Ever wonder what the life-guards are thinking when you are doing your early morning swim workout? I always did. Well…
Today I found out and it wasn’t pretty. I trust this kid, he is a lean 25 year old grad who is a lifeguard at the gym I work out at. He also happens to be a swimming coach, spinning instructor, and a triathlete (and he mentioned something about Nationals). After talking shop for a while he asked if he could critique my swimming stroke. The results are in and besides my entire swim everything is 100% perfect…. I’m not discouraged, I have a few months to work on these weaknesses and come back stronger this year for my second triathlon season. Here is what he said.
- Reduce splashing
- Smoother swim
- Avoid passing centerline
- May be result of my kick-board grip
- Pint fingertips towards bottom of pool
- More rhythmic/consistent
- Switch sides every three strokes
Catch & Finish
- Improve Technique
- Poor catch
- Follow through another 8” at final part of stroke
Vary Intensity of Workouts
- Do not do a workout at the same speed
- Swim at various speeds
Other than that, everything is great.
PS In my own defense he was critiquing me after I worked out 5 days straight logging 20+ miles running and 50+ miles biking, but that’s no excuse. I’m humbled and determined to try harder!
Stay tuned for an update soon (if I don’t drown in my self wallowing).