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Swimming Critique

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.
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  • _LINDA
    That is awesome you are doing so well with most of your swimming strokes!! Getting good advice from your fellow Sparkies and coach is priceless! All very interesting information you never really think about in regards to swimming.
    Keep up the great work and all the best in the 5K, can't wait to hear how you did!!
    1833 days ago
    Have you done much open water swimming in a big crowd of people? From what I understand, that is the real challenge of triathlon swimming.
    1833 days ago
    Work your way into it and change a few things and you will be a winner!
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    You inspire so many, so thanks for sharing your progress. Even tho I could not even think about what you are doing it gives me ideas how it can be applied to the things I can do. You are an excellent source of information for lots of your spark buddies.
    1833 days ago
    It's great that your swimming critique was so positive!! You're doing terrific!
    1833 days ago
    I am so happy to have others doing the three sport thing... there's a guy at work toying with the CSG triathlon idea, and I get so exciting virtually living his training for his first, same as I did when you were going after your first HM. I get such a charge out of not just my own achievements but those of my spark friends!

    As for the work thing? I always remember that however stressed I feel, my bosses have it just as bad. They are not squeezing the rest of us on purpose... and yet... somewhere up the chain... should there not be accountability for not starting sooner? As in, this law was passed two years ago, why is it no one knows the rules? Not even the feds!

    Sigh. How do you build something when they don't draw the blueprints until the night before it's supposed to be finished? Still... if I didn't LOVE the puzzles, I wouldn't be in this line of work.

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    Comment edited on: 4/12/2013 9:08:42 PM
    It sounds like you got some great feedback! I've watched some of the lap swimmers at the Y that are very fluid when they swim. (A few are competitive adult swimmers) They all have one thing in common and that is establishing a fluid rhythm when they breathe and stroke. They don't seem to alter their pace and they are very steady in rhythm. Some breathe on both sides, depending on the stroke, and other breathe only on one side. It was interesting to read your comments and feedback from your coach. Thanks for sharing!
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  • MIRAGE727
    Sweet! I'm going back to training for my swimming as well. I'm looking at Gulf swims one night a week with this Tri group. Even though I have an incredible amount of swim knowledge in the past, I'll probably have to learn a new stroke as I will be training for a Tri. It's great that you are sharing, Marsha, as it is helping me with my education as well. Stay focused and train well!
    1834 days ago
    You are so inspiring:) emoticon emoticon
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  • -AMANDA79-
    I also have the problem of not getting rid of all my air while my head is down. Then I have to finish breathing out and breath in the short time that I lift my head. Swimming takes so much concentration!
    1834 days ago
    Good luck with your swimming
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  • MKELLY72
    You are so amazing!! I was never able to figure out how to do the crawl back in swimming lessons as a child, and it looks so cool to me. I find it so frustrating figuring out how to breathe.
    1834 days ago
    Wonderful that you got some professional instruction, just have to master the new techniques now emoticon emoticon
    1834 days ago
    Glad you got some useful info. Good luck!
    1834 days ago
    Good information! So glad you scheduled this time with her and shared. emoticon
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    I appreciate that you have to adjust your swimming techniques to your now less buoyant self. When I was over 300 #s, I couldn't sink even though I wasn't much of a swimmer. Now, I have to work to stay afloat, but at least I can dive deeper.
    1834 days ago
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