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    Just got some videos - need critique

    I've just get myself recorded for open water swimming - please tell me how bad I am. I'm targeting 5 km open water swimming competitions now.

    https://youtu.be/tOJAdVtMzL8
    https://youtu.be/VvF1ShVZ4OA
    https://youtu.be/jV-MuOeTduA

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    Re: Just got some videos - need critique

    Not much to be seen from that distance and water opacity, but from what I can see it looks like your kick is detrimental to your balance. There isn't a ton of rhythm or drive to it. I'm not sure if that's because of the waves in the open water or if that's how it looks in the pool too.

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    Re: Just got some videos - need critique

    The middle of the three vids is really the only one that offers much to see. Like JPEnge, I really only see issues with the kick. And since you're training for a 5k open water swim...IMO (which I think I share with others) you don't need a particularly strong kick for that long of a swim. You do however want to maintain a good, streamline position in the water. Personally, I only kick enough to 'feel' the surface of the water, and keep my body level. You seem to be doing that. But, in your case, you have a bit of a scissor kick happening. Try to concentrate on keeping your legs closer together as you kick.

    Dan

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    Re: Just got some videos - need critique

    Quote Originally Posted by ForceDJ View Post
    The middle of the three vids is really the only one that offers much to see. Like JPEnge, I really only see issues with the kick. And since you're training for a 5k open water swim...IMO (which I think I share with others) you don't need a particularly strong kick for that long of a swim. You do however want to maintain a good, streamline position in the water. Personally, I only kick enough to 'feel' the surface of the water, and keep my body level. You seem to be doing that. But, in your case, you have a bit of a scissor kick happening. Try to concentrate on keeping your legs closer together as you kick.

    Dan
    Oh my god I haven't still got rid of that dreaded scissor kick since the coach told me this fact a few months ago.

    I'll try to get some more OW videos the coming weekends if possible. This set of videos are actually my first set of OW swimming videos because I don't have any friends who swim with me, or even know swimming at all, and I just got someone on the beach to record it for me (those who swim regularly at that beach are elderly who don't know how to use a smart phone)

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