(Closed) Any swimmer bees?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Is there any way that you can do swimming lessons at a pool near you? It’s sort of hard to help when I can’t see you swim! I wish there was a way I could help more!

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It’s been a while since my swim team years but I’ll give it a shot.

Keep your body as streamlined as possible. If you are swimming freestyle (or crawl) put your face in the water (seems obvious but a lot of people don’t) and do the proper breathing by turning your head when you need air. With your kicks, don’t be worried about how big of a splash you are making. Splashing does not equal more powerful kicks. Instead, keep your legs and feet just below the surface of the water and keep your kicks small, fast, and tightly controlled. If you are doing a dive start, don’t do a deep dive. Try and stay skimming along the surface during the entire race.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I always keep mine rigid and I’m pretty fast. In my experience, the deeper you drop in the water, the slower you will go. That includes bending limbs. Keep your body taut and as close to the surface to the water as you can.

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Edina makes a good point about staying shallow which applies to your arms too.  (Still talking freestyle/crawl here.)  They don’t make a circle like a windmill.  Reach forward and once your hand is in the water pull it straight back to your hips, not down towards the bottom.  Make sure your fingers are together and your hands slightly cupped. 

Also like Edina said, short, fast kicks are better than long ones.  I keep my legs pretty straight but don’t expend too much energy here – think live tree branch rather than a 2×4 as far as stiffness goes. 

Rotate your body a bit so that you can get a good reach and breathe back towards your arm pit.  You’ll find a little pocket of air there and it’s much more efficient than picking your head up.  Speaking of breathing, aim for breathing every 3+ strokes rather than say everytime your right arm comes up.  It takes some getting used to but it feels much better once you do. 

Also, get comfortable with the breast stroke.  It gives you a good break without making you stop. 

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head.  It’s really making me miss swimming!  I need to get back in the pool.  It’s been way too long!  Good luck with your triathalon training and don’t feel bad, you have lots of company.  My cousin is a professional triathaete and swimming is his least favorite as well. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Whoops.  Double post.  My bad.  Carry on.  🙂

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

That sounds pretty good.  Yes to down your side but be careful about coming too far under your chest.  Your hand can come underneath your body a bit but you don’t want it way under there.  Thinking about keeping your elbows high might help.  You’re right that any sideways movement with your hand is inefficient.  It’s especially easy to do when your hand first enters the water. 

Do you have paddles available?  (Hard plastic cups the size of your hand.)  Those amplify your pull and so it’s easier to feel where you’re not getting the most out of your efforts.  (Not to mention they make your muscles work harder in general and they slip sideways easier seeking that path of least resistance so it helps build those muscles as well.) 

Head positioning is important too.  When you look up it pushes your hips down which increases drag.  However you don’t want to be looking straight down either.  You shouldn’t really be able to see where you’re going.  Obviously you won’t always be able to do this during the race but when you can it will help.   

Goodness this is hard without being able to show you what I’m talking about or seeing exactly what you’re doing!  Have you looked on youtube?  I’m sure there have to be videos that talk about technique.  I’d look for a good one but can’t access it right now…  Hopefully I didn’t just make things more confusing!

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