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Monday, May 01, 2006

Swim Tether - Turn Your Pool into an Ocean



Swimming in Place


As many of you know, this year I am going to focus on trying to increase my open water swimming ability. This new swim tether allows me to swim and swim and swim and not have to turn around and around. I love it. Learn more here.

My swimming dream? Well, I would like to be able to build up the endurance to be able to do some sort of channel crossing, but that will be some years off into the future, and will depend a lot on how my training goes.

By the way, I am swimming in a salt water pool. Read about them here.

BFT, a.k.a. El Mono

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5 Comments:

Anonymous SALLY said...

THAT'S MY BOY...........GOOD IDEA TED,WHAT DO THE DOGS THINK OF IT??
BLM (AKA MOM)

Monday, May 01, 2006

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Well, the dogs are not going in the pool yet. We have to wait a couple weeks for the saltwater system to stabilize.

Monday, May 01, 2006

 
Blogger Papa Louie said...

Looks like fun. Does it really work?

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Yep, it works.

Here's some advice from GoSwim.tv:

I asked the forum:

I am swimming with a line attached to me - tethered in such a way that I can swim to my hearts content without having to turn around in my pool

Question: Can I effectively train for long-distance, open water swimming by swimming tethered in my pool?

Very curious to hear responses on this one.

Best Regards, Barefoot Ted

May 01, 06 9:33 pm

Answer from Barbara Hummel:

Total Topics: 589
Total Posts: 273

Yes!

It might get a little tedious, but you can do it. One way to vary things so you're not just swimming at a slow pace for your entire practice is to do "intervals." Swim against the tether for, say, 60 strokes (or however many strokes it takes you to swim a 100 or 200 or 400 in a pool) and then drift back and rest for 10 or 20 seconds, then take another 60 strokes, etc. Another way to fight boredom is to use a different breathing pattern on each interval or set of intervals -- e.g., every 2/every 3...or every 2/every 5...or every 3/every 5.

If you're swimming mostly freestyle, you might find that wearing a pull buoy gives you a little better body position with the tether.

May 02, 06 10:45 am

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just curious.. which "swim tether" are you using? A friend of mine recommended THE SWIM TETHER that he purchased from www.swimtether.com There seem to be so many options these day.

I had a chance to take his for a test run and the intensity of the workout was surprising. The pool in my backyard is not very big, like most Florida pools, so this seems like a cost-effective solution.

Cheers!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

 

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