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My Indy SwimFit review!

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First and foremost - I want to say the Indy SwimFit meet was run very well! I had plenty of rest time, the results were posted extremely fast and the people running the desk were REALLY cool.

So to get to Indy, I decided to take the Amtrak. Its easy to get to, and its super low stress. This trip I take my friend Tessa. She's a great friend and she promised to video tape my swims.
We arrive in Indy about 11:30 PM, and walk about 300 yards to the hotel (GREAT PLANNING). After getting ready for bed, I fall asleep until about 4:30 AM. I finally get out of bed right around 5:15 get my stuff together in the dark and start walking around the hotel. Finally around 5:45 I make my way into the restaurant and get my first cup of decaf. Finally after consuming a massive amount of food by about 6:30, I get up and I walk over to the computers for the hotel and start playing around on the forums, facebook and gmail. (See here: [ame=http://forums.usms.org/showpost.php?p=219296&postcount=48]Forum Post[/ame])

As I'm sitting at the computer - I see a few people walking through the hotel with their own swim bags. I figured I'd just introduce myself and make friends - what a GREAT idea. The person I met was Nadine Day. First off - she knew EVERYONE at the meet, so I got to meet a lot of fantastic swimmers and make a lot of new friends. Secondly - I immediately labeled her as my surrogate coach. She actually did quite a bit to help me learn at the end of the meet and I'll be repeating those drills at pretty much every practice.

So enough fluff - I swam the 50 Back, 100 Back, 50 Free, 50 Breast and finally 100 Free. I'm coming to the conclusion - if I at least do one race well - its a good meet. :-)

Before the race - I received a free swim cap. I figured I would try it out! Why not; right? I did a few practice laps and decided I would just keep it on for the rest of the meet. It was a really weird feeling not feeling the water on your head.

Results

50 Back
"I'd like to go at least a 50 in the 50 back this time. I did a 53 last weekend, and I think this time I'm going to be a little better prepared mentally for the race. I've also increased my backstroke during the week and kick to help push myself down the lane."
BORKED
My goal in backstroke is always to survive. Although - its also to beat last meet's time. As of July 4th I don't have my official time for the Badger State Games, but I know I swam an equivalent time so I was pretty happy with that even if I didn't swim a 50. At least I'm not getting slower! I remember at the very beginning of the race I was choking on the water as it kept coming up over my face with my left arm. So I relaxed the arms and made sure that my stroke was even and calm and the water stopped flowing over my face. Watching the video - its pretty obvious that I don't know how to start. Something that I just have to learn in practice. As I'm watching though - I'm noticing that I bend my knees when I kick. This will be corrected as I learn the drills that Nadine taught me. I also worked to try and make sure my shoulders came out of the pool when swimming; you can tell when I'm thinking about it and when I'm not because I either do it or don't. Practice will even that out though.

100 Back
"I'm hoping I survive. No kidding. It's going to be a long race - and I'll swim it as hard as I can, but we'll have to see. I'm also hoping to have a good flip turn followed by a strong dolphin kick. I'm aiming for the flags off the wall!"
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The race started the same as the 50 back - with me choking from water from my left arm. I again chilled out and let my arms relax. I swam a much better race. When I flipped turned off the wall, I didn't get any air right before my turn, so I was totally in O2 Debt by the time I came out from under. I also had a very deep flip turn for whatever reason. I came up and was able to breath again. At that point it was just "make it to the wall". I swam a 1:55 - which was great for me especially because I thought I was going to be doing about 2:00+.

50 Free
"I'm working on my sprints this week. I'm hoping to be able to make it to the 49 meter mark before I'm totally starting to cash out this time! So that means I need to dolphin off the dive and extend my dive for a little longer than I did last weekend. I swam a 33ish in 50 SCY, and a 39 last week. With some improvements in form that I'm working on I think I can speed things up significantly. My goal is going to remain 35 (as last week)"
BORKED
<Sigh> This was a very disappointing race. I should've come up sooner and relied on my on my ability to swim rather than dolphin kick underwater. I wasted a lot of time in that race underwater. (Nadine came up and basically told me she was happy I was working on my underwater - but that was too much). I also didn't finish that race completely exhausted. So I know I didn't give 100% and I know I could've done much better. I ended that race on a 40, which sorely disappointed me. Next time I'll make it. I KNOW I can!

