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    Re: Ande's Swimming Tips: Swimming Faster Faster

    Tip 210 Taking Care of Business

    Swimming has a little Paperwork

    JOIN USMS
    To swim in a masters meet or with a masters team
    you need to be registered with USMS
    find a team you like and join
    pick a local one with friends or
    join one somewhere that has
    a few of your friends or
    old swimming buddies or
    swimmers your age so you can put together a few relays

    you can get info at:
    http://www.usms.org/reg/

    you can join online at:
    http://registration.usms.org

    once you fill it out and join, soon you will receive your USMS card
    put it in a safe place and make a few copies of it
    keep them in a file at home and work and in the dry pocket of your swim bag
    You might need your card when you drop in to train with a team on your travels or
    when you enter meets

    One handy USMS form is the
    Split Notification Form
    Sometimes you might not like the order of events in a meet
    ie at the 2008 SC Nats the 100 free was the last event on the last day.
    if that's your best event you might want to swim it sooner.
    For your split time to count you have to legally touch and legally complete the race

    the only event that might trip you up is backstroke,
    a flip touch won't count as a legal finish
    you have to touch on your back with your hand.
    so if you're swimming a 100 back going for a 50 time you have to touch with your hand then legally finish.
    If you quit the race or don't do a legal stroke your time won't count.

    At a meet you can enter a longer event and go for a time in a shorter event or even on a relay.
    Submit the split notification form to the meet officials
    http://www.usms.org/admin/lmschb/lmsc_hb_rectab.pdf


    Register with US Swimming
    there's many more USS meets than there are USMS meets.
    Some meets might be in a better pool, at a better time, or more convenient.
    If you're registered with USA Swimming and have the QT's you can enter their meets
    to get more info
    drop by http:www.usaswimming.org
    click on "Applications and Forms" then
    click on "Membership Forms/Transfers"
    where you'll see

    How to Join USA Swimming
    There are two ways to become a member:
    1. Join through a USA Swimming member club in your area.
    2. If not attached to a club, join through your Local Swimming Committee (LSC).


    If you are a USA Swimmer there's a USMS form you can fill out at meets where officials will submit your times to the USA database
    not sure where the link is
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    Re: Ande's Swimming Tips: Swimming Faster Faster

    I decided to elaborate on Swimming with Long Finger Nails:
    (I always have to credit my buddy Peter Nunan who turned me on to this)

    Longer finger nails provide a swimmers hands with more S u r f a c e . . . A r e a in the best possible place, beyond their finger tips.
    Slightly more hand surface area provides swimmers with slightly more power on each pull.
    More power on each pull creates more velocity for the swimmer.

    It's physics.

    Where 10th's & 100ths of a second can make all the difference, it surprises me that more swimmers and coaches haven't jumped all over this or at least experimented with it to see what sort of difference longer nails might make for swimmers, rather than just dismissing it as being of no value.

    What if it made 0.10 to 0.25 of a second per 50 difference for an elite swimmer?

    At that level, it's hard to find ways to improve.

    At the 2000 olympics Inge de Bruijn had long nails. Years earlier Kristina Egerszegi had long nails when she broke the 200 bk world record.

    Here's part of an article about Egerszegi:

    "She paints her long fingernails blue, which she says helps her to "grab the water"."
    from: http://kataca.hu/sport/uszas/eger/eger-english.html

    Here's a photo of Kristina:

    http://www.notinat.com.es/images/not...Egerszegi1.jpg

    Here's a few of Inge:

    http://archive.salon.com/news/sports...ming/cover.jpg

    Longer nails help swimmers "grab the water."
    Someone is going to do it, and have a breakthrough then others will follow or Fina will ban it.


    My suggestions are:

    1) Try growing out your fingernails for big meet,

    2) Get used to how they feel in practice, and

    3) Test them out to see how much of a difference they make for you.


    Times will tell.

    Try it out and let me know how it works for you.
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    Re: Ande's Swimming Tips: Swimming Faster Faster

    Tip 211) When You Can't Get Wet

    There may be stretches of time when you can't get wet, no swimming, no pool, no time or perhaps due to an injury but you want to stay in shape

    get and do stretch cords
    a friend of mine used to travel with his
    you could do them anytime at home or in a hotel

    lift weights and get stronger
    I feel like the Lat Press exercise I do,
    does the same thing as stretch cords but I can load more weight on the machine and position my body at a better angle
    (where I press through the stroke vertically instead of horizontally)
    In fact if I could only do one swimming exercise
    it would be the Lat Press

    do exercises with you own body weight
    pullups, pushups, crunches, squats & jumps

    again consistency is key
    anything is better than nothing
    hope this helps you stay in decent shape when you can't get in the pool

    Swim Faster Faster,

    Ande
    Last edited by ande; June 13th, 2008 at 11:55 AM.

