Friday, April 12, 2013
My coach was at the Y this morning to observe my swimming and give me some hints. She said overall my stroke is good, and I was delighted to hear that. My head is in the right position. Mostly she said I need to relax (as if I didn't know that) and to stretch out more. She wanted me not to swim so flat but to swim on each side. She said to breathe bi-laterally if I can, every third stroke in order to get me to do that side swimming. She did say if I was going to do a triathlon I'd need to breathe every stroke because with the nerves of the race I'd need the oxygen. At this point I'm thinking more about competing in the Senior Games swimming events next year rather than doing a triathlon, but I'm not ruling it out. I did realize that I need to make sure I breathe out all the air bubbles when my head is in the water in order to be ready to breathe (thanks, Watermellon). My coach also said, as Joyinky commented, that due to my weight loss I'm having to adjust my stroke to being less buoyant and naturally lower in the water. Also, she said I am going pretty fast. I think she was saying I should slow down if I want to go farther for right now. I can do 200 yards (8 laps) of breaststroke easy. 100 yards (4 laps) of backstroke is no problem. 50 yards of crawl and I need to stop to breathe. Today I didn't want to overdo it since I have a 5K race tomorrow. So I'll practice next Friday if not before.