Friday, March 4, 2011

Stoke Analysis....I SUCK!!!


Well, I only suck a little bit. But how in the hell have I been getting through the water the past 26 years that I have been competitively swimming? How have I not ended up with some shoulder injury? How have I not had anyone up until now ever tell me that it looks like I am floundering rather than swimming? Coach Tim took some video of my swimming and yesterday I got to see it and get some stroke analysis.

Here is what I have to fix:

  1. Get my butt up! I am dragging my lower body through the water because my head and shoulder are too high. I have to get my head down and basically look at my belly button.
  2. Stop crossing over my right arm! It does not feel like I am crossing over my right arm but the video does not lie. I have to start reaching out with my right arm so it feels like I am trying to touch the lane rope.
  3. Stop pulling through with my right arm about 6-7 inches away from my body! I need to pull along the shoulder and hip line so I feel the water pass over my thigh.
  4. Stop aiming my left fingers over to the right side of my body! I have to aim those finger tips down to the bottom of the pool and get my elbow up.
  5. Stop making such damn big scissor kicks with my legs! Keep the kicking tight. I do this when I work with a kick board. Why can't I do it when I swim???
  6. Stop rotating my body so much when I take a breath! I have to rotate in the neck and shoulders and not the hips and legs.
I hope I hit them all. Damn, I have a lot to work on. Back to the pool tomorrow.

Later gators,

Liz

9 comments:

TNTcoach Ken said...

LOL, that sounds like my golf swing..........

greyhound said...

And how can I be so pretty and yet so slow?

Christi said...

I have the same problem with my lower half. I have to work on that. Good luck with your stroke!

Speed Racer said...

*shudder!* the only thing worse than hearing my voice on the answering machine has got to be watching a swim stroke video. If I never get one done I will never find out how ugly I am when I swim and so can still show my face at the pool!

Jamie said...

Doing just one of those things is probably easy. The hard part is figuring out how to fix all those things all at once. ;-)

I'm with Speed Racer. It has been a while since I've had my swim stroke looked at, and there is a reason for that.

I always make it back to shore or the end of the lane line eventually...

Regina said...

Hmmm....I see a lot of me in there. I've been busting my ass to clean up my technique.

Ryan said...

Sounds like an "easy" fix!

Benson said...

Oh the humanity.
I recently saw myself swimming on vidio also.
I have many of the same issues and it kills me.
Good luck fixing. One thing at a time.

Rainmaker said...

This sounds like me...I look at my video and just shake my head...no really, I'm somehow shaking my head in the water. Not good at all...