50 Breast
"Survive again. It would be nice to finish my 50 Breast in under a minute. Its my weakest stroke mostly because my kick is essentially useless. I'm working on it, I just need time and experience I think. However - specifically - I'm going to make sure that each lunge forward with my arms helps propel my body forward."
BORKED
I did manage to complete this race in under a minute! I was super excited about that. I spent this race completely focused on form. That was far more important to me than any time or anything like that. So I made sure to allow time for a little bit of glide before going into the stroke again. Next time however I will probably take a little less time gliding and a little more time swimming. I think its about learning that delicate balance? Coach will tell me eventually. :-)

100 Free
"I'd like to see no goggle problems this time, a strong dolphin kick off the wall and pacing it right. Again - with some strong improvements in form that i'm working on - I think I can speed this up significantly by this race. Goal: 1:25"
BORKED
Well, I certain did not swim a 1:25. I swam a 1:30. By the time I hit the blocks on this race, I was only focused on making a stand against that awful 50 Free I did before. I remember coming down, feeling pretty strong. My swim into the wall was not really that great (those bulkheads were trippy for me... I will have to swim in that pool more). After coming off the wall - I noted the guy next to me was beatable. So I decided to push it, hard. I started kicking harder and swimming harder. This entire time I was also not taking the time to breath every other stroke or even every three strokes. I limited myself to 4 or 5 strokes per breath thinking "You can breath when you're done...". I pushed myself as hard as I could into the wall with that guy right on my tail. He ended up kicking it in just at the last second and beating me by .05 seconds. I need to work on my finishes apparently :-) That race was a great race for me and I'm very proud of it.

All in all at this meet I was happy with how it turned out. I met Mary Pohlmann, Nadine Day, and quite a few other people whose names currently escape me. I can't wait til my next meet, regardless of the pool size. I do happen to really like the long course though. I really wish I could train in it. I've also decided after this weekend, I definitely need more swimming in my life. So I'm currently working to find more pools to swim in as well. We'll see how that goes and we'll see if I'm capable of keeping it up! Thanks for all of your encouragement everyone!

Tonight: Drills at the Lake Bluff Rec! Going to basically just do drills for a couple hours to work on form. Post ideas for drills if you want!

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Updated July 7th, 2010 at 03:46 PM by bzaks1424

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  1. knelson's Avatar
    I should've come up sooner and relied on my on my ability to swim rather than dolphin kick underwater.
    Hate to say I told you so, but I told you so! A 50 is about getting up and going. Also, your stroke looks fine in the video. What you've really got to work on is increasing your cadence. You look like you're starting a distance race, not sprinting. I'd suggest start doing some 25s in practice where you really blast off the wall for a few cycles. Just work on turning it over as fast as possible. Don't even really think about your form. Just concentrate on moving your arms as fast as possible.
  2. ElaineK's Avatar
    Way to go! You're setting goals and achieving them- and enjoying it with enthusiasm! We're wired with the same enthusiam gene...

    I read all of your other posts a couple of days ago and I must say I'm impressed with your weight loss and positive improvements you have made in your life. You took and turned it into . Keep up the great work!

    I viewed all of your videos; the breaststroke video with the most interest, since I am a breaststroker, as you know. My advice to improve the breaststroke: LISTEN TO EVERYTHING ALLEN STARK HAS TO SAY! He's an awesome Top 10 breaststroker and posts great advice on the forums. Read the entire "The Breaststroke Lane" thread to catch some of Allen's best advice. I put it to use and it has helped. But, I have a long way to go... If you go to my video analysis and listen to what the coach says (make sure you listen to the commentary, rather than read what very little was written...), you can learn from my mistakes, too: www.theathletevillage.com/ElaineK.

