Archive for the “Technique” Category

Here’s a link to a great description and dry land drill for Freestyle Tempo, High Elbow Position and Catch by Mark Evans.

And this one has some phenominal Breaststroke by US swimmer Ed Moses. Keep watching after the short course race with Kitajima … the 200m 2:02 is unbelievable.

And some beautiful Backstroke swimming in slow motion … note the selection of suggested clips beside this one.

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From the blocks and off each turn, a Dolphin Kick is now allowed in addition to the full double arm pull and a single whip-kick. Click through to his link on the USA Swimming web site to read a great description of the Breaststroke Pullout.

Click to the Speedo Tip of the Week Archive to read more great swimming advice.

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I recently downloaded the FINA results from the previous World Masters Swimming Championships, held at Stanford CA in 2006. I find it mind boggling how fast the men are in the 45-49 age group, the swimmers with whom I’ll have to compete against for the first time in 2008. For example (all LCM times): 53 swam sub-28 second 50m FS (fastest was 24.29), 35 swam sub-1 minute 100m FS (fastest was 54.41), one Brazilian swam the 200m FS under 2 minutes … and on it goes.

I couldn’t help but wonder … “Who the heck are these guys???”. In doing a bit of Google searching, I am across Ande Rasmussen and his Swim Faster Faster Tips. The tips are presented in a few different forms … the previous link is to a very long thread on the US Masters web site where the tips are interspersed with commentary. A listing of just the tips is found at (hosted on Yahoo Sports).

Be prepared for a lot of reading … but the tips are very good. Ande is in the ‘young’ 40′s group … one of his tips is about setting goals … I believe his goal for last year was breaking 2:00 minutes in the 200 IM, which he did.

To see what “these guys” train like, have a look at Ande’s daily workout postings.


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