Over The Ledge

Just finished up my swim:

4X300 @ 5:02 – 5:18
1X400 @ 7:00
1X500 @ 8:44

Not to shabby for today. I am continuing my upward trend with energy and I think I have finally kicked that cold. Just in time too.

I, again, made some adjustments to my form. My prior thinking of stroking faster didnt seem to help too much, and was making me tired over the longer swims. So I went back to the usual 17 strokes/25 yards and tried to concentrate on my “drag potentials.” For most of the time, I have be inserting my hand straight ahead of my shoulders, and stroking in a sweeping fashion to the sides. Think fish fins.

I figured I could slide through the water easier if I kept everything as tight in as possible. I still insert my hand in front of my shoulder, but now, Im concentrating on stroking straight back, tight agaisnt my body. The motion can best be imagined as someone hanging from a ledge trying to pool themselves upward.

From today, things seem to go great with this variation. I seem to move through the water much more smoothly, and my shoulder turns come more natural. My times were a good ten seconds faster for the effort I was putting out. The only thing I have noticed after doing this for two sessions is that my wrist take a pretty good beating. My wrist and forearm make an “L” (Long part being my fingers pointing to the bottom of the pool) as I stroke past my chest. Kind of an awkward angle.

In any case, Im going to roll with this at this race Sunday and see what happens.

About Ironvan

From couch potato to Ironman triathlete in 2 years.

Posted on June 18, 2010, in Training. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I had always been under the impression that you should be as streamlined as possible, just like when you hit the water from the diving blocks. Until about a year and a half ago when my coach said, “Mmm… nope! That’s not very efficient!”

    He re-schooled me just like you said – hands entering the water straight out from your shoulders. I think of it like I have two poles sticking out from my shoulders and that’s what I’m reaching for.

    I’ve rocked the s-stroke since 5th grade swim team, and that’s what I’ll stick with till the day that I die. đŸ™‚ Try it out next time in the pool and see how it feels on your wrists…

    • Hey Erika,

      I was wondering what you were up to these days! I hear you about the sticks. I imagine putting my hand in a jacket straight ahead. The s stroke works well for me too, although I am not its master. I tried the new form out yesterday and I’m happy with the results. I’ll be posting on it in a bit!

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