Swimming - AGAIN!
I had such a good session in the pool this morning . . . that I’ve just got back from another session. Loads more work on the same basics as before, interspersed with some lengths of full stroke.
What I’ve found is that on all the drills from The Fish upwards, the thing that really helps me is to flick my head round to breathe, rather than a lazy whole body roll. By doing this, I keep my body’s position better, and don’t find my underwater arm drifting out to act as a brake. It also means that I can increase my breathing rate - I have quite a low lung capacity, but can really move what volume I have quickly.
The upshot of all this was that at the end of the session, I did some timed 50’s and 100’s, and found that
a) I could actually do 100m front crawl, without feeling that I was drowning. The stroke count per length was more or less constant, and I didn’t feel exhausted at the end. I know this doesn’t sound that impressive, but believe me, this is a big step for me.
b) My easy front crawl speed is now pretty close to my full-on breast stroke.
One last thing - there’s a new edition of Total Immersion out (also in the USA - amongst others recommended by ZappoMan) - the one in my earlier swimming post today is the copy that I have. Not sure what’s been updated, but the price has come down. Worth the money before . . . worth twice the money now.