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    Re: Ande's Swimming Tips: Swimming Faster Faster

    Updates & Index of Ande's Swim Faster Faster Swimming Tips

    Eventually the index will have links to every tip.
    (but it's big tediuos task)

    Think about where you are with your swimming then
    read through the list of tip titles,
    you might find the tip that addresses
    what is on your mind right now or
    what you need to correct to swim faster faster.


    the latest Swim Faster Faster Tip is:

    More on Longer Nails
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=132588

    Tip 210 Taking Care of Business
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=132475


    Tip 209 Bouts with Doubt
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=132280


    Here's a few recent ones:

    Tip 208 Mistakes People Make in Big Meets
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=131705


    Tip 207 Music
    http://forums.usms.org/showpost.php?p=130645

    206 Participate on Online Swimming Communities
    ( especially www.usms.org/forums )
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=130643

    205 Leave It All in the Pool
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=130482




    Just Edited and Added info to:

    Tip 201 Which Suit Suits you? More On Racing Suits
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=128449


    SHARE THE TIPS
    Swimming newsletters and magazines have used them
    Swimming coaches have emailed them to their swimmers
    A few teams have them on their websites
    friends have emailed them to their friends
    If you'd like to use them in someway
    please write me, tell me about your desired use and ask permission.
    Thank you.


    Success Stories
    I love to hear from swimmers who have applied the tips and made improvements.


    Which ones are your favs?
    I’m thinking about bolding around 10% of them to draw attention to the most useful ones


    In Person Sessions
    Sometimes I do in person Swim Faster Faster sessions where
    I have a swimmer swim a 25 as fast as she can while timing it
    Then we rest a little,
    Give her a few corrections, a short list do another 25 time it and so far everyone swam faster faster.
    This works particularly well with novice swimmers.


    Since I can no Longer edit my first post in this thread,
    I've decided to place the
    Index of Swim Faster Faster Tips
    at the end and I'll just keep moving it as I add new Tips:
    (so the older tips will be super easy to find)
    I should also read what I've already written when add a new tip so I avoid what I did in 191 & 194. There's probably other incidents of that. Several times I’ve numbered them wrong..


    Index of Ande's Swim Faster Faster Swimming Tips

    Tip # / Title / Thread Page you can find it on

    Tip 01 Swim fast in practice
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....65&postcount=1

    Tip 02 Learn how to dolphin kick in streamline position
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=33588

    Tip 03 very fast Kickers.
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=33665

    Tip 04 The power of HABIT
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=33855

    Tip 05 ACTING AS IF
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=33976

    Tip 06 Keep Your Head Neutral
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=34043

    Tip 06 Fewer Strokes
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=34154

    Tip 07 Crash Sprint Clinic
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=34194

    Tip 08 Lug Less Lard
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=34217

    Tip 09 Reasons for this Season
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=34262

    Tip 10 Start with Starts
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=34375

    Tip 11 Ease of Movement
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....7&postcount=79

    Tip 12 Correct Splitting
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....3&postcount=82

    Tip 13 Unconscious Mastery
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....9&postcount=83

    Tip 13 Action Cues


    Tip 14 Have the right Equipment and Back ups Ready and Nearby
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....0&postcount=88

    Tip 15 Fast Skin Type Suits really are faster
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....0&postcount=88

    Tip 16 Short Hair Weighs less than long hair
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....0&postcount=88

    Tip 17 Long Fake Nails
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....0&postcount=88

    Tip 18 Get a Grip / Hold Water / Clean Off the Air Bubbles
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....0&postcount=88


    Tip 19 Train for a Couple Compatible Events
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....9&postcount=91

    Tip 20 Swim Straight
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....5&postcount=94

    Tip 21 Stay Away From the Lane Lines
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....5&postcount=94

    Tip 22 Balls
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....7&postcount=97

    Tip 23 Water is Heavy
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....7&postcount=97

    Tip 24 Ideal Performance State
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=101

    Tip 25 Race in a Fast Pool
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=104

    Tip 26 Tapering
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=109

    Tip 27 What We Say Outloud
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=110

    Tip 28 Who You think You Are
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=112

    Tip 29 Mentally Tough
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=116

    Tip 30 Swim Your Own Race
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=117

    Tip 31 It will pass
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=118

    Tip 31 Get Strong
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=120

    Tip 32 Goals
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=122

    Tip 33 Your Plan
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=124

    Tip 34 Choose
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=125

    Tip 35 Improve Your Turns
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=126

