Monday, 6 August 2012
I'm having to trawl the net for these "swimages".
Another swim today. Not so Zen at all. I've been bothering my brain with reading a book on swimming, one of the Total Immersion series on front crawl. (Yeah, yeah, freestyle, whatever...). I've been told it many times. Swimming is all about technique. But when you start to try and work on your technique the whole thing comes apart.
The main Total Immersion thing is that you need to swim long in the water, and in balance...and you need to swim with your top half down in the water so your legs come up, and you need to sway from side to side so you come up for air without turning your head...and you need to swim from your hips, not your shoulders.
So pretty soon I was just flopping about exhausted in the water with Mr Speedy trying to swim right up my arse, just to make a point I think. And the book does say there's not much point in trying to change your style because we do what we do from muscle memory rather than because its what our brain is telling us to do. So what you have to do is deconstruct your swimming and just do heaps of drills and then put the whole thing back together. I believe this is true because that's how you learn to play the piano. However, I don't have a pool to myself to practice endlessly in and last time I looked Total Immersion swim weekends were c. £800 so that won't be happening.
But in the meantime I have a DVD winging its way from America which is going to SHOW me how I should be swimming. When enthusiasm has you in its grip you shouldn't be allowed access to Amazon. So maybe that'll help. Who knows.