Not swimming and not swimming well

18/01/2010 at 1:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve been out of the pool since Wednesday with an incipient cold – the sort I used to ignore until last year when I realised that it will only come back again if I carry on swimming.

Meanwhile, Triathon Friend has watched the ‘swimming in the Lez’ video and given me the following bit of feedback:

” V impressive but if you want a technique tip it looks like you’re flipping your legs rather than bringing them out and round from the hip”.

which is more than possible because although I did attend the London Borough of Camden’s group swimming lessons for what seemed like a year (but was probably a few weeks) when I was about 10, I never learned breaststroke (on the other hand, I do remember learning back, butterfly, crawl and side and the only one I can even attempt of those is back).

TF sent me this guide to breast stroke from a series on swimming technique in the Guardian, which I will attempt to absorb and put into practice: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/jul/30/fitness
The series as a whole looks great, although I can’t help panicking at the thought that years’ worth of swimming has been valueless because of my poor technique!

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