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  1. rxleakem's Avatar
    Thanks Fish. OW is a different world, just remember to breathe and stay within yourself. I take every chance to practice sighting, play with stroke based on the conditions, and explore the depths! Most importantly, have fun
  2. FindingMyInnerFish's Avatar
    Enjoyed your post! I'm doing open water swims with a group Tuesday nights (weather/water conditions permitting), and it's so enjoyable, especially on hot days when I can jump into some nice cool water! The security of the pool isn't there, but at the same time, there's so much beauty around that it gives me a different kind of security! Tonight I have an open water race (just 800m--part of a series of races). I'm not fast, so these are about working on skills and trying to improve. I still get anxious if people crowd too close, but I'm working on that!
  3. rxleakem's Avatar
    Thanks Bill. A good weekend. Happy Father's Day to you
  4. Sojerz's Avatar
    My mouth is watering looking at the strawberries. Great community relay too Mike.
  5. sickfish's Avatar
    I signed up for the 100 free... I wonder if it's possible to add the 50? I'll see. It will be like 1993 all over again
  6. rxleakem's Avatar
    I figured that you have the fly events nailed down, so I signed up for the 800, 400im, 50free, and 200back. Will we duel in the 50free?
  7. sickfish's Avatar
    Competition! What are you planning to swim?
  8. rxleakem's Avatar
    It was fun - just need more people to really get tossed around
  9. GregJS's Avatar
    The open water hustle and bustle experience was good fun! Might not have been quite the Tough Mudder going on at Mt. Snow this weekend, but tough enough for this mudder.
  10. jpetyk's Avatar
    Repairing the dryer yourself is very rewarding in many ways. When my husband fixed ours, we found $22 in change and a pair of earings.
  11. GregJS's Avatar
    It was a great meet and lots of fun (at least for those of us who did not do 500fly)! Now, what do I have to do to get some of those stroopwafels?
  12. Celestial's Avatar
    Spent a whole hour in the pool today!
    Woo Hoo!
  13. 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!!!
  14. GregJS's Avatar
    Good luck on the roads tomorrow and have a great time at the clinic.
    Nice job on that fly!
  15. 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
  16. 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.

  17. GregJS's Avatar
    That picture cracks me up!
  18. rxleakem's Avatar
    Opps, :20 seconds rest
  19. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Nothing too hard....I would say 50s on 20 is hard
  20. rxleakem's Avatar
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