I’ve been swimming with T3 for about 1 1/2 years consistently (well…sort of consistently) and I’ve made some darn good improvements in that time. A 100m repeat used to take me about 2:20 and I was taking 35-40 strokes per length. No jokes. Freakin’ windmill, I tell ya!
I’ve since gotten those 100’s down to 1:55-2:00 and my stroke count is in the low to mid 20s. My endurance has also improved as I can hold that time for several repeats.
Trouble is, I’ve been at this plateau for several months and I’m ready for a breakthrough.
I decided to have a 30min private swim session with another Austin swim guru, Amy Marsh. Don’t get me wrong…I dig my T3 coaches, but I wanted a new set of eyes to look at my stroke. Perhaps she would see something new or explain something a little differently that may click in my little peabrain.
I know without a doubt that my kick is a weakness of mine. I despise the “kick w/ board” drills and any other drill that involves feet only (without fins). She duly noted that I have pretty inflexible ankles…typical for runners. It’s just hard to move fast when your feet are essentially flexed most of the time.
Other than that, everything looked pretty darn good according to her. Body Rotation…good. Arm and Catch Positioning…decent…High Elbow Recovery…good.
Her advice?? Just Swim More.
Damn…I was afraid she’d say that.
Heading to Ohio for a week to spend time with family, friends and food. I’m hoping to score several swims and a couple of runs while we’re there (even if it is 9 degrees…ewww)
Happy Holidays to All!!