Archive for August 16th, 2009

Fixing my swim form

Got a swim lesson from my coach. It was quite informative–maybe there is hope for me yet.

Few key points he brought up that made quite a bit of difference right away:

  • Keeping the kick range small (think of the body as a torpedo) and just below the surface. Getting a sense for the right kicking by the feel of the water.
  • Timing of the arm entry. Keep the other arm stationary as long as possible. The catch-up drill drove the point home.
  • Powering the pull. Using some paddles, he asked me to swim one lap with one and then the next lap without. After explaining the dynamic of the pulling motion (maximizing efficiency in the 3 feet distance), I steadily got faster.

I think everyone should get a swimming lesson. I’m looking forward to enjoying my swims a lot more.

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