It was good - I was feeling rather sluggish, and decided after the warmup that it would be a good day to work on a few things with the kind assistance of Coach Henning. I think this will be the way to keep a lot of pool time during my marathon taper, too - figure on the Monday and Wednesday morning sessions as technique work.
Warmup: 500 choice (I did 100 free, 100 back, 100 free, 100 IM, 100 free)
75 kick - drill - swim fly for a bit of feedback. I feel that this stroke is actually working pretty well right now, especially after that great lesson with I., but that there is one thing I do not really get yet - Henning singled it out, but I'm not sure quite how to work on it. It's the upper-body part, that ballistic motion where arms fly forward and you really come up out of the water. He says - go to the gym! But I will ask I. this Saturday if we can do a bit of work just on that - I am fine for now, though, I'd say.
Then I did 30 minutes of flip turn practicing! Hmmm, as a drill I am definitely doing better with these than I was in the spring. (It really is helpful to push off on back so as not to worry about the turn part of things.) But when I did 225 swim with turns in the last bit of time I had, they were pretty awful again! It is just going to take a lot of work. I was thinking - if I could have a magical fitness-related wish, it would be that I just somehow already know how to do a good turn for free and back. Then I thought - well, if I am willing to sink 30-40 hours in it, it will be boring but probably I will be able to do them perfectly well at the end!
100 back to finish
So: not much actual swimming, but some very useful time spent thinking about stuff.
900 yards total plus 30 minutes flip-turning