~Friday, Friday, swimmin’ down on Friday/SPLASH SPLASH SPLASH SPLASH!~
TIME: around 45-50mins odd.
CRAMP: none! Praise be! (I had eaten banana/crisps, taken multivits, stretched AND remembered my bottle of water so all admire my shining halo).
This time round I managed quite a few more laps of bilateral breathing, and had a complete crisis of confidence that I had front crawl mechanics correct or not.
A while into it, I realised that if I made sure my right arm was moving down and backwards when I was breathing on my left hand side, it made getting to the left hand side easier? But I am sure this goes against what I thought ‘was right’. But I also had a bit of crisis of confidence following my spying on zipper drill lady from last time at Marshall St, and thought I might as well try it for a while. It helped me breathe, but am I completely wrong? I don’t know!
In desperation I turn to youtube. This vid from SwimLabs is nice and clear, and suggests something called a TUMMY DRILL, which is such a nice name I think I will try it… but it does appear to indicate that when you are breathing, each arm should basically be as stretched out behind you as much as it is in front of you, i.e. you have completed all your stroke by that point. This is also backed by Speedo about 2 mins in (once you get past the obligatory HEY, FINS! HEY SNORKELS! bit).
So, I found something that seemed to help with one thing i.e getting me out of the water enough to breathe, but all guidance appears to say this is rubbish, don’t do it. So, what to do!
Another thing – I think I noted this before but forgot – side kicking drill. However, I am ashamed to say that this looks difficult and I am NERVOUS to try it in the pool with other people around as I get in the way as I mess it up! Wah!
Anyway I gotta go, gotta get on the bus, decide what seat to take; I have more than just swimming to think about so…
SEE YOU NEXT WATER TIME