Swimming

Swimming

Post by Matt Coh » Sun, 15 Sep 1991 03:39:00


        How do you choose swim paddle size, and where can one find the world records
        or winning times for swimming?  When do you increase the paddle size?
        Is there a newsgroup or mailing list for swimming?

        - Matt "I'm not drowning, it's my backstroke" Cohen

 
 
 

Swimming

Post by Keith Jacks » Wed, 18 Sep 1991 02:12:04

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>    How do you choose swim paddle size, and where can one find the world records
>    or winning times for swimming?  When do you increase the paddle size?

  An article in Triathlete magazine by Chip (I can't remember his last name, it
begins with a Z), describes why paddles are NOT a very good swimming aide, especially
for those who not not have the greatest form to begin with.  He suggests that even
though paddles may help strengthen your arms they deform your stroke enough to do
more harm then good.  For more info refer to the article (if you can find it).  I
used to use paddles regularly in my off season training.  Based on this article and
talking to several swim coaches, I have stopped.

From several sources I have heard that using small fins (such as zoomers) help much
more because by allowing you to swim faster.  This puts you in a better swim position
and gives your arms the feel of accelerating though a stroke.  It makes you feel
like you are swimming downhill.

I have not used the small fins, but have used force fins which are larger.  If you
think fins are going to make for an easy workout, try it out.  

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>    Is there a newsgroup or mailing list for swimming?

Unfortunately you are stuck with rec.sport.tri for now.

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>    - Matt "I'm not drowning, it's my backstroke" Cohen

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Swimming

Post by redmo.. » Thu, 19 Sep 1991 18:56:33

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>    How do you choose swim paddle size, and where can one find the world records
>    or winning times for swimming?  When do you increase the paddle size?
>    Is there a newsgroup or mailing list for swimming?

>    - Matt "I'm not drowning, it's my backstroke" Cohen

I'm a competitive swimmer (swimming only, no triathlons ;-( ) and I use
paddles sometimes in training. The paddles should be just bigger than
your hand to start with and you should use them with only a strap around
the middle finger ie: take off the strap at the wrist. This ensures that
your stroke doesn't get affected as the paddle will flap if you're
swimming incorrectly. I swim up to 45,000m per week and my stroke is
pretty cool so they shouldn't***it up. Try to "perfect" your stroke
before using paddles. As for inceasing the paddle size, I haven't a
clue. I haven't changed the size of my paddles yet.

What world records do you want. I have them and World rankings (both
Long and Short course (50m and 25m pools)). If enough people want the
records I'll post. Email if you want them or rankings. I'll only give
rankings for a particular stroke and distance as they're pretty long.

Donch.



 
 
 

Swimming

Post by Rich Dav » Fri, 20 Sep 1991 08:01:26

I think if your a good swimmer, with good technique, and a solid
endurance base, paddles, can be a good way to add diversity to your
swimming.  Unfortunately, I don't think paddles should be considered
an endurance building training tool.  

Paddles with their increased resistence, is both a blessing and a
curse. True they make you go faster, but the added resistence can
also accentuate the weaknesses in a stroke. As an example, when
you start to get tired, you will tend to drop your elbow
during the pull.  This places the bulk of the work load on the
shoulder joint, especially with paddles, and could, after a
prolonged period of time, become injured; "swimmers shoulder".  

I've trained a lot with paddles, (not so much any more), and always
enjoyed the speed I could travel. With paddles and a buoy, I could
swim at max effort forever and not get tired.  One thing I noticed
is an almost ***ed feeling to paddles. Like I was an insecure
swimmer without my paddles.  Fortunately, With a great deal of
discpline, I was able to wein myself from paddles, however  some
were not so lucky. I have seen swimmers who are so ***ed to
paddle swimming they never take'em off.  Even when they drink beer!

-RC