01|02|13 SCM - it's technique review time again
by, January 2nd, 2014 at 04:45 PM (453 Views)
Warmed up with 500 easy free WFSP
3 x 50 DFS free moderate + 50 drill
- 34, 34, 32 on moderate sprints
4 x 25 DFS free fast (with video to analyze)
- 13 low's to high's
Tried to get under 13 but thinking about it, it's gonna take another level of stroke form improvement and streamline to get there. The DFS's from this pool side really aren't much faster than from a push (side slopes up and only one foot grips properly, esp when wet), but it does simulate entry and SDK portions of block starts rather well. Though the angle is too gentile, I also feel starting from the side forces you to get into entry position quicker.
Here is a front shot from under the very turbid water:
Left arm naturally shaped for swimming
Being accident prone, when I was a kid I seemed to break my arms quite often, as each arm had been broken twice before I was 11 yrs. On one occasion my left elbow broke rather severely deforming its range of motion. Surprisingly, 40 years later this would help me swim faster - lol.
I also just recently realized this. Though this is the arm with the trick shoulder, I have always seemed to get a better feel and grip from the left side underwater pull - it just feels more natural. The shoulder related drawback however occurs during the left arm recovery (feels awkward, like it is in the danger zone in range) where I compensate with the right stroke and find difficulties maintaining solid rhythm, roll, and streamline. I may show a clip from above the water demonstrating this in another post.
At least 15° off: