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Hey all,<br><br>
I know there seem to be some serious swim concerns from among this group. I wish I could *virtually* help you all. The swim video is in phase 1 of production. In the interim, if anyone is near the Atlanta area and could benefit from my swim clinic, Jan 13, 3:00pm-6:00pm.<br><br>
Tithers took this so she could possibly speak to its value. ?<br><br>
Each person video taped with analysis, lots of work on drills and relating it to each person. We cap the clinic at 8 people so there is a good amount of individual attention.<br><br>
Tim Storsteen and I try to do one 1x/month. So if this round won't work for you but you're interested, let me know and I'll keep you in the loop for future clinics.<br><br>
Swim on, little fishies! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Ooh, I wish you lived closer to Richmond. This IS SO WHAT I NEED! Thanks for the update if I am ever in Atl, I'll be there in a shot.
 

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Thanks for the invite. That's the week before my local half marathon.....is that too close? Would love to do it. Swim meet the next month, too.<br><br><br>
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Sound great! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"> Is the training actually conducted in Atlanta? What is the cost involved? I may see me driving to Atlanta in the near future. I need help drastically on my swim.
 

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Here is the info re the clinic:<br>
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Is SWIMMING the weakest part of Triathlon for you? Let us help!<br><br><br>
Swim Clinic on Sunday, January 13<br>
3:00pm – 6:00pm<br>
Location: Marist High School Pool<br>
Cost: $100<br><br>
This clinic will include extensive pool time. Each swimmer will be<br>
individually video taped with analysis from both Tim and Carole. Each swimmer with be assigned drills based on their limiters and worked with as to how to apply the drills to their stroke. Tim and Carole will also talk about what to do from that point moving forward in terms of suggestions for swim training<br>
based on the goals of the individual.<br><br>
Coaches:<br>
Tim Storsteen:<br>
Former All American, full scholarship for swimming to Clemson University. Ten years of coaching experience for USS (united States Swimming), USMS (United States Masters Swimming), YMCA, and Summer League Swimming. Ceritified ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) coach for 8 years. Over 25 years of competive swimming through USS, NCAA, USMS, and USAT. Current Masters coach for Westminster Killer Whales in Atlanta, GA.<br><br>
Carole Sharpless:<br>
Carole is a former All-American, nationally-ranked swimmer. Having turned<br>
Professional in Triathlon in 2004, she is known for her swimming prowess.<br>
Carole is consistently among the top-3 overall women out of the water, and has placed as a Pro:<br>
•2nd Ironman FL 2006<br>
•4th Ironman Louisville 2007<br>
•4th Ironman Lake Placid 2003<br>
•6th Ironman Florida 2005.<br>
•2003 Ironman National Champion<br>
She has extensive experience in open water swimming. Carole is skilled at helping to identify weak points in the swim form of athletes and helping to assess what is needed for improvement. She is regarded as one of the finest swim technicians in the Southeast.<br>
Her website: <a href="http://www.carole-sharpless" target="_blank">www.carole-sharpless</a>. com<br><br>
For more information:<br>
Tim Storsteen: [email protected] com or Carole: [email protected]
 

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Sounds like fun!! Maybe it should be a traveling clinic, perhaps stopping in Raleigh, NC next <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Ah! Good timing CC...I was JUST about to write my "Ode to the Swim Clinic."<br><br>
Ok-I need to go throw some grades at the kindergarten teachers...do car rider duty...run some super-secret tempo...lift some heavy weights...eat and do whatever comes after eating.<br><br>
Then you'll get a short swim clinic report.<br><br>
I PROMISE it won't be nearly as long as the IM report(S)...then again 2-3 hours verses 14...hmmmmmmm!<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
I'm still waiting to know which brand model that hot purple swimsuit you had...Sherry was likin' it!
 

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Trust me...it's fine to do it the week before the half. You're not in the pool the whole time. You analyze video, talk about drills, etc...PLUS...as TriDaddy likes to say...swim has no impact (not like runnin or biking) so it's good to do whenever.<br><br>
Sheldon lets me swim as much as I want...I was swimming "large #s" during my IM Taper...just sayin'
 

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Dang...this makes me want to see if there are any bargain flights to Atlanta from the left coast here
 

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Us Atlantans are Hospitable!
 

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Yay.<br>
that's good to know.<br><br>
Now...Just have to sign up.<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I think I am in. I need the help. DW said go for it. But now I found out I might have another committment at 7 that night. Have to wait and find out. Will let you know one way or another by the end of the weekend.
 

