My first day with REAL swim direction

By Skip

Being my day off from running I was excited to get back in the pool.  After all, I have been running 6 days straight now and my legs need a break… what a better way than a little swim training.

The other day I had posted that I was going to meet with South Florida’s “Stroke Doctor.”  Gary is a well known swim instructor and knows about the specialities of triathlon training and the skills needed for endurance sports.  That is what led me to him in the first place. 

As soon as we (DH & myself) we jumped in the pool, Gary begin to film our existing style and stroke.  Let’s just say I will be getting my moneys worth out of him.  Breaking down the video in slow motion I was able to see all kinds of things wrong with the way I was currently swimming.  After further explanation, I was amazed as how the tiniest of things (like body parts out of the water or position of the body) can effect your overall performance….. drastically!

We worked on a few drills and parted ways for the week.  DH and I have quite a bit of work to do over the next week before our next lesson.  What we learned today was fundamental and everything revolves around getting it right.  It is going to be difficult to override some bad habits that I taught myself over the past several months. 

For those of you reading this and are considering swim lessons or just considering doing a triathlon at all, learn the right way from the beginning.  I was concerned about this from day one but I didn’t listen to myself and thought that I could watch online video and teach myself.  Let me just say there is no replacement for having somebody in the pool with you analyzing how you swim and physically put your body in the correct position so you can feel what you are doing wrong.

Filed in: Olympic Training, Sprint Training, Swimming, Triathlon, Video • Monday, October 18th, 2010

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