    Tip 36 My Reverse Calendar
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=127

    Tip 37 Stay in Shape Between Seasons
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=128

    Tip 38 To Time or Not To Time
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=129

    Tip 39 Dive in with a dry fast skin
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=129

    Tip 40 Easy Speed
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=129

    Tip 40 Shaving
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=132

    Tip 41 Get Truly Inspired
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=140

    Tip 42 Smoothing the Wrinkles out
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=141

    Tip 43 Faith
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=142

    Tip 44 Unfatigued
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=143

    Tip 45 How Often, How Far, How Hard and How Smart
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=147

    Tip 46 Turn Cues
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=148

    Tip 47 Flexibility
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=155

    Tip 48 Ride The Glide
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=156

    Tip 49 Get trained by a great coach.
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=165

    Tip 50 Train in the Best Program You Can
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=166

    Tip 51 WIPE THE SLATE CLEAN
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=170

    Tip 52 No Ear Infections
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=171

    Tip 53 Accountability
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=172

    Tip 54 Show Up
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=173

    Tip 55 the last battle technique
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=186

    Tip 56 The 90 Day Experiment
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=196

    Tip 57 Get It Together
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=199

    Tip 58 Top 10 Strategies
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=200

    Tip 58 Top 10 Strategies (where to get info)
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=201

    Tip 59 Cause and Effect
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=202

    Tip 60 The Rage to Master
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=203

    Tip 61 Focus on One Event
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=208

    Tip 62 Plan Your Meet Schedule (and other meet tips)
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=209

    Tip 63 Training versus Meets
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=225

    Tip 64 Technique
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=228

    Tip 65 What Do I Need to Do to ...
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=229

    Tip 66 Lead Your Lane
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=244

    Tip 67 Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=245

    Tip 68 Get Tougher
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=246

    Tip 69 Laurels
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=252

    Tip 70 Improve Your Standing Vertical Leap
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=255

    Tip 71 Sprint Training
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=266

    Tip 72 Sets Education
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=273

    Tip 73 More Sets Education
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=274

    Tip 74 How to Correctly Split the 200 Breast and 200 Fly
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=277

    Tip 75 Get Your Six Pack Back
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=278

    Tip 76 Own Your Goal
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=279

    Tip 77 To Become a Better Swimmer
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=282

    Tip 78 The Correlation Between Training and Competition times.
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=283

    Tip 79 Breathe
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=284

    Tip 80 Comparing and Desparing
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=289

    Tip 81 Don't Train For Masters
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=293

    Tip 82 Better Stories
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=299

    Tip 83 Arrive Early
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=306

    Tip 84 FUN
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=307

    Tip 85 Are you getting slower, staying the same or getting faster
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=315

    Tip 86 Coachability
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=318

    Tip 87 Over Eating / Caloric Intake
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=319

    Tip 88 Training for 1650
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=322

    Tip 89 Training for 25
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=324

    Tip 90 Critical Factors
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=325

    Tip 91 What’s holding you back?
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=329

    Tip 92 Faster Intervals
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=330

    Tip 92 Breaking Through Barriers
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=331

    Tip 93 The More You Do
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=332

    Tip 94 Short Phrases
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=333

    Tip 95 Contract
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=334

    Tip 96 our finest moments
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=335

    Tip 97 Altitude Training
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=336

    Tip 98 How to Split an 800
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=359

    Tip 99 Make a few Practices that are like Meets
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=371

    Tip 100 What IF
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=375

    Tip 101 What Suit Suits You
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=376

    Tip 102 Don't Do Stupid Stuff
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=378

