Posts Tagged ‘distance swimming’

How a Swim Can Make You Happy
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on September 25th, 2014

I’ve often said that the purpose of swimming is the pursuit of happiness. (If you haven’t had the same thought, consider that the Dalai Lama has written that the purpose of life is the pursuit of happiness.) Indeed, my main reason for swimming open water events is anticipation of the happiness they’ll bring. My latest […]

Zen and the Art of Breaking World (or Personal) Records
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on July 9th, 2014

What do you suppose it takes to set a world record in swimming. More to the point, what do you suppose it feels like to swim faster than any human in history? A recent article in the New York Times Miles From Her Top Competitors, a Young Star Still Outswims Them ?reported that US distance […]

Fifty Years of Swimming Lessons
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on March 25th, 2014

To celebrate my 63rd birthday (today) and 50 years in swimming (I first joined a team at age 13 in 1964) I’ve decided to devote a series of posts to reflecting on what I’ve learned about swimming along the way. Like many people, I started out ignorant of what lay ahead—and indeed ignorant about most […]

T.I. (‘Tee-Aye’) Chi
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on February 7th, 2014

Brian Suddeth, a TI enthusiast from Bowie MD. has been helping a blind friend and co-worker, named Mark, to learn efficiency the TI way. Mark had attempted a marathon run, but suffered an injury and had to drop out. ?So his new goal is to complete a mile in open water, at the Great Chesapeake […]

Allen Rosenberg Transformed Olympic Rowing: What can his methods do for your swimming?
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on December 15th, 2013

This week, TI Coach Bill Lang sent me a link to a NY Times obituary for Allen Rosenberg,the US national coach for rowing in the 1960s and 1970s, a period of transformation in rowing form and philosophy. Bill shared this with me because he saw such strong parallels between Rosenberg’s principles and those of TI. […]

Crossing Gibraltar Strait: A Journey to Joy
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on October 31st, 2013

On October 11, I swam across Gibraltar Strait, with ?TI colleagues Lennart Larsson of Orebro, Sweden and Tommi Patila of Helsinki, Finland. We swam 18km (11+ miles) in 5 hours 18 minutes. Water temperatures started at 18C (64F) near the Spanish coast, rose to 19 in mid-Strait, then dipped to 16C (60F) as we approached […]

Swim 3 Open Water Miles and Enjoy Every Stroke? Yes!
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on August 24th, 2013

This is a guest post by TI/OW enthusiast Christian Miles of Washington DC Back in January I’d registered for the 3-mile open water swim event– part of the Kingdom Swim in Newport, VT–scheduled for July 6th. At the time it struck me as a good challenge and a great?adventure which I could share with lifelong […]

Video: The BEAUTY of Effortless. The SKILL of Slow.
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on August 1st, 2013

The liveliest thread on the TI Discussion Forum at the moment is titled ‘a question about continuance.’?with, as of this morning, 59 posts, which have drawn over 1300 views. What’s curious about this thread is that the initial query was about how to swim faster, yet the bulk of discussion has centered on various forms […]

What is Success in TI Swimming?
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on January 25th, 2013

For TI coaches, the measure of success is how many ‘ordinary’ people we can help have EXTRAORDINARY swim experiences.

Guest Post (VIDEO) How I Learned to Love Open Water
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on November 2nd, 2012

“TI teaches something much bigger than swimming technique. It teaches you to be in harmony with yourself and with the natural world.”