coyote pelon wrote:
- around 2:25 +/_ / 100 yards slow, just swimming, no aids. I have been told my stroke, breathing, head position, catch, etc. etc. is okay, BUT, my butt is too low, in the water too deep, same for calves and feet. Legs/butt/feet are not on the surface of the water enough- dragging /slowing me down. Okay I see that. How do I get that part of the body to ride higher in the water? Swim downhill, press the chest down, belly button against spine, lift feet to surface. Okay I see the theory of that - though I don't seem to be making much positive progress in accomplishing that . At this point, fins and my "weak" kick don't do the trick.
Solution ? ---- use something to lift said part of the body - pull buoy or buoys . Seems logical to me. One pull buoy gives my about 2:15/100 yards. More leg float - 2 pull buoys gives me about 1:50 /100 yards. That's more like it.
1. It seems like to me, the pull buoys and my increased speed confirm the need to get those legs up higher. DO YOU ALL AGREE WITH THAT CONCLUSION?
2. If it was possible, do you think the equivalent of 3 pull buoys would increase my speed even more? or is there a point where higher and higher legs don't make any difference and actually start to slow you down?
3. What else can I do (drills ? ) to get those legs up without pull buoys?
You mean that even using fins you can't get your feet/legs up to the surface??? Are you using full length fins, e.g. roughly 10-12" long depending on your foot size??? IME, *most* swimmers with weak kicks can go faster with fins than with the buoy, not sure about 2 buoys as have never tried but i think there is a point where you are as buoyant as possible. A third buoy prob wouldn't slow you down but might not make you any faster, espec given the difficulty of keeping all three betw your legs. :)
Regarding drills, i would swim with fins a bunch: swim say 500 w/ both fins, then 500 as 5 x 100 with one fin off and try to get the fin-less foot to replicate the finned foot's motion, then 500 as 10 x 50 w/ no fins, 500 w/ fins to finish up 2000 yd/m.
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