Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tie 'em Up!

I've been spending some time with my feet tied together. It makes me even slower in the water than I already am. But I've been told over time, it will make me faster.

It's pretty simple. Next time you get a flat out on a ride - save the tube. When you get home cut it up and tie it into a loop that fits your ankles.

During your cool down or drill portion of your swim - band the ankles together and work on keeping your body on top of the water as your legs try to sink (no cheating with a pull buoy!) Nice part is when I remove the band I really feel like a fish!

22 comments:

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

hi;)
my DH swears by this for his own swimming.


yah...think it works;-)

swim like a fish... right?;-0

Kiet said...

Forgot to tell you to put one twist in the band (making a figure 8) and insert one foot in each of the two holes of the 8. That secures the feet even more.

Steve said...

shoot!! I have no spare flat tubes laying around, and my bike hasn't been outside in a while. Guess that will have to wait. :)

Here's hoping for no flats this year. :)

JenniferLeah said...

cool tip! I have tons of those "therabands" laying around that could be put to good use :D

Running and living said...

This is what the cool kids do these days. Must try it:)

Bre said...

it works!! Band only swimming is my absolutely favourite way to swim. the bonus is that it trains you to not use your legs so much and therefore saves your legs for the bike/run!
and when the band only gets easy, my swim coach likes to take a 5lb weight and attach it to the band so it hangs between your feet...cute idea huh? ;)

Kim said...

i tried this last week and i nearly drowned! i need to practice more!

Luke said...

I'm going to try this. Maybe I can stop swimming like a thrashign killer whale.

Snakebite said...

My, what cute toes you have! And, the fashion possibilities of that thing are endless! Wear it to work today.

Christi said...

I must try this!

barklesstrimore said...

Oh the different ways of torture.

That reminds me of the swim where my coach had us wearing oversized t-shirts for the whole swim... We were allowed to take it off for the cooldown... Swimming feels like nothing after that.

I wonder when we start to tie our feet together. Seems to what all the cool kids do these days! ;-)

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

I'm a one kick per swim stroke kind of guy just to keep my feet afloat anyway.... the "quiet" feet people love to draft off... of course they are 1hr25min people and probably don't know how to draft anyway... but thats another story.
Hey, if I used my legs, would I be faster?? :)

Elizabeth A. Rich said...

Oh my gosh, this is one of those things that you don't think will be that hard until you actually try it and your feet try to sink down like an anchor! GREAT work Charisa and thanks for the inspiration :)

Kim said...

I've swam with a band once before and holy moly, I've never felt like I was going to drown as much as I did that day. But, it is definitely a great workout. Thanks for the bike tube idea, hadn't thought of that to use as a band. Will definitely do that the next time I flat.

Molly said...

I get this one from my coach fairly often. Once you get the hang of it it's kidna fun!

DS said...

I've been a fan of minimal leg use during the swim ever since starting with Tri's. I see it as the phase were you can burn out the arms because you really wont need them the rest of the race, but also to conserve your leg energy because its a long day for them. Great use of blown tubes, god knows we all have too many of them laying around. I was at REI the other day and they have a kit to turn your old tubes into bungie cords. Keep the ideas flowing. ~DS

TRI714 said...

The best tip I have recieved in awhile. Im doing this

Bre said...

nope not joking at all about the weighted band!! I wish I was though! Add in some big paddles and you have power for distance swimmers!
With the weighted band we only do short/explosive set at the end of a pull set- like 8 x 25's but nothing more than a 25.

Beth said...

I've never used the band with out a pull buoy. CHEATER I am! :) Band is tough stuff. You are such a fish!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Oh my, that looks really hard!!

ajann0924 said...

brings back some memories. we also used to swim with sneakers and clothes and then every tues/thur mornings a 5gallon bucket tied to our waists, fun times.

GoBigGreen said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the band, good oblique work:)
Ahh outdoor pools. I cant wait for that too!