    107. Prelim Final Meets
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=379

    108 Failure and Frustration Can Fuel Redemption
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=396

    109 Role Models
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=397

    110 You Can Fake a 50 but You Can't Fake a 400
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=401

    111 How was that swim?
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=402

    112 Touch the D@#! WALL
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=403

    113 Keep a Training Journal
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=406

    114 Expectations


    115 How Many Beats?


    116 Sleep Tight Recover Right


    117 Battling Burnout


    118 Just for Kicks


    119 What is the most important quality ...


    120 Breastrokers and IMers: a single downward dolphin kick


    121 Situations, Trade offs, Choices, Actions, and Consequences


    122 Not Much Time To Train


    123 Trash the Splash


    123 Back Off


    124 Modify


    125 A Terrific Touch


    126 Taper Time


    127 Prevent Problems


    128 Starting Out Starting Over


    129 Beat Your Nemisis


    130 Do You Like to Win?


    131 Be a Draft Dodger


    132 Get a Flu Shot


    133 Come Up with Plan B


    134 Let Your Significant other Sleep


    135 The Formula for Kicking Faster


    136 The Magic Surge Dive


    137 How Many Kicks Can You Handle?


    138 Convenience and Consistency


    139 Emphasis


    140 Be Aquadynamic


    141 Swim Tips for Triathletes


    142 Build a Pit Crew Around You


    143 Perceived Effort


    144 Pick a Project


    145 Focus on what you need to fix


    146 Do What You Know You NEED to Do


    147 Preparing for a Major Meet


    148 Placing Higher at Championship Meets and in Top Ten Rankings


    149 Which Stroke is Your Stroke


    150 Be well Prepared for the Most Difficult Part of your Races


    151 Maintain a Swim Blog, write down your swimming details


    152 Adaptation Rate


    153 Drop a Suit


    154 Don't Close Your Patent Office


    155 Do What You Know You Need to Do


    156 Drafting


    157 In and Out of the Flags


    158 Mistakes and Rehearsal


    159 Strength vs Body Proportions


    160 After You've Exhausted The "Quick Fix" Tips


    161 Train for Trials


    162 Time and Record your Races


    163 Mentors and Mentees


    164 Out with the Old and In with the New


    165 Build a Better Boat


    166 Confidence


    167 Everybody Wants to Be Rich
    [

    168 Sometimes a Slight Technique Modification Can Create a Major Time Improvement


    169 Get in the Zen Zone


    170 Places to Swim


    171 Getting Sick or Injured Right Before Your Big Meet


    172 Track Starts and Cap over Straps


    173 Weight and Tapering


    174 Whip Whipper Snappers


    175 Distance Habits vs Sprint Habits


    176 Your Own Draft


    177 Split Differentials for the 50 Free Short Course


    Crocker's Track Start Tips


    178 Figure Out What to Fix


    179 Do Something Different, Do Something Drastic


    180 PREPARE to Be Tested


    181 Train to Maintain and Sustain a Powerful Kick


    182 Waist Management


    183 Don't Let Your Dreams Go Down the Toilet


    184 Counting Counts


    185 "Is the Prize Worth the Price?"


    Tip 186 Currents of the Course (tip for trialetes)


    Tip 187 Biggest Breath


    Tip 188 Booster Rockets
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=105687

    Tip 189 The Question How do you keep water from going up your nose, when you SDK on your back?


    Tip 190 the Shin Fin Kicking Technique
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=115245

    Tip 191 Meets Are The Best Kind of Training You Can Do


    Tip 192 A Pause: Great Breastroke Tips from a World Record Holder


    Tip 193 Which Events Should Enter at Your Focus Meet


    Tip 194 Meets are the Best Way to Train
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=122924

    Tip 195 Meet Strategies for Back to Back Events
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=125422

    Tip 196 Backstroke Starts
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=125727

    Tip 197 How Much to Warm Down
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=125855

    Tip 198 Do 2 More Weight Work Outs a Month
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=126892

    Tip 199 Perspective
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=127514

    Tip 200 Talk with Your Coach at Meets
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=127763

    Tip 201 Which Suit Suits you? 2 More info On Racing Suits
    http://forums.usms.org/showpost.php?p=128449

    Tip 202 Use Your Head: Racing Caps
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=129216

    Tip 203 List of What to Pack in your Swim Bag for a Swim Meet
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=129542

    Tip 204 Get Grizzly
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=130480

    205 Leave It All in the Pool
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=130482

    206 Participate on Online Swimming Communities
    ( especially www.usms.org/forums )
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=130643

    Tip 207 Music
    http://forums.usms.org/showpost.php?p=130645

    Tip 208 Mistakes People Make in Big Meets
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=131705

    Tip 209 Bouts with Doubt
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=132280

    Tip 210 Taking Care of Business
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=132475


    Special Posts

    Bonus: Six Tips to Help You Improve in Your Sport
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....&postcount=327

    Today I put Swim Faster Faster to the test.

    Stronger Sprinters tend to be Faster Sprinters
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=126634

    My Best Season Ever

    More on Longer Nails
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=132588
    Last edited by ande; June 13th, 2008 at 12:53 PM.

