Swim Practice

[Thursday, December 19, 2013]

I wonder if I was tired today. It took me 15 full strokes per length. There were a couple lengths that I pretty much could have taken a 16th stroke.

I still need more work developing a snappier kick.

If I increased my stroke rate I noticed a definite decrease in stroke length. I've got to maintain the super slow stroke rate to maintain the same stroke length. So, I've got work to do to allow me to increase my stroke rate.

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Swim Practice

[Wednesday, December 18, 2013]

My kick was better today than yesterday. It was definitely less of a thrash and closer to a flick. But, I'm still not feeling a fluid switch or any type of a surge when I switch. I came closer to maintaining a scissor-like orientation of my legs and would like to continue to focus on fine tuning it.

My breathing was better today. I felt much more of a sensation of having a weightless arm and being able to just glide along patiently as I took my breath.

Each length took 15 strokes. I was still a bit shy of the wall on my 14th stroke and had to take that one additional stroke.

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It's okay to ask for help

[Wednesday, December 18, 2013]

It's even okay to pay somebody to help.

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Swim Practice

[Tuesday, December 17, 2013]

I practiced in the 25 yards lanes today.

I experienced a blip in the coordination of my stroke and kick when I started the first length, so I immediately stopped and returned to the wall. Fortunately, I straightened things out without a problem.

While my sequencing of the stroke and kick was correct, something still did not feel right throughout the swim. I felt like my kick was more of a thrash than a flick. I couldn't get that corrected at any point in the practice.

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Swim Practice

[Monday, December 16, 2013]

Well, I have either already totally nailed this or I'm still confused and doing it totally wrong. I'm pretty sure it's the former.

Whichever side I was skating on is the side that I stroked and kicked on to drive my hip down and propel my arm into the water to make the weight shift to skate on the other side. That's got to be it, right?

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Swim Lesson

[Sunday, December 15, 2013]

Today's lesson was similar to the other lessons in regards to my being totally discombobulated. But, as I saw with the others lessons I'm sure that I'll pull it together in a relatively short period of time. I am not going to schedule another lesson, yet, though. Even Danny suggested that I hold off on setting up my next lesson until I have seen that I have had enough time to practice this large change and incorporate it with the other skills I have learned.

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Swim Practice

[Saturday, December 14, 2013]

I had to swim in the 25 yard lanes today. Additionally, somebody swam in the lane with me. I would say that I was quite thrown off and many things fell apart. But, I think that's actually a good thing. I think that I had really locked into a groove in the 17.5 yard lanes. The new conditions presented me a new challenge and thus a new spark to remain focused.

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Swim Practice

[Friday, December 13, 2013]

I think that I may have been completing the elbow drill in 12 - 14 strokes.

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Swim Practice

[Thursday, December 12, 2013]

I made a bit more progress today, just not as much as I made during the three previous practices. I think I may have reached the point that I'm going to have to focus more and practice more to create smaller incremental gains.

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Swim Practice

[Wednesday, December 11, 2013]

I did it again! This may seem like I'm exaggerating or maybe perceiving things in a skewed fashion, but I swam better today than I did yesterday. I'm really astonished at how much progress I've made.

I did tremendously better at swimming in a less turbulent fashion on the elbow and forearm drills. I am pressing my buoy and balancing tremendously better, too. Breathing was much smoother. There is still a small tendency to lift my head a times, though. I absolutely minimized my kick. It was basically a lazy little flick with each stroke.

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