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Water Polo Anyone?

Old 09-29-10, 01:28 PM
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Water Polo Anyone?

I've got a few friends who are big water polo players, I myself had never done it until last night when they convinced me to join in on one of their club team practices. As I have been riding for a while and long distances and have been doing quite well I thought I could hang once I got in the water and holy S*** was I wrong, I was burnt out in about 15 min. Any of you roadies have water polo experience?
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The only headgear dorkier than bike hemets.




And no, I could not hang with these guys at all.
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I used to play until my horse drowned.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
I used to play until my horse drowned.
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I would never play water polo. It would cause me to build arm muscle which would weigh me down when cycling.
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I did in high school. It's very difficult...
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I played for 10 years, coached for 3.
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Originally Posted by simnorm View Post
I played for 10 years, coached for 3.
got any tips on "egg beater" because i cannot get that down
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I've played polo. It's fun, I wish our hs had a team.
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Low body fat is the enemy. You will sink like a rock.
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I have done all sorts of athletics and water polo is by far the most taxing sport I have ever experienced. Body fat? There's no floating around in water polo. The more muscles the better.
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Teaching egg beater is not easy. Some people have a really hard time picking it up.
Don't point your feet. You should feel that you're pushing water with the inside of your foot and ankle. So your feet should be out like a penguin during the downward push. Make nice circles I guess by pushing out and bringing your foot back in towards your bum.

Yeah, there's no floating around in water polo. You're always swimming, wrestling for the ball or to protect it, grabbing your opponent to get an advantage
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Originally Posted by slowandsteady View Post
Low body fat is the enemy. You will sink like a rock.
When the guy with no body fat grabs onto you, you also sink like a rock.
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Originally Posted by DScott View Post
The only headgear dorkier than bike hemets.




And no, I could not hang with these guys at all.
Take a direct shot in the ear in warmish water and a cold air temperature and you will change your tune
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Originally Posted by mrbUSA View Post
Take a direct shot in the ear in warmish water and a cold air temperature and you will change your tune
Of course. I knew it wasn't some sport-wide Princess Leia fetish that made them all wear those things.

Still dorky though...
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Originally Posted by simnorm View Post
Teaching egg beater is not easy. Some people have a really hard time picking it up.
Don't point your feet. You should feel that you're pushing water with the inside of your foot and ankle. So your feet should be out like a penguin during the downward push. Make nice circles I guess by pushing out and bringing your foot back in towards your bum.

Yeah, there's no floating around in water polo. You're always swimming, wrestling for the ball or to protect it, grabbing your opponent to get an advantage
I would be one of those "some people"
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i played a bit in back in school. what a violent sport!
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I played 4 years in high school, and played club polo in grad school. Mens club season is going on right now and I miss it.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
I would never play water polo. It would cause me to build arm muscle which would weigh me down when cycling.
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Played for 10 years, and now I have a swimmer's upper body that kills my climbing. 185lb, and no fat to lose.
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
what a violent sport!
Agreed. I knew someone who used to trim his toenails to a point to combat larger people trying to drag him under with their legs.
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my swimmer convinced me to play one year in highschool. little did i know all of the swimmers used waterpolo to get in shape for swimming season. as for someone who never swam on a team before, it was hell
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Forget about playing polo and just start swimming to build up your endurance and your speed, that's all the matters... the better swimmer will win.

as far as the egg-beat kick. The way I learned is imagine that there are walls on the sides of your feet, start by just simply "kicking the walls" one leg at a time kick to one side "like you're kicking down a wall" then the other, eventually you'll get comfortable with this and start twisting your ankle to create the egg-beat effect.
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