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Year of first Tri race?

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  1. alrighty folks, it's time I did some proper swimming again... What's happening in the way of squads etc in Sydney. I'm injured and cant run at the moment so probably going to try and get out as much as possible. I live in Drummoyne and Work in Randwick and St Peter's. Somewhere in between is ok I guess. Figure LCW and triple tri aren't too far away and it's the only part that's going to hurt. A lot.
  2. Long shot but wondering if anyone here has ear drum surgery (myringoplasty) and can give me an idea of recovery time so I can judge getting back to swim training for Sunny coast 70.3? Story: burst my eardrum for the second time in my life last year. Permanent hole in the drum that needs surgery to repair. Can swim though only with plugs and even then there is an increased risk of ear infections. Doc seems to suggest that a month of no water in the ear at all post surgery but I'm chasing down anecdotal evidence as to when returning to the pool may be realistic. I'm scheduled for the surgery in mid April and I'm guessing that its going to mean ~two months out of the pool which might just ruin my 70.3 training so considering delaying until after these events.
  3. Hi all. Long time lurker, first time poster - hopefully I haven't broken any forum rules by posting this.... Just about to kick off my training for the tri season with the aim of doing my first ironman sometime next year so I'm getting my gear together. I'm trying to get recommendations on some kind of SPF 'swim top' for a man. I'd like to do a few lunchtime base-building swims at my work, and don't really fancy lathering up on sunscreen for a 20 minute swim and after something functional that will not be too much of an impedance in the water. Nor do I really want to bring my tri suit to work. I've been looking at what speedo offer in terms of 'sun tops' (see here for example) - but these seem to be like tops you'd wear doing water sports rather than something you train in. Has anyone used a sun top while training and can make any recommendations? Many thanks in advance, Daz
  4. Here's my problem. As I've stated here numerous times, I'm an ordinary swimmer. I have no dramas swimming long distance, I just take my time about it. My wife is not a great swimmer, but is a fair bit better than me. In a recent 3km event here I swam a 59.27 and she swam 52.48. Now when I put a wetsuit on, my times improve a fair bit. I go from a 34 minute 1500 to a 30 minute. Trouble is, when my wife puts hers on, she goes backwards. We did a 1600m ocean swim yesterday and I swam past her at about the 1000m mark and just kept going. I finished about a minute in front of her. Needless to say, I copped a spray for swimming "too fast" and "cheating" and "not training". So I'm looking for answers. I think she's in the wrong type of wetsuit. She's wearing an Orca Alpha long sleeve and she complains that she always feels like a cork bobbing around. There was a bit of surface chop yesterday and she also had to breathe to her wrong side to avoid copping it in the face. Is there a wetsuit style that doesn't have as much buoyancy? My Orca 3.8 has amazing buoyancy from the thighs to the diaphragm which is perfect for me but she obviously needs much less. Sorry for the long post, just trying to preserve my sanity.
  5. Hello all, Looking for some reassurance/assistance/advice on this one. I'm a pretty crap swimmer (swam 1:04:xx in IMOZ this yr and usually ~1:08). I don't have a swim background and up until recently have never had lessons or swam in a squad. About 6 weeks ago I started in a very small swim squad (3-6 people) and am making some pretty good progress. At the moment I'm able to swim 100 repeats in 1:35-1:40 (on 1:50) which for me is pretty good and probably about 10 seconds faster than previous (25m pool disclaimer). I'm not sure if this is the norm but standard swim sessions mainly consist of 25s, 50s, 100s and occasionally some 200s, alll at a pretty decent clip (for me). A fair bit of kick work and swimming with fins also involved. Maybe 2.5km main set and between 3.5km-3.8km total. My questions is how well does doing all these repeats relate to an IM (or half) swim E.g. If I continue to swim 2-3 squads per week until Busso should this be OK or should I be doing some longer, slower stuff too? How well does this type of swimming translate to improving overall race times? My concern is that I'm going to learn how to swim short, hard stuff pretty well but may still struggle with longer swims?? Cheers.
  6. Swimming about four times / week. One of the sessions I aim to a main set of (currently 20x) 100s @ x pace. What's a good way to progress this set over the next 6 months (keeping in mind, IM distance)? Should I just keep ramping up the interval time, and # of reps as I make each completion? Or should I instead drop the interval distance (or increase it?) and work off an appropriate time base for those distances?
  7. Good morning all! We wanted to reach out to the transition community and provide you with some information on the upcoming ATEC (Australian Triathlon Endurance and Cycling) EXPO being held in July 2015 in Sydney. Visit the web page - www.atecexpo.com.au/jh for all the details and signup to the newsletter for up to date information. If you own, operator or work for a company who is interested in Sponsorship or Exhibition Space contact the following individuals Exhibition Opportunities - Joshua Haywood (02) 9080 4055 or Joshua.Haywood@informa.com.au Sponsorship Opportunities - Vanessa Iacomino (02) 9080 4016 or Vanessa.Iacomino@informa.com.au Cheers! The ATEC TEAM www.atecexpo.com.au/jh
  8. johnp

