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Technique question [May. 12th, 2007|11:35 am]


I'm not fast and I only learnt to swim 2 years years ago. I feel like Ive worked hard at technique, but I still also feel like a brick going through the water. I've read the total immersion book and have put a lot of the drills into practice. I use to drag my legs terribly and concentrated on getting my head down so my legs would come up. I feel like my legs are in the correct position now, but I still feel like my shoulders plow through the water. When i went to buy my wet suit the guy at the tri shop remarked that i have much bigger shoulders than most tri guys, but there are certainly bigger guys than me that are still faster.

Watching video of world class swimmers i notice how high out of the water their shoulders and chest are. They look like they are surfing across the water. So today I played with holding my shoulders higher in the water. The Total Immersion book tells you to swim on your side and that seems to force your shoulders into the water more. By getting my chest and shoulders higher and not worrying so much about swimming on my side I felt like I was skipping through the water. Im pretty sure I was faster, but it really wore me out quickly. That could be partly due to just getting over this cold and not swimming for a week and because I was pulling what seemed like much faster through the water.

Am i on to something finally with this style?

[User Picture]From: jessacord
2007-05-12 07:22 pm (UTC)
Funny, I saw this post in trigeeks first and answered it there. I won't spam your inbox with the same response twice, but I thought of something: can you have someone videotape you and then post the clip on youtube? I'd be happy to take a look at your stroke and can offer some advice on what you're doing right and where you can make some improvements. Isn't the internet wonderful?
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[User Picture]From: rogerdoger
2007-05-13 12:08 am (UTC)
yeah thought Id see if I could drive some more interest this way for the swimmers.

As much as Id love for you to look over my "stroke" um ok you know what i mean!

I think it would take a lot to organize to get good enough quality and enough footage for you to really have an idea of whats going on.

There is a masters pool here in atlanta that has video equipment that they use to watch swimmers stroke both above and under water. I think its about $200 to do it. But could be fun and worth it. I'll go the coach route first and see what she says.
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