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Ok...Tithers' OFFICIAL Report!<br><br><br><div style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:Calibri;">Sherry’s Swim Clinic Report</span></div>
<br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">One day I get this email in my box…it was from CC…she said, “Sherry-you MUST come to swim clinic. All the super-hawt triathletes attend.”</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">I’ve had friends that recommended her clinics to me. Everyone that I’ve talked with has come out saying that they were a better swimmer and had a more powerful stroke. Since I look up to my fellow Ironman friends…what would I have to lose?</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">Finally-after Tri-Season was over my schedule was opened up to attend…I almost had to cancel on the clinic because my tattoo had to get re-inked.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">A week after I got the inside of the M-dot re-shaded, I caked some ointment on threw my clothes off like I was in “Showgirls” and dug around for my cap and goggles. TG I had my goggles. Tithers has a bad habit of forgetting goggles. Yes. She has 3 pair!</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">After a short intro from CC and Tim we were told our taping order (I was last-they didn’t want to intimidate the other swimmers). So-while we waited we had to warm-up in the other lanes. Jeebus! When was the last time I swum? Oh yeah. Like a month ago! I was surprised I was able to stay afloat.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">So, it comes my turn to swim. I swim from Tim and his camera to CC on the other end of the pool. She’s sweet. She called me honey and other affectionate terms. I felt special. Then she told me she likes to call people that so they’re not nervous. Sherry? Nervous? Did I look nervous? Ruh-roh! I wasn’t nervous. Or was I? I swam some more laps taped by Mr. Tim.</span><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">Fast forward! Time to grab a towel! So-they passed out the clip boards…the blank paper…the pencils. I was at the end of the line. I got the chewed up pencil. Oh well. It’s better than when the kids at school sneeze and get snot all over my xylophone mallets. I was super-excited for some real critique!</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">So-first victim was up. Lots of time was spent on him. He needed lots of time! What’s great about watching everyone on tape-not just yourself-is seeing what they do…b/c chances are-a lot of what they do that’s funny is something you also do. Or perhaps it’s something that you had to correct in the past. Reinforcement is key for my learning style.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">I also liked trying to ID problems before CC or Tim would say them…perhaps it’s the teacher in me…always trying to analyze my students-what would I tell that person to help make their stroke better. Whatever I would’ve said was much more eloquently said by CC and Tim…crap they’re the experts who know the “terms” and ins-and outs of teaching folks how to swim. I just know how not to drown and how to sight instead of following schools of fishies in an OWS</span> <span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">J</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">OK…I found this HILARIOUS…so CC…ummm…you won’t mind me posting this. CC and Tim were critiquing a fellow triathlete. CC-you know…on her signature-the professional eater-was chowing on a granola bar. I was hungry. I thought about grabbing it off the tv stand when she turned around. Anyhoo-she drops it on the pool deck and picks it up and eats it. We had a cute married couple there. Cute married couple wife (Swimmer/Runner-about to buy a bike), “OMG-you’re eating that?”</span><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">CC’s Response: “Sister-we’re triathletes-we eat off PAVEMENT!” The look on cute married girls face…ha!</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">Ok…after about 7 people…it’s MY TURN. Oh yah…forgot to mention…THE CLINICS ARE SMALL!!!! I’ve been to swim clinics where there were 20-30 other swimmers. I felt like I got the attention I needed/deserved/paid for. Research shows that the student/teacher ratio is key to success. Please don’t make me quote a study. I can find one if you want.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">Oh…back to MY TURN! Always start with the positive! I’m a great breather! You can only see one goggle eye coming out of the water. I had good extension…but of course…there were a few funky things about my swim. Remember. CC has the video. She will sell it at a nominal fee. Sherry in a black speedo. Only if I get a cut!</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">So-I over reach with my right hand when entering the water, and my left hand enters the water and scooped down then back up.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">I also think I was labeled as the girl with the slowest recovery in the stroke in all of North America. I was RECOVERING…what can I say!</span><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">My head was too low, while most people’s were too high…</span><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">My left hand was over-finishing, which caused too much rotation when I stroke that side.</span><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">I don’t finish my stroke when my hands get to my hips.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">After we get the critiques it’s time for drillz and skillz. I’m not gonna post much here about it b/c that’s the steak and potatoes of making a better swimmer. We got a handout and got to keep out clipboards and pencils. We sat along the edge of the pool and were allowed to dangle our feet in the water. So glad I had a pedicure!</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">We got to see CC demonstrate all the drills on the handout…take notes and admire her in her pink IM Louisville cap and HOT-LOOKING purple swimsuit. I’m still waiting on details on it so I can convince the hubby to buy it for me. If not I’ll buy it for myself. I’m a modern woman.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">Watching CC swim is like watching a fish in the water. She precision and relaxation looks like we were meant to be water creatures. She just glides right through. Of course…we got jokes inb/w each drill…she’s good at giving us a hard time…in a loving way. Kinda like how I give CS a hard time. It’s outta love! Well-you know…non-stalkerish kinda love.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;">We were told to split up in pairs into lanes and got to demonstrate the drills w/both CC and Tim giving us helpful advice. Something was said to me…always with positive reinforcement on how to improve. I never got to the end of the pool without a comment waiting. I like comments. Comments are helpful. ‘Nuff said!</span>
 

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OK-if you and Stitch are coming from Bammer we must have dinner!
 

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HELL YEAH!!
 

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Tithers...<br>
A weakness of mine is new swim suits.<br>
I love 'em!<br><br>
I can type the URLs to all the cool swim companies by heart....isn't that sad?<br><br>
Oh...speaking of kid snot.....<br>
What is it about teachers, aunties, moms, and dads that allows them to touch the grossest stuff and not worry about it. I've been sneezed on (gross), coughed on (not much less gross), and even pooped on (ok, she was only 1 week old, it wasn't her fault). but, what surprises me most are the times when I will willingly take food from a child's mouth (that they want to spit out, not by force!) and calmly junk it in the trash. Ever see the look on a toddlers face when she/he gets a mouth full of choco mint cookie and doesn't like it? he he he. You can soooo tell that they don't like it. It just comes falling out of their mouths.
 

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Lysol and hand sanitizer are my best friend!<br><br>
Oh...and I throw up in my mouth when kids do GROSS STUFF!
 

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Yeah.....<br>
I'm a sympathy puker.<br><br>
But, I'm just sayin' that folks in these positions tend to have higher "grosss tolerance" than your average off the street person who doesn't have or interact with kids on a regular basis.
 

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Tithers - You haven't seen anyone not be able to swim until you seen me swim. I have never had a lesson a day in my life. Self taught and I haven't even read a book about swimming yet.<br><br>
Just starting this Triathlon thing.
 

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You can't get any worse.<br><br>
2 falls ago I did my first sprint tri. I came in LAST in my AG for the swim.<br>
This year I did relay(swim portion) I calculated my results and came in 4th/50 in my AG. That's AWESOME!<br><br>
A few lessons/clinics will REALLY help you! Now's the time to work it!
 
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