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    Tip 208 Mistakes People Make in Big Meets

    5) no cap
    if your hair is long wear a cap
    Sorry, Ande, no can do. Since my heat stroke 10 years ago, I find my head stays cooler with long hair (cut it shorter at first... almost bald, but found longer was more comfortable) and I don't wear caps in races because they hold in too much heat (and just plain uncomfortable for me). Not just the 30 seconds for say a 50, but the time to get it on right and time standing around getting ready for the race.... I end up beginning the race with a headache that gets worse as I go. The water passing over my noggin has a wonderful cooling effect that allows me to maintain the stress levels of competition and normal training.

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    I never wear a cap. Two reasons:

    1. My slick wet hair against my head looks much more streamlined than the wrinkles I see in my competitors caps.

    2. The Russian Rocket rarely, if ever, wore a swim cap.

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    My suggestions are:

    1) Try growing out your fingernails for big meet,

    2) Get used to how they feel in practice, and

    3) Test them out to see how much of a difference they make for you.

    Call me an old fuddie duddie, but long fingernails on men (myself included) gives me the heebie geebies. I just think it is creepy. I'll happily swim a couple hundreds slower per 50. (-:

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    Tip 211 It's Completely Possible

    If you read the USMS and FINA records and top ten times you'll discover masters swimmers in their 40's and 50's swimming as fast as they did in their teens, 20's, and 30's.

    It's completely possible.

    I recently swam faster in the 50 free at age 44 in 2008 than I did at age 32 in 1996.

    Easy?
    No

    Possible?
    Yes

    Look at Rich Abrahams times
    When he was in his 20's he went 21.3 in the 50 free
    As a masters swimmer, he went 21.73 when he was in the 50 - 54 age group and 21.82 in 55 - 59.
    There's many other cases of this. If you train properly you can reap the results.

    It begins with belief, it's accomplished by consistent training.
    Discover what you are capable of.
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    Tip 212 Leave a Little Doubt

    If you want to swim faster faster, confidence helps. Right before you race, it helps to know you are ready to swim lifetime best times. It's easier to be confident when you swam fast times in recent practices. It helps to stand on the blocks and know you're faster than the swimmer beside you, but you want to be faster than the swimmer inside you.

    Come up with reasons why you're going to swim faster in this meet
    whether it's
    I'm wearing a faster suit,
    I'm shaved,
    I'm rested,
    I'm so psyched,
    My coach is watching,
    A college coach is watching,
    I've improved my turns, streamlines, technique, kick or stroke.
    What else?
    What are your reasons.

    The stories you tell yourself matters more than you could ever imagine.

    Be confident not cocky, be confident and humble.

    However if you're too confident, you know you can swam fast, so there's no point in proving it, because you already know.

    So leave a little doubt.

    That's why it helps to feel a little insecure in practice. The way you get faster is to try to improve your best practice times each time you train. It's hard and impossible to beat your best times in every practice so you just want to attempt to beat those times. Feel that you need to prove yourself over and over when you train to find out if you you can go a little faster.

    If you can figure out how to go 1/10th of a second faster per 25, that's
    2/10ths for a 50,
    4/10ths for a 100,
    8/10ths for a 200, or
    2 seconds for a 500.

    Figure out what you need to do to obliterate your best times.

    Also welcome that nervous feeling right before you race, that's a sign your body is getting ready for fight or flight. I hope you fly.

    Being both confident and a little insecure will help you swim faster faster.
    Leave a Little Doubt

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    Quote Originally Posted by ande View Post
    Tip 212 Leave a Little Doubt


    Come up with reasons why you're going to swim faster in this meet
    whether it's
    I'm wearing a faster suit,
    I'm shaved,
    I'm rested,
    I'm so psyched,
    My coach is watching,
    A college coach is watching,
    I've improved my turns, streamlines, technique, kick or stroke.
    Ande these are pretty good. I have always had a different aproach.
    I don't need a faster suit,
    I don't need to shave,
    I don't need the extra rest,
    I don't want to get psyched,
    I don't want to impress my coach or any other coach,
    All the college coaches watched me swim, like me or not.

    I am just going to be faster because I improved my dive, my turns, I know I can....
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    Tip 213 Even More On Racing Suits

    Racing suits are an important topic, now more than ever your suit choice / equipment selection can make a big difference in your race times.

    read what I've already written at: What Suit Suits You

    When you get a new suit.
    First try it on at home with all the tags on,
    if you can't get it on or it doesn't fit you right,
    you should exchange it for a better fit.

    If you're trying to beat a deadline, narrow it down to 2 sizes, order both then return the one that doesn't fit as well.

    There's
    too small / too tight
    just right
    too big / too loose

    If you can afford it, get the latest suit generation for your next important race.

    Read my blog, I have several racing suits and I wear them in practice when I do fast swims, I tend to do faster times in the newer suit generations.