    Thanks for letting me know about the State Games; I was unaware they existed! Too bad I missed Georgia's while I was in Alaska. I would love to go to my former city (San Diego) for their state games, but my travel budget won't allow for yet another trip!

  3. quicksilver's Avatar
    Nice job.

    From above the water you have what appears to be a very balanced and clean looking freestyle recovery. High elbow and smooth. When you become a little more fierce about racing, those times will drop. What I mean is that your turnover appears slightly too conservative for a sprint race. Go out hard and die like a man. It's a short race. The pain will be over with before you know it.

    Since backstroke is my favorite...please allow my 2 cents. You're right on about your kick. Never ever bend your knees when doing backstroke to the point that they break the surface. You'll wind up dragging the whole pool along for the ride. Point your toes and keep the flutter fast, tight and rhythmic. It's a six beat kick, like this: 2 to the left, 2 to the middle and 2 to the right. It's done this way to help promote rotation. You never want to be swimming flat like a tug boat.


    Again great job.
  4. gigi's Avatar
    Congratulations on a wonderful meet. I also love to swim LCM, but I only swim in it twice a year for meets. I wish I could practice in a long pool more often. I love your enthusiasm - I can't wait to read more about your adventures!
  5. KEWebb18's Avatar
    Nice swims! Keep up the hard work. Thanks for sharing your experiences with the meet! I absolutely LOVE swimming at the Natatorium
  6. aquaFeisty's Avatar
    Congrats on the meet! The Firecracker meet is always a fun one... just couldn't quite make it this year!
  7. swimmerb212's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by quicksilver
    Go out hard and die like a man.
    We always used to say that at our team, until two years ago when an older gentlemen actually died during the 1500 at a meet... Now we just say GO OUT HARD AND!

    I agree with the others in that 1) congratulations! and 2) your freestyle looks solid, just work that arm speed. I just improved my arm speed ever so much by pretending that I'm a clock with two hands that can't stop. I'm no coach, but that's just a small mental picture that worked to get me out of the rut of smooth-distance-y strokes. and 3) I wish all courses could be long courses.
  8. bzaks1424's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    Hate to say I told you so, but I told you so!
    As usual - you have proven to be correct :-) From now on I will do better to listen to the experienced advice!

    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineK
    My advice to improve the breaststroke: LISTEN TO EVERYTHING ALLEN STARK HAS TO SAY! He's an awesome Top 10 breaststroker and posts great advice on the forums. Read the entire "The Breaststroke Lane" thread to catch some of Allen's best advice.
    ...............
    If you go to my video analysis and listen to what the coach says (make sure you listen to the commentary, rather than read what very little was written...), you can learn from my mistakes, too: www.theathletevillage.com/ElaineK.
    .............
    I would love to go to my former city (San Diego) for their state games, but my travel budget won't allow for yet another trip!
    Thanks Elaine! I will probably start reading the breast stroke lane today. Even though I probably could be finding more constructive things to do - this is probably the most fun! :-D I will also check out your video in the next day or two.
    As far as San Diego goes: its not til August 2011! You have time!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by quicksilver
    Go out hard and die like a man. It's a short race. The pain will be over with before you know it.
    .......
    Never ever bend your knees when doing backstroke to the point that they break the surface. You'll wind up dragging the whole pool along for the ride. Point your toes and keep the flutter fast, tight and rhythmic.
    Yeah - I'm working on that - I've started my own swim workouts outside of my 3/wk practices. I'm calling them Sprints and Strokes. They're designed to be very short distant workouts which will focus on form (helping rule out fatigue) and build on things like lung capacity during my sprints, proper kick, proper pull, etc... I'll be posting on it within the next hour or two actually in my blog.

    Thanks again to everyone for your comments! This sort of response gets me energized to keep going!