So, I am pretty much the slowest swimmer ever. I learned how to to swim the summer of 2009. I did my first mile+ swim in January 2010. It was the 1 Hour Postal swim. I swam 2100 yards in an hour. In September of this year, I did another hour baseline swim & I swam 2200 years in 61 minutes. Not much improvement in speed over the past 2 years.
I have been thinking on what to do to help improve my swimming technique. I used to swim with Masters but the cost & schedule was a little tough. After I joined the Y, I was considering taking private swim lessons. Recently, I have read a few positive comments about Total Immersion. I received an Amazon gift card from Active Ambassadors a couple of weeks ago & decided to use it to buy the Total Immersion DVD & book. (Sorry to anyone that thought I was taking an actual class. I would love to but the closest one seems to be about 5 hours away.)
I ordered it last Tuesday. I was surprised when it arrived the next day since I selected the Free standard shipping option. I immediately started reading the book but didn't pop in the DVD until Saturday morning. There are 8 lessons on the DVD. I wanted to watch the entire DVD but Steve told me not to since I would get it all confused in my head when I tried to actually do the lessons. I knew he was right so I stuck to only watching lesson 1.
I decided it would be good to do a 500 yard baseline before starting the program. I figure I will work on each lesson for about a week before moving on to the next one. At the end of the program I will re-time my 500 yard swim. I should be done with the program around February 1st.
After watching the first lesson a few times & taking some notes I headed to the pool. I did a 100 yard warm up & then did my 500 yard time trial. My 500 yard time was 13m15s. Yeah, I know, TONS of room for improvement!
After I finished my time trial I started on the Lesson 1 drills. They include the following:
Laser Lead Flutter
Core Balance Position
Core Balance Breath
I didn't have much problem at all with the Superman Glide & Flutter or the Laser Lead Flutter. I did have problems with the Core Balance Position last Saturday. Basically you are supposed to push off & glide while rotating your shoulder out of the water. I could not for the life of me do it. I tried several times & then I would go back to doing the Superman flutter then try the core balance again. Still couldn't do it. After about 35 minutes of drilling I decided that was enough drills for the day. I swam another 500 yards then water jogged for about 5 minutes.
I watched the video a few more times but couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. I went back on Monday morning to give it another shot. After a 500 yard warm up I started the drills again. I immediately figured out my problem. I was trying to do the Core Balance without kicking. Duh. It was super easy once I figured that out. I drilled for about 30 minutes & finished off with 15 minutes of water jogging.
I did the same routine Wednesday morning. One interesting thing I noticed is that I could cover the same distance in the Superman glide in less than 2 push offs. When I did the drill on Saturday it took 3-4 push offs.
My goal is to get in the pool 3-4 times a week to work on these drills. For the next 2 months I am going to focus on drills & swimming for fun. I plan to leave my watch in my gym bag until I am ready to do the next baseline.