Sunday, January 20, 2008

The horrifying truth...


Well, really I am not a well-informed-enough swimmer even to see the horrible truth in all of its particulars! I have just pasted in a screen capture rather than the full video, it is too awful to contemplate...

On the bright side, the force on each side of my stroke seems relatively symmetrical, the numbers are quite similar and it doesn't look wildly off; on the down side, I definitely can do better on keeping heels close to the surface (but this I feel is quite easily fixable, I don't do badly with this in general), and it is a total disaster with respect to the width of hand entry and the position of the elbows during the stroke!

(I think the numbers also suggested that the pull part of my stroke is much stronger than the push, I will keep focusing on that--we had some useful cues...)

But really and clearly I need to keep my hands on entry much closer to the midline, and then really focus on high elbows throughout!

ARGHHHHHH!

I think I will never be an elegant swimmer, but certainly I can become a much more effective one...

Just as well I do not really live in the fantastical building-with-all-night-pool-access, or I would be haring off to try some drills right now. If I can squeeze it in, I will go tomorrow evening and do a bit of tinkering if there is a quiet lane at the Columbia pool...

I have e-mailed the CU coach about having a couple of lessons. I think that even though really my job for the next few weeks is to finish book revisions, get classes underway, start biking regularly, not spend excessive amounts of money, generally deal with work and life stuff and stay more or less calm (because it will be a pity to blow the reservoirs of calm associated with my lovely recent vacation), my swimming technique problems really count as an emergency that can't wait!

Time and tide wait for no man...

(I like having a project!)

(Image courtesy of Swimming Technology Research.)

3 comments:

Wendy said...

Total Disaster = Complete Overstatement!

In fact, the hand entry position is not as bad as you might think. Really.

Brent Buckner said...

FWIW (as she has expertise in this area and I do not) I'll second Wendy's comment.

cf. Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen amongst others re: wide hand entry

Jenny Davidson said...

Yes, I hear you--and now I am not going to have any more swimming-related self-criticism, I am always trying to root it out in the self-talk of my lovely graduate students because it is so counterproductive! I am going to strive to have self-improvement instead...