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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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???
- 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.