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Anyway, breathing and balance are my two biggest swimming problems and this video addresses both in a way that appears achievable. After watching the video, I believe that it will be possible to breathe bilaterally and swim in a relaxed manner, which is saying a lot.
Also, I have the first TI book and the video is MUCH better. It is much easier to follow a video than static illustrations in a book.
To give you some background, I'm not a very good swimmer. (I'm not a very good biker or runner either, but that's another post) So I bought the Total Immersion book a few years ago and it sounded great. I tried to follow the book, but some of the drills seemed confusing. I thought it was hard to figure out based only on reading the book. But I tried to follow what I could and it seemed to help. It's sort of hard to tell since you can't see yourself swim. I felt like I was swimming faster, and I know swimming was definitely getting easier.
Anyway, I borrowed the Swim Video last year and this didn't help me any. For me, the drills seemed too hard to follow. But I kept trying to follow what I thought the book was saying.
Well, for Christmas, my wife got me the Fishlike Freestyle and the Triathlon Swimming book. (I'm persistant if I'm not anything else.) I'll tell you, the video was awesome. My memory could be bad, but it seemed to be much easier to follow than the last video I watched. Again, I don't have the previous video available to compare, but the FF video was exactly what I was looking for. It showed me the drills, and it showed me what I was supposed to look like when I swim.
About the triathlon book. I haven't read the whole thing, so I can't give a good report (although you didn't ask for one on the book, I'll give it anyway) but it seems like the first part is just a recap of his previous book, just directed towards triathletes. Maybe as I get further in the book it will have different materials, but so far he just explains his philosophy. (Which I guess I would expect since some people may not have his previous book.)
So that's it. I didn't watch the Power Video, so I can't comment on that.
Hope this helps.
Thats my TI opinion.
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The next year for x-mas I got the 1st TI book and between January and March of last year I did nothing but TI drills ( I did borrow the video from the local masters club) After doing just drills and swimming the TI way I was able to jump to an Olympic distance event and the swim was the least stressful and easiest of all three events. I effortlessly swam the 1500 in 30min with a hr in the low 140's and was disapointed that I didnt push harder in the swim b/c it was so much easier than the year before.
For me TI was great.
I agree. In fact I started my swimming "career" in high school and learned most of my stroke technique by simply watching how the best guys on the team swam. I didn't know it then, but they were among the best in the world, so I got some good tutoring. I got the TI video a few years ago just to see if I could learn something from them - I'm always willing to learn more - but I just wasn't patient enough to do the drills. And watching the video was not that informative because they never swam "at speed" so the movements were grossly exagerated. My opinion is that if you want to see how to swim, watch a good or great swimmer at full speed and look at every single detail of how they move. Maybe a good strategy for a novice or poor swimmer would be to have both: Use the TI to learn positioning, glide, etc, and other full speed videos to see how it comes together in "real life."
"My strategy is to start out slow and then peter-out altogether" Walt Stack
Having said that, the $80 - $100 I spent would have been better spent on some form of coaching. I just finished a six week endurance swim class ($80) that gave me access to a coach once a week. We did a lot of TI type drills, but with a coach you get feedback on if you are doing them correctly. My problem with the videos is that you can watch how to do a drill 20 times, hop in the pool, do the drill incorrectly and never know it.
My history - signed up for my 1st tri in the summer of 2001. a sprint of course. I started reading the TI book to figure out what to do. I finished the swim in 15'03, a pace of 1'43/100yd, which put me in the top 41% for the swim.
I took the TI 2-day course, that december and signed up for the olympic distance version of the same race this last summer (same lake, similar conditions, likely a similar base of athletes, etc) and swam the Oly course in 21'08, a pace of 1'17/100yd, which put me in the top 20% for the swim.
Was that all TI? of course, not. but I don't think I could have made that much gain in my swim that quickly without them.