    After you've gotten past the home fitting and you've decided to keep your suit, you should test it out in practice.

    Don't wear one, dive in and slowly paddle around to decide if you like it or not.

    The determining factor for racing suits is how much faster are you
    in your best events while wearing the suit.

    so warm up
    dry off
    change into the suit
    rest a bit
    then get up and swim something FAST FOR TIME
    Dive in with a dry suit

    Pay some attention to how the suit feels and performs but
    pay more attention to your times.

    Is your TIME faster?

    Do before and after swims wearing various suits.
    Do them over several days.
    Wear and compare, figure out which one helps you swim the fastest.

    The truth is, some of these racing suits feel funny, they feel different, but what matters most are your times.

    Right now Speedo and TYR are taunting us, we can't buy their latest generation suits. They aren't available. I haven't tried the Tracer Rise. I have tried a LZR legskin but not a hineck. I have serious concerns about the LZR at this time, many world records have fallen with swimmers wearing LZRs, but the suits are expensive, fragile, hard to get on, and some swimmers have had malfunctions before and during races. I've personally seen 5 LZR zippers break at meets, sometimes during races, so I'm taking a wait and see attitude with the LZR.

    In my most recent meet I wore the Blue Seventy Nero Comp
    I swam the fastest times I've swum since 1996.
    50 LCM free 24.50 from 25.31 in March 2008 and 25.88 Worlds 2006
    50 LCM fly 26.03 from 26.88 Nats 2007
    50 LCM bk 28.14 from 29.18 March 2008 and 29.5 Nats 2007



    I changed my training, focused on sprints, dropped aerobic training and actually got stronger, but I feel the suit helped.

    Blue Seventy also has the Nero Comp Knee
    which breastrokers and IMers tend to wear.
    They are easier to get on.

    Here's the Nero sizing chart

    I'm 6' 3 & 3/4" / 215 lbs and wore a 32, I'd like to try a 30.

    When you wear a wet FS PRO or FSII on deck, you can actually feel a little chill when the suit starts drying, since the blue seventy suits are rubber, they trap heat, so you're likely to feel warm or even hot. It's good to wear sweats over either when you're on deck to protect the fabric and keep you comfortable.

    I feel Speedo Pro's are very good suits, the thin fabric seems to repel water and doesn't hold as much water as the FS I & II's. Though PRO's have a couple issues like, PROs:
    1) have fragile fabric which is easy to damage when putting on or off or while wearing on deck &
    2) can be hard to get on)
    The latest generation of suits are likely to be even faster.

    Lastly consider value, which I think is a function of:
    1) race performance
    2) cost, and
    3) how many races a swimmer gets from one suit.

    I hope you make a wise suit choice, it should help you swim faster faster and improve your PR's.
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    I tried one of the blue seventy suits at an open water this past month. Something to consider is that the suit is essentially 99% black rubber and very thin. In the 5 minutes I stood in the sun at 6:45am, the suit actually began to burn my skin! Not only that, it does not breath so I got hot and began to sweat right away!

    If you are going to use this in an outdoor pool in the mid-day, be careful to keep covered up and don't keep it on too long. This is a major factor, so be careful when and where!
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    good to know
    Don't wear a rubber suit in direct sunlight for too long

    Quote Originally Posted by Big AL View Post
    I tried one of the blue seventy suits at an open water this past month. Something to consider is that the suit is essentially 99% black rubber and very thin. In the 5 minutes I stood in the sun at 6:45am, the suit actually began to burn my skin! Not only that, it does not breath so I got hot and began to sweat right away!

    If you are going to use this in an outdoor pool in the mid-day, be careful to keep covered up and don't keep it on too long. This is a major factor, so be careful when and where!

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    Tip 214 The How-Fast-at-What-Age Formula

    Sometimes swimmers ask me how fast I think they can swim at what age or how fast would they be if they got back in shape so here's

    The how-fast-at-what-age formula:
    Masters swimmers times are a function of their :

    1) age,

    2) lifetime best times,

    3) years of elite training,

    4) years not training, (how many years are they from elite training)

    5) what sort of physical shape were they in before they started training again and how that compares to their peak shape
    Strength

    6) recent training (years of recent training, x's per week, distance per session, intensity, work out times, coach, team)

    7) what their goals and reasons are,
    what are they focused on and why

    8) time budget, (hours per day, times a week they can swim and train)

    9) financial budget how much they can spend &

    10) which suit they wear in meets

    11) willingness and ability to make technique improvements

    what else?

    it's amazing how little training some swimmers need to maintain their ability

    The mental stuff doesn't change with time, self image ...
    Technique is locked in from years of training.

