Speaking of GBA swim workouts, I have been swimming at the pool with a group of other parents with the swim team coach. We haven't always had the distance that I wanted, so last night, I arrived early and knocked out 800m before the workout started... let me just admit: STUPID! Coach tonight was totally going to prove me wrong (not to mention telling me I swim completely wrong).
Here was the workout:
200m free warm up
6 x 100m free sprints with 15 second rests between each set
4 x 100m building free (50m), 25m breast, 25m free sprint
200m - back (50m), 25m breast, 25m free
Yeah, Coach H wanted me to pay for coming early, I think. Each time I wanted to quit. My arms are quite sore. But this will be my last swim "workout" until after Philly... Yay, TAPER ISLAND! (Boooo).
I did learn a couple of things that I plan to implement in Philly.
1. I usually breathe on every 3rd stroke which means I breathe on each side. When I was
2. I swim too "pretty". Yup... coach said that I need wider strokes and to make it sloppier. Seemed completely unnatural too. But I am working on it... arms slapping the water, splashing.
3. Head down.... further. Obviously, I swim with my head down, but by looking straight down, I am swimming more efficiently... try it! I felt like I was gliding across the water. I am going to test this at Philly... if I remember. Efficient = faster!
4. Rotate my core more to maximize breath intake and stretch my stroke. I was reluctant to try it, but it did feel better. Who knew that this ex-swim teacher and ex-swim team coach swam wrong her whole life?
Okay... time to get back to Taper Island, where is my Pomtini?