I'm going to have to keep working on this for awhile.
Aaron Piersol is good example as well. And if you've ever watched him on the last 20 meters of a 100 back, he finishes quite strong with a very rapid turnover.
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I'm going to have to keep working on this for awhile.
If I read the rules correctly your feet must be totally submerged for starts now. No more standing upright as your toes must not be curled over the gutter before or after the start.
Dumb question but a change since I swam and wanted to confirm.
No more stand-up starts, unfortunately.
'saw this in another thread:
The last sentence might be taken as a challenge by some (not me) in this lane.
This is my first visit to this thread. I had a lot of reading to do to catch up.
I have a few suggestions that I have learned over the years (I'm 70 for FINA meets and a backstroker).
1. In some pools, I find it better to start holding the gutter. However, at some meets, the touch pad extend up 18 in and you have to use the starting block.
2. I always had a hard time going straight and usually hugged the lane line as a guide. One year my coach had us do lots and lots of drills: six kicks on side/switch to other side and "L" drill where you hold your arm straight up forming an L with your body for a count of 3. When I went to nationals that year in an outdoor pool, I remember being amazed that I went straight. I believe the drills made a huge difference.
3. As a kid, I did not backstroke except on IM. I was always dead by the breaststroke. I didn't learn until I was coaching that I had been holding my breath and gulping air. Now I consciously breath in on one arm, out on the other. I have asthma so exhaling is always a problem.
4. Kicking. When I coach I had trouble getting swimmers not to bend their knees. This past weekend at SwimFest I learned to tell them to imaginge kicking a ball. You bring your leg back, you don't bend your knee. It works like a charm to correct the kick.
5. In a Richard Quick video, he advocated turning your hips before your hand enters the water. This requires a quick snap of the hips. It solves two problems. One, your hand will enter with more force. Two, you can't over-reach if you are on your side.
I don't know why I haven't read this thread before. I found it very interesting and helpful. I am still trying to decide how much, if at all, I should dolphin off the walls.
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That was amazing!
So, Michael, how 'bout you try that at your next meet and take the DQ, too?!
P.S. Betsy, it was great meeting you at SwimFest! As a coach, you might be interested in my recent post on "The Breaststroke Lane". I included a link to the video and notes from Dr. G's power testing.
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Apparently, that was wrong. According to the records page of the Channel Swimming Association, Haydn Welsh swam the Channel backstroke in 13 hours, 42 minutes, sometime in 1992. Apparently by 2002, his swim was somehow forgotten.No one has ever swum the Channel using the backstroke.
In the meantime, Tina Neill swam an all-backstroke crossing in 2005. At the time, Swimming World believed it to be the first backstroke crossing ever.
The June 2006 newsletter of the Channel Swimming Association clarified,Neill Crosses English Channel Swimming Backstroke --September 14, 2005
ENGLAND, August 9. TINA Neill, 39, of St. Paul, Minnesota, became the first person to successfully complete a solo crossing of the English Channel using only the backstroke.
She walked into the surf, backward, at 2:50 am at Samphire Hoe Beach just outside Dover and landed on Wissant Beach, France, again walking out backward, at 4:12 pm for a total time of 13 hours and 22 minutes ...
I cannot explain why the records page of the Channel Swimming Association says Welch swam in 1992, but the newsletter says 1993.Just for the record: Haydn Welch has asked us to confirm that whilst Tina Neill was the first lady to swim the Channel backstroke in 2005, he was in fact the first swimmer. Haydn made the first recorded successful backstroke swim on the 6th Sept 1993.
In any case, the Channel has been crossed backstroke at least twice.
Wow, that is a fantastic video. It really shows the speed of the underwater.
Chris Stevenson, are you faster underwater (for just 25) or swimming?
I always had a hard time going straight and usually hugged the lane line as a guide. One year my coach had us do lots and lots of drills: six kicks on side/switch to other side and "L" drill where you hold your arm straight up forming an L with your body for a count of 3. When I went to nationals that year in an outdoor pool, I remember being amazed that I went straight. I believe the drills made a huge difference.
Thanks Betsy. Is this drill Richard Quick's L drill? Where can I see a video?
I first learned the drill at a clinic. I can't remember if it was in Quick's video or not. I borrowed the DVD from a coach.
A good article about Canadians at Worlds...
Very impressive, mature comment from Sinead regarding her approach to her backstroke competitions... especially after setting a record...
“I'm really happy about the record,'' said the 18-year-old Russell. “I just wanted to go race my heat, I didn't expect to beat the time again. The key is to work on me and not everyone else around me."
Probably a good starting point for coaching any backstroker!
Backstroke - still starting out, totally. Although my lifetime backstroke net distance is likely < 300M, I tried it recently and I have to say it just felt damn good. Not "good" as in form, but more as a relief.
Maybe it's my body telling me to swim upside-down for a change.
Is backstroke typically less demanding on shoulders than free?
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To experience the difference in stressors, stand at the edge of the pool where your shoulder is level to the deck.
Facing the deck (freestyle) lay the arm in front of you, palm down and push down on the deck. Now turn 90 degrees to the deck (backstroke), lay the arm out to the side with the elbow slightly behind the shoulder on the deck, again palm down, and push down. You will likely note the shoulder stress more across the front of your shoulder.