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  1. lulu393's Avatar
    That was actually very helpful. You're right about having air in the lungs making it easier to float. The buoy helps too.

    Thank you!!!
  2. GregJS's Avatar
    Good luck on the roads tomorrow and have a great time at the clinic.
    Nice job on that fly!
  3. rxleakem's Avatar
    Hi Lucy,

    The Shark swim that I do is a little different than the freestyle drill that you are looking for help with. I was able to find a video that might help with the drill

    I think one of the keys to this drill is having a strong enough kick to stay horizontal on the water, and the ability to have air in the lungs to help with buoyancy. I would suggest making sure that your body returns to horizontal when you are in the "fin" stage. Also, using a pull buoy for the extra flotation might help keep you body from sinking.

    I hope that this helps you out
    Updated March 28th, 2015 at 11:39 PM by rxleakem
  4. lulu393's Avatar

    I'm really struggling with the shark swim drill and looking for some pointers. Any advice would be great. Here's what I'm doing: I start on one side with arm extended under water, the other arm above water resting on my side-drag my finger tips through the water leading with elbow. I start to sink when fingers reach my waist. Either the top half sinks or whole body.

  5. GregJS's Avatar
    That picture cracks me up!
  6. rxleakem's Avatar
    Opps, :20 seconds rest
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Nothing too hard....I would say 50s on 20 is hard
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  9. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    It's seriously called Mt. Snow?
  10. GregJS's Avatar
    Looks like you got a decent swim in, so I hope that means you're feeling better.
    This might be dubbed the Winter of Sickness and Snow (or Sickness of Snow? Coldness and Colds?) since there's been so much of both this year.
  11. rxleakem's Avatar
    There is nothing quite like the beauty of snow. Having to move it from one place to another gets old! haha

    I enjoy it the weather in any event, although jbs has been pounded with more snow than me. I need to be my snowblower fixed ...
  12. __steve__'s Avatar
    I don't miss the snow
  13. GregJS's Avatar
    Don't forget the few hundred yards you did diving down and repositioning the GoPro! Hope you're feeling better.
  14. rxleakem's Avatar
    A "Noah's Ark" is a type of fartlek set, where you swim a straight 500 as ...
    25 easy/25 fast
    50 easy/50 fast
    75 easy/75 fast
    100 easy/100 fast
    (get it? 2 x 2 ...)
    It's a great way to keep track of distance and a nice mix of swimming fast then getting a little rest. I find it helpful for OW training in order to be prepared for speed changes, etc. Plus, a simple way to bang out a 500.
  15. flystorms's Avatar
    Do I dare ask what a "Noah's Ark pull" is?
  16. GregJS's Avatar
    Good old Linus. After a day of crazed present opening, it's nice someone remembers...
  17. rxleakem's Avatar
    Dinner went well, with everyone well fed and some great memories by the end of the evening. Lena and I even made it downtown to see the high school's adaptation of A Christmas Carol. A great day!
  18. GregJS's Avatar
    Regarding your previous post, you seem to be motivating people to do all kinds of things. I enjoyed the men's group, too (and not just because I got a great free CD out of it!)

    Today's practice was a hoot; that may be the only caroling I do this year; and I kind of consider it the official start of Christmas celebrations (well, that and also the Christmas cookie bake-off that my mom and I do each year, which we started last week).

    Will try to have a complete Christmas song memorized by next year.

    Hope your dinner went well. And thanks for the treats!
  19. rxleakem's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    That first photo looks like an Ansel Adams. Beautiful time of the year and amazing pictures. Great swimming! That 200 fly is a great time. I admire you for swimming it in the first place and to swim a great time as well. I am glad you had fun!
    One of the things I love about this area is the sharp difference with all four seasons, and especially the wintertime scenes like the one following this last snowstorm. I'm also thankful for safe travel and the opportunity to hop in the water. Thanks!
  20. rxleakem's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by GregJS
    Hey, looks like the "fast" showed up. Nice going! And you got all four strokes in, which is really cool. Hope you had a nice time in the city, too.

    Glad to see you got some photos of that winter wonderland up on the hill. I've never seen trees so completely whited-out before. Really amazing especially with the sunlight and blue skies we had yesteday.
    I always forget how wonderful it is up on the hill. A friend described the scene as "bluebird" which is pretty much right on. A round about way to doing an IM, but it got me out of swimming the 200 IM!
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