    Recent training improves body shape, strength and conditioning.

    Look at what the records are in the older age groups

    Look at who's coming to break them in the younger age groups

    http://www.usms.org/comp/records.php?slt=a&ri=i

    Masters are redefining what we beleive is possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ande View Post
    what else?
    Great, comprehensive list - but I also believe the level at which someone did their 'elite' swimming is important.

    Having competed internationally counts for more than, say, at the NCAA level and so on down the line.

    This allows one to invoke the "it's only masters" more easily and never get nervous or overawed by the competition.

    Ian.

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    it helps to have many meets under their belly
    but in masters it's really about times
    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Smith View Post
    Great, comprehensive list - but I also believe the level at which someone did their 'elite' swimming is important.

    Having competed internationally counts for more than, say, at the NCAA level and so on down the line.

    This allows one to invoke the "it's only masters" more easily and never get nervous or overawed by the competition.

    Ian.

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    Tip 215 Garbage Yardage

    Some coaches and swimmers believe that more yardage is better than less, and this is often true especially for distance swimmers; however, there is such a thing as garbage yardage.


    Garbage yardage can be:

    + a set that serves no purpose,

    + doing too much yardage during a taper, or

    + training to the point of fatigue where your technique falls apart and you swim with terrible technique, reinforcing awful habits or

    + swimmers doing a set incorrectly causing them to get less benefit from it, usually by not putting forth enough effort, avoiding pain, holding back, swimming at the wrong percentage effort.


    It's easy for masters swimmers and self coached swimmers to avoid excess quantity garbage yardage, but some may do incorrect effort garbage yardage because there's no one to hold them accountable.

    It's more difficult for age group, high school and college swimmers to tell a coach she just assigned them a grabage yardage set. Many coaches don't take kindly to disagreements, set rejections, set modifications and swimmer revolts.

    Don't do Garbage Yardage and you're likely to swim faster faster.
    Make your yards count.

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    Ande, I'm a little confused on these blueseventy suits. Do you know which is faster between the nero comp or the pointzero3? Do you know if the only difference between the pointzero3 and the pointzero3+ is that the pointzero3+ has the full-length legs?

    Edit--based on the fact that the nero comp costs more, I'm guessing that's the latest "technology".

    How big was that 32 you tried on? I'm 6'0" and 168 with a size 33 waist. That doesn't appear to "work" based on their size chart...

    Thanks much!

    Quote Originally Posted by ande View Post
    Tip 213 Even More On Racing Suits

    Racing suits are an important topic, now more than ever your suit choice / equipment selection can make a big difference in your race times.

    read what I've already written at: What Suit Suits You

    When you get a new suit.
    First try it on at home with all the tags on,
    if you can't get it on or it doesn't fit you right,
    you should exchange it for a better fit.

    If you're trying to beat a deadline, narrow it down to 2 sizes, order both then return the one that doesn't fit as well.

    There's
    too small / too tight
    just right
    too big / too loose

    If you can afford it, get the latest suit generation for your next important race.

    Read my blog, I have several racing suits and I wear them in practice when I do fast swims, I tend to do faster times in the newer suit generations.

    After you've gotten past the home fitting and you've decided to keep your suit, you should test it out in practice.

    Don't wear one, dive in and slowly paddle around to decide if you like it or not.

    The determining factor for racing suits is how much faster are you
    in your best events while wearing the suit.

    so warm up
    dry off
    change into the suit
    rest a bit
    then get up and swim something FAST FOR TIME
    Dive in with a dry suit

    Pay some attention to how the suit feels and performs but
    pay more attention to your times.

    Is your TIME faster?

    Do before and after swims wearing various suits.
    Do them over several days.
    Wear and compare, figure out which one helps you swim the fastest.

    The truth is, some of these racing suits feel funny, they feel different, but what matters most are your times.

    Right now Speedo and TYR are taunting us, we can't buy their latest generation suits. They aren't available. I haven't tried the Tracer Rise. I have tried a LZR legskin but not a hineck. I have serious concerns about the LZR at this time, many world records have fallen with swimmers wearing LZRs, but the suits are expensive, fragile, hard to get on, and some swimmers have had malfunctions before and during races. I've personally seen 5 LZR zippers break at meets, sometimes during races, so I'm taking a wait and see attitude with the LZR.

    In my most recent meet I wore the Blue Seventy Nero Comp
    I swam the fastest times I've swum since 1996.
    50 LCM free 24.50 from 25.31 in March 2008 and 25.88 Worlds 2006
    50 LCM fly 26.03 from 26.88 Nats 2007
    50 LCM bk 28.14 from 29.18 March 2008 and 29.5 Nats 2007

    I changed my training, focused on sprints, dropped aerobic training and actually got stronger, but I feel the suit helped.

