Questions from Piscataway, New Jersey

Questions from Piscataway, New Jersey

Post by ara.. » Tue, 21 Jan 1992 20:16:10


Hello,

More questions from Piscataway:

1)  Isolated leg training - Has anyone used this?  Did it help?  Suggestions
for better workouts?  Cadence with one leg?

2)  Swimming - I have a very unbalanced stroke.  I learned to breathe on my
right side.  My right shoulder/elbow work properly as far as mechanics are
concerned, but the left one is a problem-child.  My girlfriend (an excellent
swimmer) has prescribed several specific exercises:  one arm stroke drills,
kicking (my nemesis), alternate breathing left/right, dry land "stretch cord"
exercises...

Any more suggestions?

I typically have difficulty maintaining pace in a long distance swim in the
pool.  In a race I usually fare much better.  Any tips?

3)  Why don't triathlons go swim - bike - drink a beer?

Rolf


 
 
 

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Post by Robert W. Bra » Wed, 22 Jan 1992 06:52:08

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>3)  Why don't triathlons go swim - bike - drink a beer?

Here! Here!  

Actually, I was in an event called a 'beer relay' back in school.
It went something like, chug a beer, sprint 800 meters, give the
baton to someone else who chugs, runs, etc.  I made up a 20
second lead on a very good runner by drinking fast.  I always
have been drawn towards multi-sport competition :).

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Post by Larry Chapm » Wed, 22 Jan 1992 06:32:42

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> Hello,

> More questions from Piscataway:

> 1)  Isolated leg training - Has anyone used this?  Did it help?  Suggestions

I have an ILT addition to my mag trainer.  I really don't use it as much as
I should but I can tell you this -- I'm *terrible* at it!  I can last about
a minute spinning 85 rpm with one leg.  I always wonder how much my cycling
would improve if I was more religous about ILT.

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> for better workouts?  Cadence with one leg?

> 2)  Swimming - I have a very unbalanced stroke.  I learned to breathe on my
> right side.  My right shoulder/elbow work properly as far as mechanics are
> concerned, but the left one is a problem-child.  My girlfriend (an excellent
> swimmer) has prescribed several specific exercises:  one arm stroke drills,
> kicking (my nemesis), alternate breathing left/right, dry land "stretch cord"

Swim bilateral (I think you called this  "alternate  breathing"),  it works
wonders.  Your chiropractor (if you have one) will also be pleased.

Close!  It's "swim - bike - run - drink a beer".

-- LSC

 
 
 

Questions from Piscataway, New Jersey

Post by Vries de » Thu, 23 Jan 1992 00:28:14

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>2)  Swimming - I have a very unbalanced stroke.  I learned to breathe on my
>right side.  My right shoulder/elbow work properly as far as mechanics are
>concerned, but the left one is a problem-child.  My girlfriend (an excellent
>swimmer) has prescribed several specific exercises:  one arm stroke drills,
>kicking (my nemesis), alternate breathing left/right, dry land "stretch cord"
>exercises...
>Any more suggestions?

I've faced the same problem and found that one arm stroke drills helped me
stabalize a lot better. Being used to breath on one side, one automatically
developes a higher stroke on the breathing side. Forcing yourself in one arm
strokes (3 left, 3 right) is forcing your stroke to extend and that is what
it is all about. With the longer stroke though, you have to be carefull not
to turn to much with your shoulders. The breathing movement should come from
the neck, your shoulders will turn anyway, don't worry about that. And
furthermore, if your girlfriend is a good swimmer, look at her breathing timing,
it most probably is completely different from yours. When my trainer showed me
how "real" swimmers time their breaths and I tried it for myself, my swimming
instantly improved. No so much in extra speed but I was able to swim at the
same speed and not get exhausted.

Hope this helps

Back to the pool...

JDV
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Post by Floyd Goodrich-HiEnd AppsE » Thu, 23 Jan 1992 01:07:48

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>1)  Isolated leg training - Has anyone used this?  Did it help?  Suggestions
>for better workouts?  Cadence with one leg?

Yes, I've tried it.  On rollers or a turbo-trainer, it seemed to help
me pedal rotation feel smoother.  It probably makes you a better bikie,
but I didn't see any results for a time-trial application.  It builds
up more lactate tolerance for me than strength.  If you want leg strength,
ride hills and lift weights.

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>2)  Swimming - I have a very unbalanced stroke.  I learned to breathe on my
>right side.  My right shoulder/elbow work properly as far as mechanics are
>concerned, but the left one is a problem-child.  My girlfriend (an excellent
>swimmer) has prescribed several specific exercises:  one arm stroke drills,
>kicking (my nemesis), alternate breathing left/right, dry land "stretch cord"
>exercises...

>Any more suggestions?

Have you tried what she has suggested?  Did it help?  There are a number
of stroke drills for all sorts of stroke problems.  Have you swum with
hand paddles?  If your shoulders can tolerate it, it makes it really
obvious where your stroke is going wrong.  Have you swum with a Masters
team with a coach to watch you (and yell at you if you do it wrong :-) ?

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>I typically have difficulty maintaining pace in a long distance swim in the
>pool.  In a race I usually fare much better.  Any tips?

Swim in a pool with a pace clock at one end.  Check your splits every 100.
Start out easy for 300 or so, then start mentally noting your splits per
100.  When your splits for 2 consecutive 100s are more than 5 seconds off
your split for your 4th 100, stop and rest and start the whole thing over.
You should be able to comfortably swim over a mile at a constant pace.
(One of my favorite workouts is to swim a 2000 making sure that each 400
is *faster* than the previous one.  But that's so boring that I only do it
once every other week or so.)

I think the adrenaline and the competition is what sustains you in races.
You generally have neither in a pool.

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>3)  Why don't triathlons go swim - bike - drink a beer?

They do.  Only there's a 10k in there somewhere.

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>Rolf



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Floyd Goodrich