Monday, February 9, 2009

Champion Swim Clinic - Week 1

I'm attending a swim clinic on Sundays. Today we worked on balance, which turns out to mean "body position in the water". Apparently a lot of us sink when we breath or just sink in general.

In addition to some really helpful drills, we got video-taped swimming and then got to go over our tapes with the coach.

My video was embarrassingly bad. Not only do I sink when I breath, my legs are too far in the water and I'm not doing something correctly with my hands. (What I'm not sure yet. Maybe next session they'll go over arms?) Oh and I'm not swiveling my hips. (I was supposed to swivel my hips?!)

But there is some good news. The timing on my arms appears to be fine. Some people were "rushing their strokes" or "windmilling". Apparently I don't do that part wrong -- just all the other parts.

I'm so glad I signed up for this. Just doing laps at pool would not have corrected any of these issues, because most of them I didn't know I was doing wrong. Swimming is the most technical of the three sports in triathlon and having good technique makes the most difference there, from what I can tell.

Which is not to say that my coached bike workouts and coached interval training won't help me too. But there is a lot less I'm doing wrong there so it's really more about building up the endurance and the distances.

I have to say I'm a bit stunned by how badly I swam this week. I think I got over-confident after swimming for half an hour back in Nov. I haven't swum since and that turned out to be a bad idea, because now my swimming is worse than my running, believe it or not.
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