    Gladstone Swim

    Hi All, I'm in Gladstone for the next few weeks for work. I've heard rumours of a group doing a regular open water swim on Sunday morning somewhere close by, but can't find out who or when. Anyone know who they might be, and or help me out with a contact or time and place (PM is fine if you don't want to post it publicly). Thanks, John.
  9. Hi all, I wonder if it's possible to gather some opinions on whether the following makes sense to the swim/anatomy experts here. I know my form isn't good, and I know I need to see someone about stroke correction, but I think the onset of my lower back pain may be specific to one aspect of my thrashing. After about 500m swimming, I always experience lower back pain; I suffer from pain in this area anyway (tight hip flexors, hammies like a grannie's), so have accepted that it will irritate me. I've tried a few things to try and ease the pain e.g. dropping my head to raise my legs, but all to no avail, also swimming in a wet suit with the added buoyancy makes no difference. Today, however, I might have worked out the problem, but would welcome others' thoughts. I try and rotate in the water, but I think I'm only rotating my upper body (probably just my shoulders), leaving my hips flat. This would torque my lower back, putting it under stress and thus cause pain. When I experimented and focused on rotating my hips, the pain seemed to ease. To do this, I imagined a string attached to my hip on the side I'm going to breath on, and this string pulling upwards, so in effect the hip-turn dictated the rotation of my upper body. It felt very exaggerated, but that may be because I'm not used to doing it. I know the rotation should be log-like, but does the pain area, the perceived problem and the attempted solution make sense? Cheers - and thanks! TenPints
  10. Hi guys, As mentioned on the other thread, I've been in touch with Coach@ to work out suitable date(s) for the swim clinic as there seems to be enough interest from people here to make it worthwhile. At this point the first date available is 23rd February (Saturday) AM and/or PM depending on the numbers. The people who expressed their interest on the other thread will be given priority as per the list below. Once I get confirmation of availability / interest from these people, we will work out whether there is scope for two or more sessions. So with all of the above in mind, can you please get back to me VIA EMAIL to rppassis AT gmail.com using the subject SWIM CLINIC by Friday 01st February to let me know if you are interested / available to attend on the date above mentioned? Please make sure you include your Transitions username as well so I know who you are! If I don't hear back from you by then your name will be dropped off to the bottom of the list. Cost hasn't been worked out yet but it will be in the ballpark of $100 per person, paid in advance and directly to Mick. Location will be somewhere in the Southerland Shire, pending pool availability. Current names (in order of expression of interest on the previous thread) 1. Mr TinMan 2. Stem 3. Tortoise 4. Trinube 5. TJ01 (via PM) 6. sutts (via PM) 7. Mr Blonde 8. Nealo 9. TrinewB 10. Sunnygirl 11. BattleOn 12. Go Easy 13. JGF 14. p mcleod 15. Clyde 16. Birdman 17. Raydial 18. ironpo Finally, please note that having your name on the list does not guarantee that the clinic will run as there are many details yet to be finalised. Any questions, feel free to shoot me an email. Cheers Rog
  11. I just got back in the pool last week after a bit of a break post Ironman and decided to use my new toy to get some underwater footage of my swimming. I'm interested in getting feedback from swimmers and coaches around this joint as I'm planning to spend some time working on a couple of obvious flaws with my stroke. This is the first time I saw myself swimming underwater and the two main things that jump out from looking at this video are: 1) Head is a bit high 2) Elbow drops on both arms, worse on the right hand side. Is there anything else I'm missing? What can I do to work on fixing these issues? I guess the head position is the easiest but what about the catch / elbow drop? Cheers, Rog
  12. Okay, we all laughed at poor old Eric 12 years ago. However, I started swimming 4 years ago. I have now completed 3 HIM, 2 LC, 9 OD and countless sprint and shorter races and I still can't beat Eric's time for the 100m. Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of swimming, and definitely don't swim as much as I should, but I'd like to think I'm a better swimmer than that. Oh well, back to the pool.
  13. So all is going well with my training for Busselton but I can't deny the fact that I've seriously neglected my swim for the last few months. So off a handful of squads and another handful of solo sessions I ended up with a 1m41s/100m swim at Forster this weekend. It felt "comfortable" and about right in terms of pacing but not good enough in my books and it is time to get serious about it (I'm hoping I do have enough time to get serious about it!). If you were in my situation, aside from swimming a lot, as often as possible, what would you recommend as the most productive way to get my swim down from pathetic to average (~1m30s/100m with a wetsuit)? I look forward to your answers Rog
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  15. Anyone tried this ?http://www.swimsmooth.com/catchmasterclass.html for a gumby swimmer like me - is there any information in there which I cant already get from you tube ? I've been working on my catch a bit lately and have seen some improvement but still a loooooooong way to go. Thanks
  16. Everyone that I talk to in my squad swims faster in the pool than in the open water. I am the exact opposite. 500m pool TT 8min open water equivalent 7:30. Not too stressed as we don't race in the pool just interested as to how everyone else's times compared.
  17. Hi Team, Not too long ago I moved to Southport. I am a weak swimmer and have struggled to find a squad down here that I could join. I had joined a squad in Brisi not long before i moved and felt like i was making some good progress on my stroke and swimming fitness. But, since coming here haven't found a squad that offers a lot in the way of stroke correction and I just don't have the ability to swim with most of the squads here at the moment. They cycle pretty much everything on 2mins per 100 where that is going flat out for me. Any ideas on other squads, or should i try for some private lessons to try and develop the stroke a bit. I have tried just hanging on in the squad and bashing it out but it feels like i am getting worse not better.
  18. Any of the lakes in Canberra open at the minute for swimming? If so anyone interested in doing a weekly swim, possibly a Sunday arvo swim? I usually swim in Ginny from the park where they hold the aquathlons. Cheers H
  19. Having a chat with friends about how in a squad at Claremont pool (50m) we can swim faster than a different squad at challenge stadium pool (50m). Now the pool at challenge is deeper and 10 Lane compared to 8 @ Claremont Is there more to be said about squad structure coaching techniques etc than meets the eye or is it just a simply shallow pools are faster. Please explain Uber Swimmers
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