or anything or can you take as long as you want?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

! think time is not a factor ! aiming for 2hrs ish
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice one dre. ive also entered the 5k but ill see how i feel after the 3800m Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you done it before D ? can i stop half way thru for a drink and a slash ? ( can i use a pull buoy ? )
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmmm im not sure about the slash (if in the pool). Not 100% sure dre, maybe Bob knows. I remember seeing plenty of people stopping to a rest (and a drink I think). I presume you can do what you like and go to the toilet and resume. It's a very relaxed atmosphere.

Oh btw, if you are serious about your final time I'd count the laps yourself (if you can..... Embarassed ). I've have been given a couple of wrong times in last 4 years.
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