    Blue Seventy also has the Nero Comp Knee
    which breastrokers and IMers tend to wear.
    They are easier to get on.

    Here's the Nero sizing chart

    I'm 6' 3 & 3/4" / 215 lbs and wore a 32, I'd like to try a 30.

    When you wear a wet FS PRO or FSII on deck, you can actually feel a little chill when the suit starts drying, since the blue seventy suits are rubber, they trap heat, so you're likely to feel warm or even hot. It's good to wear sweats over either when you're on deck to protect the fabric and keep you comfortable.

    I feel Speedo Pro's are very good suits, the thin fabric seems to repel water and doesn't hold as much water as the FS I & II's. Though PRO's have a couple issues like, PROs:
    1) have fragile fabric which is easy to damage when putting on or off or while wearing on deck &
    2) can be hard to get on)
    The latest generation of suits are likely to be even faster.

    Lastly consider value, which I think is a function of:
    1) race performance
    2) cost, and
    3) how many races a swimmer gets from one suit.

    I hope you make a wise suit choice, it should help you swim faster faster and improve your PR's.

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    Hi Midas,

    you asked about blueseventy's


    Do you know which is faster between the nero comp or the pointzero3?

    the nero comp is more recent and made to race in pools
    it's tighter, has a better zipper, a little less fabric, takes longer to put on and remove, better for short racing

    the pointzero's are made for openwater/ triathlons
    triathletes wear their gear under the swim skin

    when I first became aware of B70's the nero comps weren't available so I focused on what was

    the point zeros are very good and very fast
    I've kept mine and considering using it as a training suit for very fast swims


    Do you know if the only difference between the pointzero3 and the pointzero3+ is that the pointzero3+ has the full-length legs?
    yes but to race in pools you want to wear the Blue Seventy Nero Comp not the pointzero's



    How big was that 32 you tried on?
    it was hard to get on the first time, got easier later, some stretch some learning curve, it fits fine now


    I'm 6'0" and 168 with a size 33 waist. That doesn't appear to "work" based on their size chart...
    try a 28 or 30
    Dennis Baker 5'10" 170 said he wore a 26


    Paul Smith's practice test:
    http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost....9&postcount=55

    Glen Mills wears a B70's at the IGLA Games
    in the 200 SCM Breast he dropped from
    Dec 2007 2:30 to
    June 2008 2:22.6
    he said Eddie Reese and Brendan Hansen looked at his stroke and
    suggested he stay under longer after each kick
    which we describe as "Ride The Glide"
    some speculate the true reason Glenn swam faster was he was super psyched to impress spectators
    http://www.goswim.tv/entries/5355/my-blueseventy.html


    Here's an article from Swim Network
    The Fastest Suit You've Never Heard Of

    Bottomline is Both the PointZero3's & the Nero Comps are fast.
    The Nero Comp is newer and for pool racing.

    Hope this helps,

    Ande

    Quote Originally Posted by Midas View Post
    Ande, I'm a little confused on these blueseventy suits. Do you know which is faster between the nero comp or the pointzero3? Do you know if the only difference between the pointzero3 and the pointzero3+ is that the pointzero3+ has the full-length legs?

    Edit--based on the fact that the nero comp costs more, I'm guessing that's the latest "technology".

    How big was that 32 you tried on? I'm 6'0" and 168 with a size 33 waist. That doesn't appear to "work" based on their size chart...

    Thanks much!
    Last edited by ande; August 7th, 2008 at 12:10 PM.

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    Tip 216 When the Coach is Away

    Remember that old saying
    when the cat's away the mice will play
    here's how it relates to swimming
    When the Coach is Away, the swimmers play

    Coaches are only human, they take bathroom breaks, phone calls, get sick, have important appointments, take vacations and go to meets when you stay home. Sometimes they aren't going to be at practice and will send a substitute. Sometimes I've noticed with others and myself that some swimmers have a tendancy to not work as hard when the coach isn't at practice or steps away for a moment.

    This is a mistake.

    It's important to put forth your best efforts whether your head coach is on deck or an assistant coach or a substitute.

    Especially if you're an age group, high school or college swimmer. Always treat coaches with appreciation and respect. Do what they ask you to do.

    Change the saying
    from
    When the Coach is Away, the swimmers play
    to
    When the Coach is Away, this swimmer still trains hard.

    Do this and you're likely to swim faster faster.
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